Category: Events

Student Assistance Drive Update

Each year, NEEDS holds a Student Assistance Drive to help provide school supplies and warm winter clothing to students in the Deer Park, Sycamore, and Princeton school districts. Teachers and administrators in these districts are keenly aware of how many families struggle to afford these necessities – so they were excited to receive gift cards enabling them to purchase exactly what their students need!

NEEDS is so grateful to the many donors who contributed to this year’s successful drive!

Now Through August 31: Student Assistance Drive

NEEDS is holding our annual Student Assistance Drive!

In just a few weeks, students in the Deer Park, Sycamore, and Princeton districts will return to school – but many families in these districts cannot afford school supplies, or even necessities like food and clothing. NEEDS is seeking donations of gift cards and money to help purchase supplies for the beginning of the school year, and to provide students with warm winter clothing in December. You can help!

What to donate:
– Gift cards from stores such as Walmart, Target, and Kroger
– Visa and Mastercard gift cards
– Gas cards (many families live in areas where busing is not available)
– Check (marked for Student Assistance Drive)

Please mail your gift card or check to:
c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati OH 45236

You can also donate through PayPal on our website:

Please donate by August 31. Thank you!

Eat at City Barbeque to Support NEEDS!

City Barbeque is donating back to NEEDS – you can help by eating!

When: Thursday, June 22
Where: City Barbeque, 10375 Kenwood Rd
How: City Barbeque will donate 20% of dine-in, takeout, drive-through, and pickup order proceeds to NEEDS. When placing your order, please let City Barbeque know that you are supporting NEEDS (for online orders, use code FundA).
RSVP and more details:

Volunteer Treasurer Needed!

NEEDS is seeking a new volunteer treasurer and/or volunteer bookkeeper. This is a challenging, fulfilling, and vital role in helping NEEDS to feed and assist our neighbors in northeast Cincinnati – all done at home and on your schedule!

Duties include working with other assistant treasurer volunteers to record donations, pay expenses, and prepare and present financial reports at our monthly board meeting. Accounting or bookkeeping experience highly desired. QuickBooks experience very helpful.

For information on this volunteer position, contact Carol Topp (current treasurer) at 513-777-8342 or

Freestore Foodbank Hunger Walk

Each year, the Freestore Foodbank hosts a Memorial Day Hunger Walk fundraiser to benefit its partners – including NEEDS. Registration fees and all other donations are given back to each partner to help feed people in their neighborhoods.

This year’s Hunger Walk will take place downtown on May 29, but you don’t have to walk in the live event in order to sign up and earn money for NEEDS! Simply visit and join team NEEDS!

You can also register as an individual or create your own team. Just be sure to choose NEEDS as your community agency – and remember that 100% of money raised in our name will go directly to NEEDS!

The Piggest Raffle Ever!

Want to support NEEDS – and win cash? The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon’s Piggest Raffle Ever is the perfect opportunity!

Simply visit, choose NEEDS as your charity to support, and select the number of tickets (or “pigs”) you’d like to purchase. Each ticket is $5, and 100% of proceeds go directly to NEEDS!

On May 7, the grand prize winner will receive $5000 – with an additional $5000 awarded to their charity!

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