Seven Hills Community Services Faces Challenges Head On
It has been one year since the first cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Since then, we all have had to make extreme changes in our lives. As vaccinations are beginning to be administered, we are very hopeful that we are turning the corner and moving closer to life as we once knew it to be.
The Seven Hills Community Services Department faced many challenges throughout this pandemic, without a clear understanding of the true effects of the virus. The safety of our volunteer drivers was always our first priority. This left us the judicious choice of asking our drivers to stay safe at home. Therefore, our department took on the sole responsibility to provide deliveries for our precious seniors. A service we all took great pride in providing.
Despite all of those challenges and the 50% increase of families in need, we are incredibly proud to have provided our community with things to give them both help and hope. We have been working with area resources to help provide our residents assistance for things such as housing, utilities and food. Our Yuletide Christmas drive produced over $15,000 in food and gifts for families that would not have had a Christmas otherwise.
Early this month, The Cuyahoga County Board of Health announced that it would begin registering adults over the age of 80 for the COVID-19 vaccine on their website. The City proactively sent out messages on all of its various platform on how this process was going to work. The Community Services Department felt that it was of the utmost importance in aiding our seniors with this process. To date, we have registered over 300 people.
Our Department was faced in the year of 2020, with pivoting away from our Community Events and transitioning to Virtual Events. Additionally, city wide car parades made its debut providing widespread enjoyment for everyone involved. We enjoyed the first ever Stay at Home Days and were able to bring Santa into the many homes this Christmas season via Zoom. It just so happens that Santa is genius at this new technology.
Now, as we begin to prepare for 2021, we are working toward bringing back our cherished city events in hopes of once again celebrating with our friends and neighbors. We continue to work on the booking of bands and vendors for Seven Hills Home Days. This year our Home Days are tentatively scheduled for July 30th, 31st and August 1st. We are also excited that Elvis will be returning along with the very popular band 1988.
In conjunction with the Seven Hills Baseball Federation, the City intends on hosting opening day at Calvin Park. A wonderful tradition celebrating the young talented baseball players of our city.
In 2020 we secured a grant for a new gazebo to be located at the corner of Broadview and Hillside Rds., we are looking to enjoy summer concerts and many other gatherings. This has been trying times for us all and we are anxiously awaiting the days that we can all be together again.
Tony Terry Director of Community Services