As 2018 winds down and we enter the season of joy and cheer, we take time to reflect on all the wonderful things that HELP Foundation experienced this year.
,This summer, PetFix Northeast Ohio and firefighters from Euclid, as well as other Northeast Ohio fire departments, teamed up to create the 2019 Firefighters and Furry Friends calendar. This much-anticipated calendar is now available for sale and features our local heros with owned and adoptable cats and dogs. The photographs were taken by local Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Amy Sancetta. The calendar makes a great holiday gift for animal loving friends and family. All proceeds go toward PetFix Northeast Ohio's non-profit mission of offering high-quality, affordable spay and neuter sugeries to end pet homelessness and the need for unnecessary euthanasia due to overpopulation. Show your support for our local heroes and help PetFix create a world in which every pet has a loving home, by purchasing your calendar today for only $20 plus shipping. Calendars can be bought online at petfixnortheastohio.org or stop by the PetFix clinic any weekday. PetFix Northeast Ohio is located at 885 E. 222nd Street in Euclid.
Kiddie City Childcare Community is the proud recipient of a Dollar General Literacy Grant. The grant was co-authored by Jennifer Morrison Garza, Curriculum & Instruction Consultant at Kiddie City, and Greg Bartram, retired teacher with the Euclid City Schools.The $3,000 grant from Dollar General will serve up to 30 School Age students in the after-school program, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Kiddie City anticipates purchasing reading and literacy/educational games and tools, including a classroom library.
Kiddie City Childcare Community, located at 280 East 206th St., has finally realized its dream of opening a "free" Parent Resource Room to its families at the local daycare center. "Parents used to congregate in the parking lot at pick-up and drop-off times to network, chat and share stories", states Jennifer Boger, Director of Kiddie City. Co-founder Sherrie Zagorc envisioned a place where parents could safely gather to chat and exchange information and ideas. The new resource center is located in the East Wing of Kiddie City in Room 112. The resource room is supported fully by donations from the community.
Give the gift of independence this Holiday Season and pledge to make a monthly contribution to Help Foundation this #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018.
Euclid resident receives Volunteer Excellence Award
Through a generous grant from PetSmart Charities, PetFix Northeast Ohio is currently offering spay or neuter surgery for dogs of low-income owners for only $20. Dog owners may take advantage of this special price by showing proof that someone in the household is currently receiving government assistance. This limited-time, subsidized price was created in an effort to proactively prevent pet homelessness in areas of the community without access to affordable veterinary services.
HELP Foundation’s Continuing Education Summer Program is in its 46th year providing special education to students ages 3-22. Participants receive a fun, hands-on summer school program with activities that promote socialization along with education to prevent the loss of academic and personal development achieved work during the regular school year.
CLEVELAND, OH (Tuesday, 24 April 2018):
Do you want to help pet owners take care of their animals and enable cats and dogs to lead longer, healthier lives? So does PetFix Northeast Ohio! That’s why the non-profit is hosting the always popular Bark Madness on Thursday, March 8. This year, the fundraising event will be at a new venue, the recently opened craft brewery in Cleveland Heights – Boss Dog Brewing Co. In addition to games, raffles and great food, guests will be able to sample Boss Dog’s unique craft beers and featured “guest beers” from local Ohio breweries (wine and soft drinks are also available). Since PetFix’s low surgery fees cover only about 67% of its costs, they rely on donations and fundraising events like Bark Madness to do their important and lifesaving work. Tickets can be purchased online at www.petfixnortheastohio.org.
PetFix Northeast Ohio, located in Euclid, provides high-quality, affordable spay and neuter surgeries to end pet homelessness and the need for unnecessary euthanasia. Since 2006, PetFix has performed over 62,000 surgeries for pet owners, rescues and shelters offering animals for adoption, and those caring for free-roaming cats. By making spay/neuter surgeries affordable and accessible, PetFix plays a major role in making Northeast Ohio a region where every cat and dog born has a safe place to live.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 was #GivingTuesday. This special day is designed to be a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, our goal was to raise $5,000 to offset the purchase of two new handicap accessible vans for our consumers. These vehicles will be used to drive consumers to doctor appointments, school, work, community integration activities and much more.
We’ve been asked to stand for a variety of causes in the past several years. In 2018 I propose that we SIT for our children. Adult lives are so busy – running from place to place – that sitting down with the children in our lives has literally taken a back seat to our daily schedules. Consider sitting with children – face to face – in close proximity – to eat a meal, play a game, help with homework and talk about the day. Imagine how this simple, inexpensive habit of sitting down with a child could improve our valuable adult/child relationships! Moms and dads, grandparents, friends and mentors – this act can work wonders. By sitting down and concentrating on the child before you, you are validating that child and mentoring behaviors that will go a long way to teach important life skills that can last a lifetime.
Our gym is begging to be filled with area crafters and vendors in preparation for this holiday season. Join some of our ambitious staff members, friends, family, and community entrepreneurs on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am to 3 pm at Kiddie City 280 E. 206th St. Euclid, Ohio. Ten foot spaces are $30 (plus a tax deductible raffle basket contribution). Registration and payment is due by October 6th to hold your space and the raffle basket is due to Kiddie City by November 1st. You will be able to bring your table and display to set up at 9 am the morning of the event. Call 216-481-9044 for more information and to check out the vendors who have already committed.
PetFix Northeast Ohio will be hosting the always popular No Balls Ball on Saturday, October 7 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. In addition to great food, there will be a silent auction and raffles, wine pull, DJ and dancing. PetFix will also be honoring the 2017 PetFix Hero. PetFix Heroes are acknowledged for going the extra mile to help create a world in which every cat and dog born has a loving home.
Save the Date: Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Warehouse Sale, Sept. 8-9
You've decluttered, cleaned, and tidied your house. Now what do you do with all that stuff? Bring your unwanted items to the Henn Mansion any Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. Donated items will be used for our Annual Flea Market on April 28 and 29 which helps support restoration of the Mansion. We do not accept clothing, large furniture, electronics or exercise equipment. For more information, call 216-731-5060.
Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served over 15,000 people and brought back more than $22 million to the community. County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) in partnership with Mt Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. DSAS is located at 13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland Ohio 44120; the tax site will be open Fridays during the day. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way.
Greater Cleveland Volunteers held a volunteer information session at the Euclid Public Library in mid-January drawing more than 60 attendees.
Petfix Northeast Ohio Offering Special $20 Spay/Neuter Surgeries For Cats To Make It Affordable For Everyone
PetFix Northeast Ohio announced today that a generous grant from PetSmart Charities will enable the organization to offer spay/neuter surgeries for owned cats for only $20 (plus a free rabies vaccination). This promotional price will debut on February 1, and will be available to the first 750 cat owners who reference the “Cool Cats” promotion. The $20 rate is even lower than PetFix’s everyday exceptionally low prices (about 1/5 the cost of a regular veterinarian).
The non-profit PetFix Northeast Ohio announced today that a generous grant from the ASPCA will allow it to greatly expand its capacity to offer high quality, affordable spay and neuter services to pet owners in the region. After sometimes having to wait months for surgeries that are often 1/5 the cost of a full-service veterinarian, pet owners can now get access to appointments when they need them. “We hear from clients every day that veterinary services are out of reach. They often have to choose between buying food or medicine, paying the rent or utilities, and fixing their pet,” said Christie Lucco, PetFix Executive Director.
Registration Now Open for “Together We Can Overnight”
The American Cancer Society uses the tagline, “It’s about a community coming together in the fight against cancer,” to describe local Relay For Life events. On Friday, May 20th, the Relay For Life of Euclid showed us what that truly means.
You’ll be hearing the laughter of children soon at the former Lincoln Elementary School building as the staff and students of Kiddie City Child Care Community leave our E. 200th St. home of 10 years on Friday, April 29th and resume Tuesday, May 3rd at our new location on E. 206th St. We are grateful to the Euclid City Schools’ Board of Education for leasing us this great facility to continue our mission of providing quality care and early childhood education to eastern Cuyahoga and western Lake Counties’ children and their families. The staff and their infant, toddler, preschool, and prekindergarten students will thrive in this fantastic indoor and outdoor environment.
The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, Hospice of the Western Reserve, is hosting a free Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., to help those who are grieving the loss of a mother or mother figure. The tea will be held at the organization’s Lakeshore Campus, 300 E. 185th Street, Cleveland.
The event is open to anyone in the community needing support on their grief journey; no hospice connection is necessary. Seating fills up quickly, so early reservations are strongly recommended. To register for the event, call Felicia Dunlop at 216.486.6335 by April 22, 2016.
“Mother’s Day can be very painful for those who have experienced a loss,” said bereavement center director Diane Snyder Cowan. “The tea provides a reflective, healing place where participants can honor the memory of their mothers, grandmothers or mother figures while sharing special memories with others if they choose. We encourage those attending to bring a photo to display on our Table of Remembrance.”
Tea for the event will be donated by the Rosepointe Cottage Tea Room in Chardon. Homemade pastries will be prepared and served by volunteers. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to place a personal message on a memory wall hanging.
Ivan Schwarz and HBO “Band of Brothers” Actor James Madio to Provide Keynote
Residents of Euclid and the surrounding communities are invited to join staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Western Reserve for its 37th annual meeting, "Tell Your Story,” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Cleveland Convention Center Ballroom, 300 Lakeside Ave. Admission is free; complimentary valet parking will be provided. Keynote speakers are Ivan Schwarz, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and award-winning actor, director and producer James Madio, well known for his role as Sgt. Frank Perconte in the award-winning HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.”
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served at 5:00 p.m.; the evening’s program begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration (requested) is available online at hospicewr.org/story or by phone at 216.383.5291.
Are you a passionate, committed Clevelander dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community? Could you use help enhancing your leadership skills?
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland.
Riding Through Grief, a day camp offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve in collaboration with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, 16497 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls, is being offered for children ages 8-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Through riding and working with horses on a 45-acre farm, trained grief counselors help participants explore their feelings in a supported environment with peers undergoing the same pain.
Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2015 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation, takes place Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $60 for families (two adults and three children under age 12) and includes full-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest, t-shirts, live musical entertainment from InCahootz, memorial crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and beverages and more. Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk, or by calling 216.383.3715.
Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 11,950 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community. County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday evenings and Saturdays. Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way First Call for Help.
Children are “Forgotten Grievers"
Grieving children experience conflicting emotions during the holiday season. Excitement about presents and parties are coupled with the sadness of knowing they cannot share these special traditions with their deceased loved one.
“Family traditions may have changed since the death. It may seem like nothing is the same as it used to be or everything is the same, except that their special person is missing,” said Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.
Looking for a reasonably-priced, interesting holiday gift or decoration? Come and visit the Mary Mavec Opportunity School any Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, 10am-1pm, for a wide selection of items created by the clients including ornaments, wind chimes, ceramic plates and magnets, vases, garden stones, plaques, decorative boxes, framed art. We even have some spider webs for Halloween. All Around Town books are available for $28 each. Mary Mavec Opportunity School is located at 21701 Lake Shore Blvd. For additional information, call 216/731-4666.
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The free event will provide information and resources to the community, and enable customers to apply for utilities assistance programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Percentage of Income Program (PIPP Plus) and Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP). Customers can apply for county benefits programs such as Medicaid, Child Care and Food Assistance.
There will be a free Utilities Assistance Programs Training Workshop at noon; registration is online for the workshop at www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.
For information, call 216-987-7010 or visit www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.
Happy Memorial Day indeed! A new bicycling advocacy organization named "Bike Euclid" has recently been established. Our kick-off event was a group ride in the Euclid Memorial Day Parade.
The newly formed bicycling advocacy organization, Bike Euclid, was pleased to participate in the Euclid Memorial Day Parade. To learn more go to www.facebook.com/euclidbikesBike.
With library renovations finished, the semiannual Friends of the Euclid Public Library book sale is back on track, at its regular time--the last full weekend of April–and its regular place–all of the meeting rooms off the gallery at Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St. If you don't know where it is, look for the tank--it's a war memorial--in front of it.
Plans call for Friday, April 25, to be Members' Night, when members of the Friends can come and shop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The library itself is closed Friday nights; only the sale rooms will be open. Non-members may sign up at the door.
On April 26, the doors open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. This is usually the best time to shop; there's room to breathe (Friday night tends to be crowded) and a good selection.
Sunday, April 27, is Bag Day. For $2.00, you buy a grocery bag to fill. Amazingly, there is usually more than enough left to make the bag a huge bargain.
On March 1st, the Euclid Girl Scout Troops of Service Unit 760 celebrated World Friendship Day at Sts. Robert and William School Gymnasium. During this annual event, each troop chose a country to research, they then sold food, crafts and hosted games from that country. The event began with a flag ceremony representing each country.
This event was open to the public and had 240 people in attendance this year. All proceeds were donated to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, GA.
If you are interested in joining a local Girl Scout Troop, please contact Euclid Service Unit Leader Joyce Tucceri at email@example.com or online at Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio gsneo.org.
Come One, Come All… to the annual Henn Mansion Flea Market. Preview Night, Friday, April 25th, from 6-8 p.m.; admission $5. Saturday Sale 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; admission FREE. Lots of wonderful treasures – antiques and collectibles, housewares, linens, toys, holiday items, tools, garden items, plants, baskets, lamps, clocks, sporting gear, books, CDs, luggage, vases, jewelry, trains, vintage items, small tables, chests, chairs, mirrors and MUCH, MUCH more. If you have items you’d still like to donate, you may bring them on Wednesday evening between 7-9 p.m. during our weekly open house. If you need a pickup, please call Ginny Petrie at 216-731-9376. See you at the sale!!!
NEED FOOD ASSISSTANCE? The Cleveland Food Bank can Help!!
The Cleveland Food Bank understands that times are tough and money is tight. In order to help Northeast Ohio families the Food Bank has a full time staff of Benefit Counselors that can make the application process quick and easy for over 20 programs including SNAP (food stamps), prescription benefits, child care vouchers, WIC, medical coverage, and other assistance programs. Applications options are varied in order to accommodate your family’s specific immediate needs. Any adult of any age may apply. The Benefit Counselors will walk you through the process step-by-step. These programs are available for anyone hat needs them. If an individual makes less then $1,244 per month (gross) they may be eligible for assistance. The income limit for a family of four is $2,551.
Let us start by introducing ourselves. We are Kiddie City Child Care Community Inc. and we are located at 20110 Wilmore Ave. in Euclid. We are a non-profit child care center serving 70 children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K in a high quality 4 star rated Step Up to Quality Center. We have been serving Euclid and the surrounding communities since 2006.
On Saturday April 12th we will be having our seventh annual “Funds for Fun” event at the Irish American Club on Lakeshore Blvd. in Euclid. It is a Pasta Dinner, Chinese Raffle, and Dance. Cost for tickets are as follows: $27 per person, $50 for couples, and $200 for a table of 8. Money raised from this event will be used to fund our enrichment and activity program so that we do not have to pass this cost on to our families.
We are looking for donations that we can use for our Chinese auction or any part of our event. If you would like to contribute an item, become a sponsor for the event, or would like to attend the event, please contact Laura, Jennifer, or Dayna at Kiddie City Child Care (216) 481-9044. Your donation/sponsorship is tax deductible as we are a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status. You will also be advertised in our monthly newsletter to our families and in the “Funds for Fun” event program. Hope to see you on April 12th!
Euclid residents with an eye for a bargain and a taste for style have a new place to treasure hunt. Hospice of the Western Reserve is hosting periodic warehouse sales. The next sale is scheduled for Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland.