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RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse: Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – 

O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
  Save the dats: October 20-21, 2022... join us in envisioning a new movement focused on creating a roadmap for collaboration where all systems and survivors work together for solutions. This appreciative inquiry, working summit will be facilitated by the Community Innovation Network  at Case Western Reserve University. Watch for more information coming soon.
      >>  Learn more about Victims' Rights by visiting the Victims Services page of the Ohio Attorney’s Office. Included is information re: Crime Victim’s Compensation, Ohio’s Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System, Training for Victim Svc. Providers, Victim Notification Svcs. and more.  
      >>  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.     

O From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
      >>  Visit their “Training Institute” page for May/June course offerings, Note that the 2- part Ambassador Training programs are both virtual & free.  BLAB IT in June
O  From Futures Without Violence...Click on the link below to view results of a nationwide, first-of-its-kind study to assess the prevalence of various forms of economic abuse among teens, determine the impact abusive behavior has on their education, employment, and finances, and identify opportunities to enhance existing prevention efforts. Overheard: Economic Abuse Among Teen Dating Violence – includes a video and additional resources.

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors, these w/a mostly education (both educator & student) focus, identified by the MyCom network:  > The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth> Tim Hortons Foundation Camps> The Lewis Prize for Music > The Synthomer Foundation  > The Boeing Company.  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.  

O  From Cuyahoga Community College:
      >>  Their Summer Semester begins May 31, 2022,
& registration is still open. As a member of Tri-C’s Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, I can vouch for it as being one of the highest-rated such programs in the region, recognized and well respected by our local Bar Association. For reasonable tuition, this ABA-accredited program offers in-demand career opportunities with a median salary approaching $50,000. For any folks out there specializing in career counseling, you might consider recommending the program as an inexpensive gateway for someone thinking of becoming an attrorney. Check it out at 216.987.5113.

O  From Parma Area Chamber of Commerce:
      >>  Plan on attending the 20th Annual Rib Cookoff & Music Festival, June 9 – 12 at Tri-C’s Western Campus. If your organizations would like to participate as an "Exhibitors" or to volunteer email, Megan Cooney at or ph: 440-221-6648 Cell or 440.886.1700 Office.

  From NEO Black Health Coalition...Is looking for kinship families willing to participate in this dental health survey. The Oral Care Survey for Kinship Care is for grandparents or other relatives/godparents/close friends who are caring for children because the biological parents are unable to do so. Must be a resident of the State of Ohio to qualify for this survey. There are a limited number of stipends available for this survey. The goal is to learn about the oral care needs of children in kinship care. Contact or call 216-236-8027 for more information.

O  From
Search Institute (Re: Developmental Relationships)...Go here to learn more about how to build a Relationship-Rich Organization. Make a point of checking out the 3 tools leaders and practitioners are using to reframe their strategies for relationship building. 

O  From Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute: As part of “The Power of Summer Boot Camp Collection”, check out these upcoming free, virtual professional opportunities for those supporting our youth....
      >>  “It’s Summer Learning” – Wednesday, May 25th. Learn more & register here.
“Setting the Summer Environment” – Thursday, May 26th.Learn more & register here.
“Summer Staffing” – Friday, May 27th.Learn more & register here.

O  From The Literacy Cooperative & Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL):
  The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland is the local affiliate for the Imagination Library.  Click here to learn more about the Imagination Library & enroll your child in the this free, book gifting program.
      >>  Go here to listen to a Sound of Ideas (on Ideastream public radio) piece that aired earlier this year. Guests included a rep from The Center for Community Solutions and an Imagination Library parent sharing how much the program has meant to her family.

O  From Cleveland Division of Water & the NEORSD...The Cleveland Student Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) gives sixth to ninth graders in the Cleveland Water or NEORSD service areas the opportunity to visit premier institutions, interact with professionals, meet new friends and work together performing exciting experiments that make science, technology, engineering and math come alive. The program is free and held one Saturday a month from September to April. Click here to apply.

O  From Islamic Center of Cleveland, 6055 W. 130th St, Parma, 44130:
      >>  The Ibn Sina Free Health Clinic….
offers free healthcare services to community members who are uninsured or under-insured. The clinic serves anyone in need regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity.  Visit  for details.
      >>  Offering Free Fresh Produce the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Federal program income guidelines apply; please bring ID & your own bags/cart; no admittance before 10:30.

O  From City Ballet of Cleveland and Cleveland City Dance...Announces its Spring Open House from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Visit the studio and find your love of dance. Take the opportunity to tour the school, and register for our summer programs including Storybook camps, Dance Bootcamps and Intensives and single classes for children and adults.  For more information: Phone: (216) 848-9088; Email:;  website:

O  From Oho Attorney General’s Spring Nonprofit E-Newsletter:
      >>  Members and guests of veteran and fraternal organizations throughout the state can now use electronic instant bingo machines to generate funds to support community charities. Read more here.
Also announced is a new law addressing charitable raffles of alcohol. Requirements to comply can be found by going here, scrolling to the end of the displayed article, and clicking on the Page 3 link.

O  From Ohio Dept. of Insurance...
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month ODI has created & made available aMental Health in the Workplace Employer Toolkit containing valuable information for both employers as well employees. Worth giving it a look-see.

O  From Achievement Centers for Children/Camp Cheerful:

      >>  The Adapted Sports/ Cleveland Browns Football program needs more volunteers. If you’re interested, sign up here. To learn more about the individual-adapted sports that make up the program, click here. Call Ryan Holesko, Adapted Sport Mgr. at 440-238-6200  X-245 w/questions.
      >>  Registration for the Summer Pony Pals program is now open. Call Cory Ramsey, Mgr. Equine Programs at 440.238.6200  X-225 for details.

O  Parma Area Run/Walk for Pierogies...
Saturday, June 25th at Tri-C Western Campus. Go here for details & to register.

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >>  Building Our Future/Consolidation Plans will be presented at a Town Hall meeting at 6:00 pm on June 14 at PSH Little Theatre. Register here to participate in the ZOOM mtg version scheduled for June 21st.
      >>  UH will be offering FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS for kids ages 14 – 18, from 2 – 6:00 pm on Friday, June 17th at their Beechwood location & again on Saturday, June 18th, from 8:30 to 12:30 pm at St. John Medical Center in Westlake.  Deadline for required registration is  Monday, June 13, 2022. Space is limited. Go here for additional details.
     >>  Movie nights are confirmed
8:00 pm, every Thursday in July at Byers Field. Movies being shown are Encanto, Beauty & the Beast (animated ’91), Back to the Future, & Sing 2, in that order. The rec centers of our 3 cities are co-sponsors of this community event!
      >>  Opening Day Kick-off Celebration, Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 10:00 am to 12:00 at Byers Field. The focus of this event will be on incoming Kindergarten students and all other new students/families to the district. There will be a  kindergarten parade, marching band performances, a community resource fair and more. To register your organization’s participation click here & simply update the form by adding  the requested information at the end of the list.
O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
       >>  Registration is now open for CCPL’s popular Summer Reading Program beginning June 4th. Time is getting short...Go here for details.
      >>  Parma-Powers Branch has announced the opening of a new Community Story Walk on Wednesday, June 1st. A brief ceremony marking the occasion will begin at 2:00 pm.
      >>  At the Parma-Snow branch – A P.A.L.S. Big Screen Movie & Talk On June 6th. Check it out here.
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry this month. Locally, the Parma Heights Branch mobile pantry will take place from 10 – 12 noon on June 15th..
      >>  Don’t forget, our three local branches are providing and will continue, Monday – Friday through May 30th, to provide children with free grab-and-go meals.  Go here to learn more about KIDS CAFÉ. 
      >>  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.
            > WiFi Access & Computer Classes
            > One-on-one tech help is available from the Digital Navigator service.
            > Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
            > Digital Newstand - Enjoy digital versions of your favorite news publications and magazines
            > 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
            > Passport services are now available.
            > Check out programs for pre-school & school-aged youth. Scroll down for Teacher resources.
            > Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services, ESOL, GED, Citizenship classes
            > Sign up to receive the Library's weekly e-Newsletter
            > Click here to visit CCPL’s Home Page

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 8:17 AM, 06.02.2022