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O From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
The next free Ambassador Training Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Register TodayTo learn more about their community outreach initiatives and prevention & educations program offerings, click here.
O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
  Check out these 15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking as assembled by the U.S. State Dept. Some good stuff here w/additional links to more. Well worth a visit.
      >>  Learn more about the HT Collaborative by clicking here: While there scroll down & consider registering for one of their Specialty Education programs, i.e.: “The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Substance Use Disorder”.

O  From OCALI - Inspiring Change For People With Disabilities….Visit their expanded web site (     for updated information re: trainings, resources and new program offerings. If you have a professional or personal interest in this topic I’d recommend scrolling to the bottom & signing up to receive a copy of their very informative e-Newsletter.
O  From Center for Community Solutions:
      >>  New Community Fact Sheets are available
for Ohio counties, state Senate and House districts, federal Congressional districts, and select neighborhoods and local government districts in Greater Cleveland. Check them out here:
      >>  And speaking of DATA….Visit  …. NEOCANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a suite of innovative, free data tools of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (the Poverty Center), a research institute housed at Case Western Reserve University's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

O   From American Red Cross….The local chapter has put out a call for volunteers to support blood drives, local disasters such as home fires and for military members and veterans in our area. To learn more, visit or contact Melanie Collins, email:;  Ph: 330.204.6615. And, if there’s an opportunity for a rep to speak at an upcoming meeting of your organization, they’d be more than willing to oblige.

O From The Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities – Learning Aid Ohio…
Supplemental learning support in the form of $2,000 summer learning  grants are available for students w/disabilities. If your child had an IEP or a 504 Plan during this unique school year visit for details & to see if you qualify.

O  From The Education Service Center of NE Ohio – Student Wellness Dept.:
Check out these Parent Engagement  sites:
      >>  Resources for Families and Programs During School Closures
2021 Summer and Beyond Online Directory
ADAHMS Board of Cuyahoga County - Provider Network Guide 2021
      >>  Ohio’s Crisis Text Line:
Throughout Ohio, you can text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Data usage while texting the Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line (

O  From Ohio Dept of Education:
  A new set of publications/resources countering underage drinking is now available from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Svcs. Administration.
      >>  With more students learning in a virtual environment, student information has become more widely available, leaving children vulnerable to identity theft.

O  From MetroHealth….TheirProject DAWN program (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) is an opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution program providing free education including how to use naloxone (also known as Narcan), the antidote to opioid overdose. 

O  From Islamic Center of Cleveland, 6055 W. 130th St, Parma, 44130:
      >>  The Ibn Sina Free Health Clinic….
offers free healthcare services to community members who are uninsured or under-insured. The clinic serves anyone in need regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity.  Visit  for details.
      >>  Offering Free Fresh Produce the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30am to 12:30 pm. Federal program income guidelines apply; please bring ID & your own bags/cart; no admittance before 10:30.

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >>  Kindergarten registration has opened as of April 1st. Learn how to register your child by clicking here:
      >>  Visit for the most current information regarding all things District related. While there take a moment to view the MONITOR NL and/or current week’s “PCSD IN :60”.
O  From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/University Settlement:
Need help supporting your teen during this COVID crisis? Visit SAY Social Advocates for Youth, a program of Bellefaire JCB ( ). Their March e-Newsletterwill give you an idea of what the program is all about and is full of tips on how you can address the issue of teen FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) & Missed Milestones.
      >>  If you have a client, or know a victim of, or someone who may be at risk of abuse or being trafficked
, click here:  to learn more about the state’s SAFE AT HOME program description.
      >>  The Cleveland Kids Book Bank has recently received donations of over 70,000 brand new books just in time for the spring season. Learn more about how this organization supports literacy in Greater Cleveland and how you can get involved.
      >>  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 (CCPL)….
 If you’re looking for something to do w/your child on a pleasant Spring day, visit one of these STORYWALK branch location & follow the StoryWalk path of pages. Read together and talk about the story as you go.  
      >>  Aspire Greater Cleveland helps adults gain the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens. All GED/HSE, ESOL and citizenship classes and orientations are now online. If you are int caerested call 1.833.ASPIRE2 for more information.
      >>  The Cuyahoga Works program is now offering a variety of virtual workshops providing job seekers with tips and strategies to help find success in the workplace. Workshops include: Key Steps to Returning to Work After an Extended Break, Tips for Job Seekers Over 40, Creating Winning Résumés and Cover Letters.
      >>  Computer Classes….Virtual computer classes have been scheduled for the summer months. Go here for details: .     
      >>  Being offered in May 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.
      >>  Learn how to hold a conversation in more than 70 languages. Go here;  to try out MANGO.
      >>  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 5, Posted 3:45 AM, 05.01.2021