The association focuses on being a good neighbor
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Every now and then everyone needs a little help. This is why Bob Goldstein, a resident of Cuyahoga Falls, said he was a volunteer.
“It’s good to give back to the community,” Goldstein said.
Inside a 9,000 square foot building on 2nd Street are shelves of groceries, donated clothes, shoes, hygiene supplies, housewares and more, all neatly sorted by the good neighbors of Cuyahoga Falls. Goldstein has been volunteering with the association for about four years and has been its president for two years.
“We try to stay on top of the needs of the community,” Goldstein said. “And we survey our customers to see what they are struggling to find and afford. Every week we provide our customers with food, hygiene items, baby items, diapers, wipes, all kinds of baby supplies, household cleaning items, clothes, shoes and, well sure, bread, dairy.
The nonprofit has been helping people in need for 53 years and is stepping up its game due to the pandemic. In the past 12 months, they have distributed over 85,000 meals to the local community.
“Last year we distributed over 125 tonnes of food. This year we will do a little more than that, ”said Goldstein. “We’re there for people when they need that little push, when they’ve lost their jobs, when they’ve had an illness, when hours are reduced during the pandemic. There are a lot of people who were doing well, but they barely made it when they lost an income. It was difficult for him. They had expenses they had committed to and things were tight. So we’re here to help.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a rotation of about 75 volunteers helps people get through difficult times.
“Our customers know they can come once every 28 days,” Goldstein said. “If they are out of food, if it is an emergency, we will serve them at any time. ”
None of them are paid. They just live by the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated.
“We all feel lucky to have reached this stage in our life. We had help from other people. We recognize we’ve all needed help from time to time, we’ve all received help, mentorship, and even just knowing that someone cares about you, ”Goldstein said.
It’s a one-stop-shop for any essentials, and if they don’t have it, they work with other nonprofits to get you what you need. They call it providing a helping hand, not a handout. It is the epitome of what a good neighbor is.
“You can only vote once a year to improve your community, but by volunteering you can improve your community every day of the year. And we’re lucky that Cuyahoga Falls and the surrounding area is such a great place to live. And we’re grateful for that, and we just want to do our part to continue to make it a great place to live, ”Goldstein said. “It’s about being a good neighbor.
The good neighbors of Cuyahoga Falls benefit from the generosity of the community. For more information on Cuyahoga Falls’ Good Neighbors and the work they do, the items they offer, or how you can donate, visit here.