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During inclement weather, the Free Store will be closed when Delaware City Schools are closed or when Delaware County is under a Level 2 or higher snow emergency. 

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Volunteering FAQ's

  1. When can I volunteer?

    CGFS needs volunteers during the following hours:

    Monday: 10am–1pm, 5:15–8:45pm
    Tuesday: 10am-1pm, 5:15-8:45pm
    Wednesday: 9:15am–1:15pm
    Thursday: 10am–1pm, 5:15-8:45pm
    Saturday: 9:15am–1:15pm

  2. Can I volunteer with my family?

    Yes! CGFS appreciates and welcomes families who want to volunteer together. We do require that children who are in 5th grade and below work directly with their guardian (1 parent/guardian per child). Please also note that younger children sometimes have a hard time volunteering for that long!

  3. Can my youth group/school group volunteer?

    Yes! CGFS welcomes youth volunteer groups. The largest number of youth that CGFS can accommodate is 15. All youth group volunteers must have completed 5th grade. If there are any middle school aged youth (currently in or entering 6th grade through 8th grade), CGFS requires a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 youth. For high school student groups, a minimum of 2 adults must be present.

    An individual youth (not with a group) who wishes to volunteer at CGFS without a guardian present must be 15 years of age and/or started their freshman year of high school.

  4. I need community service. May I volunteer at Common Ground?

    CGFS welcomes community service volunteers (Under age 15 requires a parent/guardian to volunteer with them). CGFS accepts community service volunteers for the following reasons:

    - Housing
    - School
    - Organizational (churches, social groups, etc.)
    - Court-ordered

    Please note: Common Ground reserves the right to turn anyone away for court-ordered community service and will not allow community service for people with the following offenses: sexual assault or predation, violent crimes, or theft.

Have more questions? Please contact our Volunteer Manager by email at volunteer@commongroundfreestore.org or by phone at 740-417-1285.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • United Way of Delaware County

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