News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the “Cleveland Rape Crises Center”: Sexual violence doesn’t stop during times of crisis, and the most vulnerable among us are facing even greater challenges to meet their needs.  The Center’s offices will remain closed until further notice, but staff members are working remotely and continuing to provide critical services during this time:
     >>  for assistance and/or to make an appointment for any service, contact the hotline 24/7: Call or Text (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020, or chat online at
     >>  go here  for remote counseling via video conference or phone.
     >>  go here  to display services for survivors as they report to law enforcement, or consider legal options, are available to survivors by phone.

O  From“Futures Without Violence”….has developed an extensive resource page for DV survivors, their communities, and for domestic and sexual violence advocacy providers/programs.  Check it out here and share those that you find helpful with your networks.

O  From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….
Remember that any child from birth to 4 1/2  years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive, completely free, a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month. Enroll that child on-line by going here: . If you have any questions or concerns regarding a child’s registration status, you can contact our local affiliate, Joan Spoerl, Coordinator at 216.577.7585 or email at

O  Free Educational Web Sites for Kids….
Doing a "Search" on that phrase generates a number of “hits”. You can try this one as an example:

O  From NORA (Northern Ohio Recovery Resources)….If you’re working or know of someone dealing with addiction issues visit to learn more about the broad & expanded range of services they now offer.

O  From ASPIRE Greater Cleveland ( : 
Has announced that all classes & orientations have been cancelled through April 3rd. Visit their FB page for any updates to this revised schedule.  

O  From TEAM NEO….This is a hard time for many who have suddenly been laid off or will be soon. Multiple area businesses are still open and hiring now, i.e.:  Amazon,  Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, Marc’s, Discount Drug Mart, GOJO, Parisco, Other essential retail, Healthcare. Visit these job resource sites prepared by the Greater Cleveland Partnership INGEAR ( & Cleveland 19 Job Alert (

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
     >>  The group’s  bi-weekly meetings are canceled until further notice.
      >>  All area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join this group. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s:….

     >>  The PTA Geranium sale has been extended through Thursday, April 16th. Order forms are available online. Anyone may place an order; items include a variety of flowers, vegetables & hanging baskets; order pickup is estimated to be around May 4th, depending upon how long the schools remain closed. Go here: for details.
     >>  The Annual Kalahari PTA Family Night & Fundraiser – Has re-scheduled the Family Night to Sunday, June 21st. Reservations can be transferred to that day at $139. Contact Kalahari after 3/13 to make changes.

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >> Visit for up-to-date information on school closures, student assignments, food distribution, distance-learning, district related COVID-19 information, meetings , etc. Links to most all the topic detail pages can be found on the Home Page.
O  From the Parma Area Family Collab: (Parkview Elem., 5210 Loya Pkwy – next to Parma Sr. H.S.)
     >>  Follow their FB postings to learn when the Hunger Center of Greater Cleveland food deliveries may be available for those in need.     
      >>  The Collab is open and services continued to be offered. Call 440.887.4873 or check their at
O  From the MyCom Youth Development Initiative of Greater Cleveland….
      >> For Youth Serving Agencies/Organizations:  "
We are presently working on ways to support your organizations to increase capacity, if needed, and provide the necessary support that may be needed in the event your agency, or your partners are willing and able to stay open during this period of school closure.
We are asking that if resources are needed to:  provide food, provide childcare, provide safe spaces, increase capacity, etc. or anything else that will assist youth and families for the next three weeks to please respond to their on-line survey by clicking here:      
O  From our 3 CCPL branch libraries ( …. With local branches being closed through April 5th, if you haven’t yet, visit the system’s web site to learn of the many services available. Click on the “Digital Collection” to find those that are specifically available on-line. If you’re looking to research a specific topic, click on the “Research” link to view the 26 categories in which are available almost 90 specific topic resources.  You can also follow @cuyahogalib on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter for ongoing updates.  

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020