News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
      >>  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.
      >>  Visit Collab’s website a/o Follow them on Facebook.
O  From ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force….
Visit their website for a host of available resources & program opportunities addressing this issue.

O  From Search Institute (  ...  Has made available, on-demand its State of Relationships Webinar: A Call to Action to Ensure All Young People Thrive. In this hour-long presentation, you'll learn about the state of youth-adult relationships, the importance of creating relationship-rich spaces for all youth, and uncover strategies to help all young people be and become the best versions of themselves. Though targeting specifically schools and out-of-school programs, community leaders can also benefit from this program. It would be well worth the hour spent.

O  From Ohio Dept. of Education (ODE)... The Department is seeking public comment on a new rule in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) related to the Afterschool Child Enrichment Savings Account program. All school-age children in families under 300% of the federal poverty guideline (< $65,880  for a 3 person household) are eligible to receive $500 savings accounts to be used for before and after-school educational programs, language classes, instrument lessons, or tutoring. View proposed OAC 3301-107-01 on the Department’s website.  Public comments on the rule will be accepted by email to by Dec. 6th. 

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors identified by the MyCom network.
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation;  >  Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids for Our Future;  
>  The Andrew Family FoundationSaucony Run For Good Foundation;
>  Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants
If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization you s/b visiting these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission. So far, starting w/the Sept. 28th  issue there have been 25 funders identified.

O  From MyCom...Is seeking several service providers to conduct Gender-Specific Programming for girls and young women for all grade levels for the city of Cleveland & the surrounding suburbs. If interested, you’re requested to please send a programming proposal (no more than 5 pages) with your program outline, estimated budget, two program references, and a sample of your programming work. Information should be emailed to Once the information is received, a representative from MyCom will follow up with an additional request for information.

O From OCALI ( If you have a school-age child or client w/a disability, consider registering for: Building Strong Family-School Partnership - ”.... ensuring people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives.” This free Zoom cast is scheduled for 4:00 pm, Thursday, Dec. 16th.

O  From Achievement Centers for Children/Camp Cheerful ( ... In addition to Adaptive Sports, Physical Therapy & Early ChildhoodMental Health,  Camp Cheerful is offering...
      >  Weekend day camps and >  The River Rock Adult Day ProgramClick on the respective hotlink for details.

O  Parma Council of PTA’s (PCPTA -  or FB at: )
>>  Mark your calendars & plan on attending PCPTA’s Family Health & Safety Fair scheduled for 9 – 11 am, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in Parma Sr. High School’s Cafeteria. Exhibitors are already lining up & it promises to be a popular event. If your organization would like to participate contact Dalenna Zingalis at 216-799-4396
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 may be viewed on Facebook Live -
      >>  Community Walking and Swimming this Winter and Spring! Check out the Community Walking Club and Swimming starting December 4, 2021! Click the link above for more information! 
Teaching how to recognize signs of a mental health crisis, how to be a trusted peer, and how to get help for someone in need were topics shared w/student leaders during a recent PCSD Mental Health Summit.
      >> for the most current information regarding COVID Dashboard/protocols, Extended Day Care Enrollment, 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.
Plan now to attend the popular Parenting Partner Program coming up in January. Call Evy Ash at 440.887.4873  for details and/or to register..
      >>  SWCBS Partner Highlights....
            >  Adoption Network of Cleveland
( – Some great stuff going on here. Click on the “Service Area” tab to view, among others, their programs/resources related to Adult Adoptees, Birth Parents & DNA Discoveries. Well worth the visit.
            >   Positive Education Program (PEP - ... As one of Ohio’s largest non-profit agencies committed to children, PEP provides services both direct and consultative – for children with severe mental health, autism, and behavioral challenges. Click here to view a flyer outlining their scope of service.

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.
      >>  As a result of a new, formal collaboration between CCPL & Family Connections “SPARK” is now available to all Kindergarten Club families.  The Kindergarten Club runs from March thru November while “SPARK” continues year-round home visits helping parents develop the skills & confidence needed to support their child’s academic kindergarten readiness.The programs complement and reinforce each other. For more information, contact  or  
      >>  Locally, the Parma Heights Branch will be offering free boxed food for those in need from 10 – 12 noon on Dec. 15th, Jan. 19th & Feb. 16th - rain, snow, or shine — on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. 
      >>  Use your CCPL library card 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
WiFi Access & Computer Classes
Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
Learn more or register for any of 50+ virtual programs for adult learners
Take your pick from thousands of streaming movies & TV shows from Hoopla, Kanopy & Overdrive
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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Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021