News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From The Cleveland Rape Crises Center….This year’s Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team Conference is scheduled to be held virtually (ZOOM) from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, Dec. 3rd.  Nationally and regionally recognized experts will be presenting topics relevant for multiple disciplines, including law enforcement, medical professionals, sexual assault nurse examiners, advocates, social workers, and prosecutors. Registration is FREE but required at

O  From Futures without Violence….Some facts:
1 in 4 US women experienced violence by a partner at some point in her life.
      >>  2 out of 3 children are exposed to trauma and violence.
      >>  1 in 5 tweens knows a victim of dating violence.
1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college.
      >> Learn more here:

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s.:
To learn about upcoming the PTA Council’s projects & events ….go here.

O  From OCALI ( As an organization committed to promoting access and inspiring change for people with disabilities, OCALI and the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children are partnering to support educators, education professionals, families, and others during this pandemic to help them find the information and resources needed to support learning and successful outcomes for their students or children during this very unique time of learning. Go here to learn more & to register for any one of the 3 sessions scheduled for December.

O  From Buckeye Health….If you know of or have clients who may be members of any of Ohio’s five Medicaid Managed Care Plans (Buckeye Health Plan - 1.866.531.0615, CareSource – 1.800.488.0134, Molina Healthcare – 1.866.642.9279, Paramount Advantage – 1.866.837.9817, and United Heathcare Community Plan – 1.800.269.4190 make sure they know that their plan provides members with no-cost transportation services to and from food banks, food pantries, food clinics, and grocery stores as part of their plan benefit. For more information or to schedule, call the respective plan’s transportation service number as shown above.

….The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child's Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. Applications can be submitted at

From Ohio Dept of Education: Has posted new resources on the Reset and Restart Education website to assist mandatory reporters in preventing abuse and neglect, as well as a new resource guide for families and caregivers. The Champions for Ohio’s Children and Families resource outlines important information about who is required to report suspected abuse or neglect. It also offers tips for how to identify individuals, including students, who may be in danger and ways to help families that need support. Additionally, a new Resource Guide for Families and Caregivers provides helpful ideas and advice about how to support students as they navigate remote learning.

O  From Starting-Point & OST (Out of School Time) Provider Network:
      >> YALC - The 4-H Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition is a civic leadership program for youth ages 13-17 in Cuyahoga County. The YALC develops young adult leaders by training and supporting them in advocating for youth issues and links them to their communities through service-learning experiences. Joining YALC is easy. There are no requirements or commitments to join. YALC is free for any teen in Cuyahoga County. Sign up at
      >>  Upcoming YALC related virtual events/opportunities include:
            >  Equity Guided Dialogues for Youth….a series of lessons designed to bring youth together to deliberate, reflect, and take action on social justice issues. For more information & to register go here:
            >  Leadership Team….
Teens who join the Leadership Team will receive a stipend of $300/year and an additional $1,500 upon high school graduation. Leadership Team members will have the opportunity to develop workshops on important topics impacting teens and educate the community and their peers through hands-on activities. For more information & to sign up go here:
        >>  The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
is offering tips on reducing the extra stresses of the holiday season and a pandemic in its Coping with the Holidays and a Pandemic booklet. Click here to review the booklet. It’s well worth a look-see.

O  From Eventbrite
….Looking for something different to do at home & still stay connected? Check out Eventbrite’s online event guide. Some require a fee while others are free. There’s….
      >>  Streaming Sounds: Online Concerts, DJ sets, Dance Parties, and Classes at  or
      >>  Do-It Yourself: Online Arts and Crafts Workshops, Classes and Events at  or
      >>  Entertainment Tonight: Online Culture, Comedy and Fine Arts Events at

O  From Parma City Schools:
Visit the District’s web site & scroll through for current 2nd quarter/semester teaching information, the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard & information/links re: current programs, services & up-coming events. 

O  From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/Univ. Settlement:
 >>  Beech Brook Family Center is offering Anger Management & Parenting Classes.  For more information and/or to register call 216.391.4069.
      >>  Do you need rent or utility assistance? MyCom in partnership w/the County Board of Health may be able to assist you w/rent or utility payments up to $3,000. Go here   for more details & to apply.
      >>  Don’t hesitate c
alling 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 Wisdom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization.

O  From CCPL….Important NEW update related to the County’s stay-at-home advisory. The system has reverted to curbside/drive-through service at all 27 branches effective Thursday, November 19
. Public access to library buildings will not be available.  Go here for details .

O  More updates from the County Library: (SEE NOTICE ABOVE)
      >>  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.
      >>  Homework Center coordinators
are available to answer students’ academic questions via phone or in person from 4:00 – 6:30 pm, Monday through Thursday at the Parma Branch library , ph:440.885.5362
      >>  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 12, Posted 11:20 AM, 12.01.2020