News You Can Use (and where to find it)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:
 O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
>>  Their technical assistance program can assist organizations to align with the State of Ohio’s Human Trafficking Standards and develop strategies for program growth to better serve survivors.
      >>  From the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety (related to the above) ....Download a copy of the Governor’s
Human Trafficking Resource Guide for Ohio’s Public Children Services Agencies released September 2021.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
      >>  Learn more about how the issue of Human Trafficking is being effectively addressed locally. Follow the Collab on Facebook here and visit the Collab’s website where clicking on the PARTNERS tab will display the more than 60 organizations working together to address this issue. To stay current in regards to HT-related events and activities sign up for their E-newsletter here.
O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
( ...Services for Survivors During COVID-19, i.e.:  counseling, victim assistance, and case management are available by telehealth and teleservices, accessible by smartphone, computer or phone.  Learn more about accessing services remotely. For an immediate response call (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020 24/7, or request an appointment online.
O  From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE)...Ohio’s Safety and Security Grant Program - Funding is now available for safety and security enhancements at religious institutions, chartered nonpublic schools, licensed preschools and nonprofit organizations. Go here for more information and a link to the application page. Deadline to apply is November 12th.

O  From Cuyahoga Community College...
Learn more about TRI-C’s ACCESS CENTERS. The purpose of the Access Centers is to support individuals and families by providing affordable as well as no-cost community-based educational and workforce programming. If you’re looking to sharpen your job skills and/or expand your career options or goals, give this site a visit.

O  From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful:

      >>  Looking for a unique, feel-good volunteer opportunity? Consider Camp Cheerful’s Equine Assisted Services/therapeutic horsemanship program. Click here for details. Or, perhaps working w/kids in one of their Adapted Sports programs, i.e.: tennis (new), football, soccer, basketball, or baseball would be more appealing. Go here to learn more.

O  From Down  Syndrome Association of NE Ohio (formerly the Up Side of Downs)...Visit their website at to learn about the wealth of services, resources, events & activities available.  

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Go here to check out ANOTHER SET of five grantors identified by the MyCom network. Considering the wide range of areas supported I would expect you to find at least one match.

O  From OCALI ( ... In case you missed it, October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. If you’re an employer considering bringing someone on board, know of, or are working w/someone having a disability, or are disabled, here are some tools that may prove helpful:
      >>  Employability/Life Skills Assessment – Format for Families;  Format for Transition Team Professionals
Community Health & Safety Training & Job Seeker’s Guide
The Disability Benefits 101 (DB 101) will assist in determining the impact of employment on an individual’s benefits.
      >>  What Works for Work, is a free, 12-session online resource that uses evidence-based practices on how to support people with disabilities.

O  From Cox Communications: Federal EBB = Emergency Broadband Benefit
– If you’re a Cox Connect2Compete or Lifeline Phone plus internet customer you may be eligible to receive up to $50 off your monthly bill. Click on this link for details:  

O  Parma Council of PTA’s (PCPTA -  or FB at: )
      >>  Click here to join a local PTA unit

O  From Parma City Schools:

      >>  The schedule for a series of Town Hall Meetings, has been set as follows:  Dec. 9th, March 10, 2022 & June 9, 2022. All meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and be held on Facebook Live -
      >>  The Parent University course is back. All classes are virtual & begin at 5:30 pm. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday November 17th. Click here to view the schedule and to register.
>>  The District’s Workforce Development service can 1) help connect students to local companies offering valuable work experiences, i.e.: internships, part-time employment, job shadowing, etc., and 2) facilitate the participation of employers in this program. Check it out here:
     >>  Senior Passes - Residents of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills 60 years of age and older are eligible for free admission to all Great Lakes Conference (GLC) athletic contests taking place at Byers Field or any of our district’s middle or high schools. Eligible residents are asked to show their driver's license at the event entrance to receive a GLC Senior Citizen Pass. The pass must then be presented to enter a contest for free.
      >> for the most current information regarding COVID protocols, Extended Day Care Enrollment, Orientations, Open Houses, and more. Be sure to scroll down a bit to view the latest “PCSD in :60” video.

O  From Southwest Community Based Svcs (SWCBS)/University Settlement & Starting Point:
  SWCBS has begun planning its programming for the upcoming holiday season and will be needing volunteers. Call Evy Ash at 440.887.4873  if you’re interested. Also, give her a call if you know of a student in need of a backpack or supplies.
      >>  Starting Point’s ( Out-Of-School Time Provider Network’s recent email highlighted issues related to supporting families experiencing homelessness & housing instability. If you know of, or have clients in this situation, these websites may prove helpful: A Parent’s Guide to the Rights of Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Updates to Services & Resources In NE Ohio During Covid-19.

O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
  Consistent w/current CDC guidelines all CCPL branches have returned to requiring masks of all customers aged 2 and older upon entry. If a visitor does not have a mask, the Library will provide one.
  At-home COVID-19 testing kits are available via DRIVE-THOUGH ONLY at the Parma & Parma-Snow locations. Learn more here.
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry.
      >>  For help w/technology, a new DIGITAL NAVIGATOR service will be available at Parma-Snow from Nov 1 – 10. The service offers one-on-one assistance to help you connect to the internet, get a device, set up a telehealth appointment and more. To make an appointment, email
      >>  Use your CCPL library card (or get one here) to take advantage of just some of these more unique services/programs available at your library.
Get access to these free online learning platforms taught by professionals in their fields
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Learn more or register for any of 50+ virtual programs for adult learners
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Design something & use the 3D printing capabilities of the Parma-Snow Innovation Center           
            > Learn more about Library2You, their homebound delivery service
            > Check out programs available for pre-school & school-aged youth. From there scroll down to see resources available for Teachers.
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            > Click here to visit CCPL’s Home Page

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021