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Center for Community Engagement

Faculty & Staff

Cans & Coats Drive

The Center for Community Engagement partnered with the Freestore Foodbank to deliver basic necessities to our neighbors in need during the 2012 holiday season and cold winter months. Donations were accepted at numerous campus locations and select home athletic events from October 16th - November 2nd. The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 12 million pounds of food annually in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana--but their mission is much greater than simply feeding the hungry. The Freestore Foodbank connects with individuals to provide food and services while working to create stability, and further self-reliance for people in crisis.

The Cans & Coats Drive saught donations of non-perishable food, winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks for distribution to the most vulnerable among us.


Over 200 cans were collected at the UC Swimming and Diving vs. Xavier!

Collection Locations

There were barrels at each location in which anyone could drop off cans, coats, and more.

  • Calhoun Hall (main lobby)
  • Campus Recreation Center (breezeway)
  • DAAP (5th floor entrance)
  • DAAP Café
  • Daniels Hall
  • French Hall East
  • French Hall West (main lobby)
  • Richard E. Lindner Center (2nd, 4th, and 5th floors)
  • Schneider Hall
  • Siddall Hall
  • Steger Life Center (outside rm. 455)
  • Swift Hall (outside the 7th floor Honors Lounge)
  • TUC (200 and 300 levels)
  • Turner Hall (lobby A)
  • University Pavilion
Collection at Athletic Events

The Athletic Department has stepped as a major partner in this drive with the goal of collecting 2,000 cans. In addition to the on campus collection barrels, donations were collected at home UC athletic contests including

  • Swimming & Diving vs. Xavier: October 19th, Keating Aquatics Center, at 3:00p
  • Men’s Soccer vs. Louisville: October 27th, Gettler Stadium, 7:00p
  • Volleyball vs. Louisville: October 28th, Fifth Third Arena, 1:00p

The most needed food items include: canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, chicken and soups. All sizes of coats and gently used or new winter clothing were/will be needed needed, especially larger sized coats.

The Freestore Foodbank was able to collect 2,600 pounds of food and 1,236 coats during this drive!

For more information contact If you'd like to make a donation to the Freestore Foodbank, visit them at

We hope to partner with the Freestor Foodbank again during the 2012 - 2013 academic year, so if you'd like to be involved stay tuned or contact the Center for Community Engagement directly.

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2012 National Student Day Community Service Fair 

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 the Center for Community Engagement invited Faculty and Staff to meet non-profit organizations and community partners at the 2012 National Student Day Community Service Fair. Both community partners and faculty took advantage of this opportunity to network, initiate potential collaborations, and explore the possibility of a Service-Learning relationship.

Organizations that were represented at the Service Fair:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Lung Association
  • American Sign Museum
  • ArtWorks
  • Behringer-Crawford Museum
  • Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
  • Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Cincinnati Ballet
  • Cincinnati Community ToolBank
  • COR Music Project
  • Covington Mentoring Program
  • Dance With My Daddy
  • Dramakinetics
  • Enjoy the Arts
  • Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
  • Gorman Heritage Farm
  • Heartland Hospice
  • Hoxworth
  • Leap Beyond Therapy
  • LeBlond Boys & GirlsClub
  • Mercy Health - St. John
  • New Edgecliff Theatre
  • Office of Second Language Acquisition (Cincinnati Public Schools)
  • Ohio Oriental Culture Association
  • Parkinson's Wellness Chapter
  • Power Inspires Progress
  • ProKids
  • Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
  • Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses
  • St. Margaret Hall
  • Stepping Stones
  • Sycamore Senior Center
  • The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
  • Warrior Run
  • Washington United Church of Christ
  • Women With A Vision
  • Women Writing for (a) Change
  • YMCA of Greater Cincinnati/Westwood School

With live music by DJ Layton from Mad Frog, a sampling of Pepsi food and beverage products, and an on-site project at which volunteers can assemble care packages to be distributed to the Anna Louise Inn and Ronald McDonald House it was a great event. Students who attended the service fair entered to win a $250 gift card to UC Bookstores, a Semester Parking Pass or a Kindle Fire.

If you were not able to attend the fair and would like to connect with one of these organizations, contact

Service Learning 

Service Learning (SL) is a specially designed learning experience in which students combine reflection with structured participation in community-based projects to achieve specified learning outcomes as part of an academic course requirement.

The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement works specifically with academic community engagement.


The University of Cincinnati has a long and successful history incorporating philanthropic components into academic coursework.  Learn more about current and previous courses here.