News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From CWRU School of Law, Human Trafficking Project….Learn more about how these folks help victims of sex & labor exploitation. Click here: If your organization needs a speaker for your next virtual meeting consider giving these folks a call.

O From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
>>  An Ambassador Training Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. –
Register Today

O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland:
>>  Will be presenting….Human Trafficking 101 - The Basics,
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (ET). Learn more about the realities of Sex and Labor Trafficking and how you can get involved.  Learn about upcoming programs and more about the organization by clicking here:

O  From Buckeye Health Plan…. If you have clients, friends or family that are Medicaid & MyCare members they should know that they can get up to five free round trips to food pantries, farmers’ markets, health related education classes, parenting classes & more.
Buckeye members can arrange transportation by calling 866-531-0615 at least 48 hours in advance. For questions about member benefits or services, call Member Services at 866-246-4358.

O  From Partners In Education….Will once again be hosting the Annual Pierogi Dinner on Friday, March 5th. The event is takeout only and tickets may be purchased by clicking here:

O  From Ohio Dept of Education:
>>  February is Career & Technical Education Month. Click here to check out this series of Health Science & Construction videos that may help students explore what it takes to work in these fields.

O  From Achievement Centers for Children – Camp Cheerful…. Registration for their weekly homeschool/preschool Pony Pals program for typically developing children ages 4 & up is NOW OPEN. Each hour long class includes a 30 minute beginner horseback riding lesson Each hour long class includes a 30 minute beginner horseback riding lesson and a 30 minute hands-on ground lesson. Classes are held on Mondays from 9:30a-10:30a OR Wednesdays from 10:45a-11:45a at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. Sessions start March 1 and run through June 30. Each 6 week session is $180.00 and is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.  

O  From County Board of Develomental Disabilities….Is offeringmonthly educational forums on topics of interest to people with developmental disabilities, family members and others who provide care and support. These forums are open to the general public and are free of charge. All forums are held the second Tuesday of each month (March - October) from 6:30-8:30 PM via Zoom. 

O  From Parma Area Chamber of Commerce:
  SAVE-THE-DATE - Assuming all goes well, the 30th Annual Rib n Rock has been tentatively scheduled for June 10 – 13 at Tri-C. Check the Chamber’s web site for updates:

O  Best of Parma 2021….The opportunity to vote for your favorite/s will soon be coming to an end; winners will be announced on March 5th. Go here to register your vote:

O  From Child and Family Advocates Center of Cuyahoga County (CFACC):
Looking for a different kind of volunteer opportunity? Help provide a voice for children who have been abused and neglected by becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer.

O  From Educational Svc Ctr. of NE Ohio….
Will be hosting a virtual fair for high school students focused on Education & Training (March 16th), Employment (March 23rd), and Enlistment & Service Careers (March 30th.) Each day begins with a parent overview session from noon – 12:30 pm.

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >>  From Normandy’s Sword & Shield Restaurant…..Quantities are limited so don’t delay submitting you order. 

O  From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/Univ. Settlement:
      >>  For any student interested in Data Science as a career, sign up for this FREE Bootcamp being hosted by GreyCampus. Go here to learn more & to sign up:
 >>  Find out what’s new with MyCom at, sign up for their e-newsletter, join in their Wisdom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization. 
>>  Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: the Clothing Center & among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow) their FB page at for updates.
O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library….
>>  Kindergarten Club: Is your child heading to Kindergarten this fall? Give him/her a leg up by enrolling in “Kindergarten Club”.
Many MORE families are now eligible. This program is for children and families who have NOT had a classroom based preschool experience this year, but who are moving to Kindergarten in Sept. This would include children who were virtual only this year, homeschooled kids, kids with home based babysitters and children who are cared for by a family member, parent, grandparent, neighbor etc.  Get more detail here: . Should you have any specific questions/concerns contact Emily Stupica, Ed.S., at or 216-215-5262.  See additional reference below.
>>  Public computer access is available at all Cuyahoga County Public Library branches during regular library hours. The reach of their WiFi service has been extended to make it easier for customers to access the internet from their parking lots.  Learn more here:
>>  Computer Classes….Over 15 virtual computer classes have been scheduled for the month of March. Go here for details: .     
>>  If you are a home educator or teacher consider signing up for “HOMEROOM” CCPL’s new monthly newsletter for K-12 teachers and home school educators. Each issue shares the latest upcoming events, services, research databases, learning opportunities and other resources specifically for teachers and their students. Sign up here: .
>>  New this spring and worth checking out….more than 50 virtual programs for adults on topics that include health and wellness, hobbies and personal finance.
>>  Also new and worth a visit….The Small Engine Repair Reference Center is now available with your library card. The database offers detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all-terrain vehicles, marine/boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, tractors, generators and other small engines.
>>  Ancestry access until March 31….Ancestry Library Edition has expanded at-home access until March 31. Research your family's history with searchable Census, immigration and court records. Start researching.
>>  Learn how to hold a conversation in more than 70 languages. Go here;  to try out MANGO.
>>  Video resources for parents/caregivers trying to plan a virtual schooling experience for their very young children, especially those with first time Kindergarteners. Give these Kindergarten Club videos a try at:
>>  Need help with remote learning issues? Go here for remote learning tech support for parents, students as well as educators:
>>  To receive current, detailed information about these services plus upcoming events & more, consider registering for their e-newsletter at   

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 11:42 AM, 03.01.2021