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Common Ground will be closed on Saturday May 25th and Monday May 27th in observation of Memorial Day


Exciting News! Common Ground's Donation Drop-Off Location has moved to 147 E. Winter Street. Same Hours - Easier Access! 

How to Help—



At Common Ground Free Store Ministries, volunteers are at the heart of everything we do! We literally cannot open our doors without them. Each time we're open, 15-20 volunteers make or serve food, run the store, and take in donations. We invite individuals, families, and groups to sign up to volunteer. Every person, every interest, passion, and skill set can be a part of making a difference! Join our mission today!

  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 or by phone at 740-417-1285.

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