News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From Futures without Violence: Responding to the today’s pressures on families & potentially their children F. w/o V. has developed several new unique programs to a) help prevent & address trauma at ChangingMindsNow, and b) build healthy bonds, and break intergenerational cycles of violence and trauma at Thriving Families, Safer Children,

O  From The Renee Jones Empowerment Center….Visit their web site at  & click on the TRUTH graphic to virtually tour  the “….survivor-created, interactive art exhibit invokes an honest and raw look into understanding the underworld of human trafficking and sexual assaults with the lasting impact on its victims.

O  From The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center….Consider participating in this upcoming webinar at noon on  Oct 16th: LGBT+ Survivors. Learn more and/or register visit

 From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland:  Go here to download a copy of their extensive Resource Guide listing available programs & services in Cuyahoga & surrounding counties.
O  From Cleveland Rape Crises Center: 
Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, very popular, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.

O  From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful….Thursday, Nov. 12th at noon will be the kick-off of their 80th Anniversary Celebration virtual event commemorating 80 years of service to children & adults w/disabilities and their families. Subsequent unique, fun events are scheduled daily, culminating w/the main event on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Learn more & register to participate at

O  From Connecting For Kids:  Visit their web site at or follow them on FB at learn more about their extensive menu of programs, events & services.

O  From National Public Radio (NPR)….Survivor Corps - a NFP support group, begun in April & now w/> 100K members survivors of COVID-19. This grassroots movement focuses on educating and mobilizing COVID-19 survivors and connecting them with the medical, scientific and academic research community, to among other things, help “long haulers”, those survivors experiencing on-going symptoms long after discharge. Info at or Facebook at

O  A cause to support….Stillbirth is the number one cause of death for children ages 5 and younger. Read this article from the 9/13/20 issue of the CPD and check out “Count the Kicks” a national NFP focusing attention to the problem. Help pass the word.  

O  Important reminders for your clients, employees, coworkers, friends & neighbors:
If you have not yet registered to vote, click on this link  or click on this link if you would like to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot application. Voters can also check their “registration readiness” by searching for their name in the Secretary of State’s database of inactive voters.

O  From OCALI’s Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness:
September was National Deaf Awareness month. To view related free resources check out the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness.
      >>  ­­OCALI’s  Lifespan Transitions Center has a free webinar series called The Journey designed to help with that process.
O  From Parma Council of PTA: Calendars for the 2020 – 2021 school year featuring artwork by PCSD students are available for sale at . Proceeds benefit the PTA Scholarship program. Please help pass the word.

O  From Parma City Schools:                       
      >>  Visit the
District’s web site & scroll down for the most current re-opening information.  
      >>  Re: PCSD Parent Academy….
Go here to learn more about this program & take a moment to view several of the videos from previous sessions. 
      >>  Re: Parma Virtual Learning Academy….
Reservation have closed. To learn more about this unique program go here.  
      >>  Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & more.
O  From Channel 5 & the Education Service Ctr of NE Ohio (ESCNEO)…. “START SMART. STAY SMART.  Updated regularly, follow along for the latest news, tips, and resources for families and students as they navigate this new normal and what returning to school looks like this.”  Connect to the program by clicking here. If you have any question call 216.910.HELP (4357).

O  From PCSD Workforce Development ( ….Focusing on career & college readiness, three new virtual program opportunities are now available. Click on the respective links below for details.
      >>  Virtual workshops:  on resume writing & interviewing; for students grades 9 – 12;
      >>  21st Century Skills: one each month through April of ’21 to include communication; critical thinking, digital fluency, empathy  & more; for students K – 12;
      >>  Young entrepreneur Pitch Challenges: create short videos presenting a business idea, an elevator speech introducing yourself, etc.; for students K – 12.

O  From Southwest Community Based Services (SWCBS):
  For girls in grades 5 through 8, learn about healthy & unhealthy relationships in this Girl Power: Building Healthy Relationships program. It’ll be conducted virtually every Tuesday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm via ZOOM beginning Oct 6th & ending on Nov 24th. For more information and/or to register call 216.456.0906 or email                                  
      >>  University Settlement has partnered with LegalWorks to provide free or low-cost legal services every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Services will include: foreclosure avoidance, obtaining driving privileges, sealing of criminal records and more. Go here & click on the LegalWorks graphic for details.
     >>  Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow)  their FB page for updates.

O  From CCPL & Parma Area MyCom:
      >>  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:
Find out what’s new at, sign up for their e-newsletter, join in their Windom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization.

O  More updates from the County Library
      >>  Check out their new video ( highlighting the profound, positive impact library programs, resources and services have on their customers.  It showcases the efforts they’re making to serve our communities virtually during this pandemic and now, to welcome their customers back safely as they reopen.
      >>  Click here to learn about all the BACK TO SCHOOL resources and support services for students, parents & educators currently offered at CCPL branches.
      >>  Now at the Parma Branch….take your child for a “Story Walk”.  Go here for information & current locations & watch for Story Walks coming soon to the Parma-Snow & Parma Hts branches.
      >>  Go here to learn more about free computer classes and training for adults ages 18 and up. 
      >>  Need help with remote learning issues? Go here for remote learning tech support for parents, students as well as educators:
      >>  Go here to learn more about the Job & Career Services program offered by CCPl.Learn job search strategies for the “Virtual Age”.
      >>  Go here to browse through the library’s toy collection now available for borrowing.  
      >>  Given your library card allows access to a “….robust digital collection of eBooks , eAudiobooks , movies , music and online learning platforms. Our What to Read LIVE program on Facebook offers rapid-fire reading recommendations from our expert librarians every Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 PM.
      >>  Our Ask Us Online service is available on the Library’s website to provide you with: Library account help, Digital collection support,  Answers to your reference questions & Live homework help via ….”

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 11:58 PM, 09.30.2020