News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

 From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland….Go here to download a copy of their Resource Guide listing available programs & service 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 The Literacy Cooperative:
      >>  If you haven’t yet, visit to sign up your age B – 5 year old child to received their own free, age appropriate book mailed to him/her each month.

O  From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful….Thursday, Nov. 12th at noon is 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, try your luck at Barnyard Bingo & register to participate in all the festivities at  

O  From Cuyahoga County Waste District : Click on this link to learn everything you need to know about recycling. Clicking here: will let you know what to do w/more unusual items;  this page: lists organization willing to accept your donation/s for re-use. 

O  From The Ohio Dept of Education (ODE):  Has developed a video series that  documents student career exploration and success:   The Finding Your Pathway: Career Exploration video series is an excellent introduction to the many paths available for Ohio’s students to reach their career goals. Each video in the series profiles a different Ohio student as he or she prepares for success after high school. Definitely worth a visit.

O  From Parma City Schools:
Visit the District’s web site & scroll down to view the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard & information/links re: current programs, services & up-coming events.  While there check out the Facts & Figures videos to learn details related to the proposed consolidation.

O  From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/Univ. Settlement:
      >>  Project Lift:
Project LIFT Services is a prevention and social justice agency providing behavioral health services, targeting the needs of Black teens and fathers most at-risk for homelessness, economic instability, and incarceration who live within Cuyahoga County.  Visit  for information about their Lifted Men Fatherhood program. Participants in good standing may apply for short term financial assistance.
      >>   ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland, a MyCom network partner,  is a free program run by local design and construction professionals with the goal of inspiring high school students to pursue careers in the architecture, construction, and engineering industries. During the Coronavirus pandemic, all ACE Mentor sessions will be VIRTUAL. This fall, we’ve planned a series of skill-building workshops, taught by our volunteer mentors. Sessions will be held virtually Wednesdays at 10:00 am and at 2:00 pm. Students only need to attend one weekly session. A minimum of 6 sessions will be required for scholarship qualification for the fall semester. Go here to learn more:    
      >>  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. And/or find out what’s new with MyCom 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  Community Conversation: Surviving Back to School – From the Parma Heights Library:  Tuesday, November 10th / 7:00-8:15pm.
Families have survived the first 9 weeks of this unique school year. Consider  joining  other parents on Zoom for a conversation to share ideas, tips and tricks in supporting your children with all the changes in returning to school, no matter what that may look like.  Click HERE to registerRegistration and an email address are required to receive the link to participate.

O  More updates from the County Library
      >>  All three of our local branches (Parma, Parma Hts, Parma-Snow) are offering Kids Café, afterschool lunch Monday – Friday for kids 18 and under.  Here’s the link for more information.  Parma Heights is a new site.     
      >>  Weekly “Take & Make” crafts
for children ages 4-10. Bags containing small pieces, ages 3+. To know what the next craft is follow the City of Parma Heights on Facebook or stop in for a visit.     
      >>  Parma Hts now has its own StoryWalk,
an outdoor, interactive story found around the around the building. The first title is Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming is up and ready for adventure.  Follow the story from station to station and try the interactive activities as the story goes on. 
      >>  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:
      >>  Beginning Monday October 19th through Sunday November 22nd, for ages birth – 35 months with parent/caregiver, BOOST YOUR BABY’S BRAIN THROUGH PLAY! Learn more and register for the Virtual Play, Learn & Grow Baby Club at
      >>  Go here to view their current list of 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”.
      >>  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 12, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 PM, 11.01.2020