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Councilman's Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors

I hope this letter, finds you and your family well. I know how much of a struggle it has been. There are programs and resources available out there, though. Don’t feel ashamed to have to use them.

First, I wish to, once again, acknowledge for this MEMORIAL DAY just past, all those veterans who “gave their all” in service to this Country. It was because of their service and sacrifice, that we, today, enjoy the freedoms as outlined by our Constitution and its Amendments. Remember all of our Veterans who have passed from our presence.

To our 2020 GRADUATES, CONGRATULATIONS! You have worked hard to achieve this goal. This will certainly be a time in your life you will never forget, and we have gotten very creative in our ways to help you celebrate, as well. Best of everything as you set off on future journeys into further education or a career.

As I reported in the last Collinwood Observer, these are times which none of us have ever experienced. The toll on our country, state and our city has been unprecedented. Even during the worst days of WWII, according the “Old Timers” in the neighborhood, have we ever experienced anything like we have been through in these last two and half months.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

The Cleveland Job Corps Gives A Tribute to the Front Line

A Tribute to the Front Line

Everyday healthcare workers, first responders, front line and essential workers courageously face conditions that pose major health risks for themselves and for the health risks of their own families. In their commitment to caring for people, they work long hours. Some are confined at work and many work diligently and "SERVE" during the COVID-19 pandemic with limited supplies.

We all depend upon the services and skills of each of these dedicated technicians every day, regardless of a pandemic. However, it is unfortunate that this pandemic awakened what many of us had taken for granted: the skills, dedication, and the commitment they represent in caring for human life. For example, grocery store clerks and truck drivers are workers that became recognized as essential to our continued living.

These essential workers whom we had taken for granted have always worked hard, but the pause amongst the workforce allowed us to see their importance. So, let us always remember the service and the commitment we have experienced at the grocery store, clerks who kept stores stocked and cleaned; the delivery trucks on the roads; restaurant food preparers providing curbside service; and teachers who had to shift to teaching virtually. We know there are many more to recognize to include our first responders, law enforcement, and firefighters who consistently act courageously without fail; and our military, who continue to serve in the United States and in foreign countries to ensure our Nation's safety.

Let us continue to support and pray for all essential workers, our brave human beings, and their families, as they relentlessly and courageously perform their life-saving duties. We honor them by doing our part to practice social distancing and take proper precautions to prevent any respiratory disease. More importantly, let us follow the medical examples that many of our healthcare technicians utilize to help during the healing process, be courteous, and caring.

On behalf of us at Serrato Corporation, we graciously and humbly thank you and "SALUTE" you for the valor you continue to display in the face of adversity and the sacrifices you have made to support, serve, and protect human lives!


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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

2020 Census and You

Taking the US Census has never been easier, faster or more secure than it is today. Offered in 59 languages, 13 offered online, the US Census is an important count of every person living in all 50 states, D.C, and five US territories.

The Census helps to paint a picture of our nation and determines how government resources are allocated locally. In other words, the US Census not only impacts Ohio and Cleveland; the US Census impacts Collinwood.

More than $675 billion in federal funding will be spent according to US Census response, for schools, roads and other public services for communities across the nation. The Census also determines where congressional districts are drawn and the number of seats Ohio will have in Congress, as well as representation in US government at all levels. It is an opportunity for Collinwood to be heard.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

Update on the East 185 Street/Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project

Driving may be a bit more tricky for some traveling around the East 185 Street/Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project. Detour signs abound, though, to help you make your way. Then there are weekly, sometimes daily, updates from Cleveland Water Pollution Control to keep you abreast of how the project is moving along.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

Legal Aidís Response to COVID19: Full Services Available + A New Resource

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened the health of our community, but it has also magnified the needs of Northeast Ohio's most vulnerable residents. As a growing number of people struggled to secure basic needs such as shelter, income, and safety, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland mobilized its resources to continue fully serving Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, and Geauga counties. Since March 14th, Legal Aid attorneys have been working with clients remotely through emails, texts, phone calls, and video calls.

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Welcome Back!

It’s been a long time since we have been together and this will be different, but it’s good to be back.  It’s good to see your eyes and it’s good to see your masks because it means you are taking care of yourselves and the people around you.   Wearing a mask is a sacrifice for the protection of others.  Not being able to sing together is as sacrifice, at least for some of us, being able to pray together again is a great gift.  The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in effect for anyone who is at high risk or feels at all sick, even if it’s just a cold.

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One Million Acts of Kindness Duo Stops by to Thank Hospice Staff

Lakewood resident Bob Votruba and his dog Bogart are on a mission to spread joy throughout the area through their organization, One Million Acts of Kindness. Recently, they visited David Simpson Hospice House and Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters in Collinwood to thank staff for providing compassionate care during the COVID-19 crisis in our community.

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Deacon Travlikís Corner

We are deeply grateful to Deacon Pete for all he's done to keep us going in this difficult time.

Social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t touch your face, stay at home if you are 65 or older, have someone do your grocery shopping.  I’m sure we are all familiar with all of these given to us by the good medical people in an attempt to keep us safe during this pandemic.

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Celebrating 63 years of Service

Through thick and thin, Fr. Walsh has been an incredible blessing to the people of St. Jerome.  Congratulations on 63 years of priesthood.  God Bless You!

Father Francis Walsh celebrated 63 years as a priest on May 18, 2020. 

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The Season of Pentecost

Pentecost in the Old Testament was one of the Jewish feast days. However, the Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks, not Pentecost. It was the celebration of the beginning of the early weeks of harvest. There were two such harvests each year. The early harvest came during the months of May and June; the final harvest came in the Fall. Pentecost was the celebration of the beginning of the early wheat harvest, which meant that Pentecost always fell sometime during the middle of the month of May or sometimes in early June.

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Hunger Center Stocking Up

The CCC3 Hunger Center in Collinwood is poised to meet the needs of hungry families.  With deliveries now being made to the Center, the shelves are getting back to being fully stocked.

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The Cleveland Job Corps Student Focuses On the Good




"After the loss of my brother I had no direction or aspirations," said Bryan Hicks. "My sister-in-law Robbin Pettit, who is a graduate of the Cleveland Job Corps Center's Home Health Aid program encouraged me to enroll in Job Corps."

On May 21, 2018, Bryan entered the gates of the Cleveland Job Corps Center, where he earned a High School Diploma from Penn Foster in addition to obtaining credentials in Carpentry and Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) 10. Wanting to not only make a change but to also be a change and a voice for students, Bryan served as Dorm Leader on the VP section of H-Dorm, Peer Mentor, G-Dorm President, Safety Cadet, and Student Government Association Sargent of Arms for 2 years. Bryan graduated on March 16, 2020. He advises students to not focus on the bad things, but to focus on the good.

"My plans are to work with my father one day and carpentry is helping me reach my goals," explained Bryan. The twenty-year-old will continue his education at P.R.Y.D.E Mentoring Academy to obtain additional certifications in Carpentry, Renovate, Repair and Painting (RRP), Lead Abatement Worker, and Lead Abatement Contractor.

He wishes to pay homage to his sister-in-law for not letting him quit the program. Bryan also extends gratitude to both of his Carpentry Instructors, Daniel Volpe and David Lummus, and the center staff and students that were there for him.




The Cleveland Job Corps Center has immediate openings for individuals seeking free career training. The program helps eligible young people, ages 16 through 24, complete their high school education, train for meaningful careers, and connect with employment, apprenticeship, military, or higher education opportunities. Job Corps centers also provide on-campus housing, nutritious meal options, basic medical care, uniforms, class supplies, and enrichment and recreation activities.
To obtain additional information about the specific training programs and educational opportunities offered at the Cleveland Job Corps Center, interested individuals can contact Job Corps by visiting https://cleveland.jobcorps.gov/or by calling (216) 541-2500 .

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The Cleveland Job Corps Student Grateful for Support and Encouragement


After obtaining his State Tested Nursing Assistant certification, Cleveland Job Corps Center graduate Jeremiah Fields, 17, received an academic scholarship to Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. This Fall he will be entering their Registered Nursing program.

Jeremiah arrived at the Cleveland Job Corps center on August 9, 2019 and welcomed new experiences like having a roommate and campus life. When he was not focusing on his academics, Jeremiah assisted Residential Counselors in the dorms and participated in recreation activities. On February 5, 2020, he completed the program with his Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) certifications and his High School diploma from Penn Foster. "My advice for students considering working in the medical profession is to be involved in your learning and always ask questions if you don't understand something," said Jeremiah.

"Before Job Corps, I was living at home with no previous work experience, no motivation, and I did not know how to fully take care of myself," admitted Jeremiah. "The support and encouragement I received from my Nursing Assistant Instructor Carla Widener, Counselor Terri Brown, and friends helped me get through the program. I would like to thank all the people who go to work every day looking to help people who are struggling."

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Vince White-Petteruti Ď69: Providing respite in a House of Peace

Duck and Vince White-Petteruti SJ ‘69

Vince White-Petteruti SJ ’69 has always been called to nature. Its beauty and quiet power serves as an escape for him to regroup and reflect. When he was experiencing a challenging time in college, he recalls taking a walk through the trails to clear his mind. The self-reflection he did on that week long hike eventually led him to join the Chicago chapter of the Sierra Club. Soon, Vince was asked to lead a weekend backpacking trip in Wisconsin. It was on this excursion that Vince met the love of his life, Duck. Little did they know just how instrumental the wonders of nature would prove in unveiling a life dedicated to serving others during a time when hope, compassion and love is needed most.

Throughout 1990, Vince spent several months traveling from Chicago to Cleveland to spend time with his father who was battling heart disease. Sadly, his father passed away, and Vince found himself needing a break. In December of that year, Vince and Duck planned a trip to the picturesque snow-covered mountains of Colorado. A surprise lack of snow soon changed plans for the couple eager to enjoy the winter landscape of Breckenridge. Making the best of their trip, Vince and Duck decided to go shopping instead. On their list: many acres surrounded by a forest and a lake or river. A call to a realtor later and the couple found exactly what it was looking for: 10 beautiful, forested acres with a view of Baldy Mountain. Vince and Duck had found the perfect location to enjoy their retirement when the time was right. 

In 1997, Duck’s mother became terminally ill with cancer. Together with her sisters, Duck took their mother on a much-needed respite to Vail. This trip would be their last and a moment in time that Duck and her sisters deeply cherish. Vince shares that in the final hours of his beloved mother-in-law’s life, she held the photos that were taken in Vail of her and her daughters. She passed away surrounded by family and with memories that brought her peace.

Finally, in 2001, both Vince and his wife were ready to enjoy retirement, so they headed to Breckenridge, Colorado, to begin construction on their new home. That July, Vince took a hike with his children, Nic and Sarah, only to return to find that Duck had experienced a moment of clarity. While alone, Duck spoke to God and shared with Vince she felt a calling to use their beautiful land as both their home and as a place of respite for families dealing with the harsh reality of cancer. Together, the couple contacted an architect to begin plans for their vision. 

The Domus Pacis Family Respite was opened in June of 2008. The natural beauty that surrounds Breckenridge offers families the perfect setting to create memories and take in moments of peace. Yet, Vince says the location offers more than just incredible scenery. The community of Breckenridge has opened its hearts — and homes — to Domus Pacis and its mission. Vince explains that aside from his home, more than 100 other sites are available to host families for respite. 

Prior to opening Domus Pacis, both Vince, a former steel industry executive, and Duck, a senior vice president in information management, had never operated a nonprofit, let alone a respite organization. Still, their respective careers had afforded them strength in business and planning that proved vital in running their organization efficiently. Vince says one of the most challenging tasks was fundraising, an aspect of business neither he nor Duck had to consider during their corporate careers. 

Initially financed by themselves, Domus Pacis quickly grew, meaning fundraising was essential for hiring new staff and expanding. Support was slow at first, but Vince explains once they started building relationships and sharing their story, the community believed in their mission. Just like Vince and Duck, so many others had been touched by cancer and understood the importance of the nonprofit. Vince’s children have also played key roles in the mission and operation of Domus Pacis. His son, Nic, serves on the board, while his daughter, Sarah, was instrumental in working with referral partners as a social worker. “Seeing the kids mature and their different skill sets develop is amazing,” Vince says.

As a way to show appreciation to those who help to provide the gift of respite, Vince explains that each family who visits Domus Pacis is asked to write a thank you letter to the individuals who made their experience possible. He finds that the request is welcomed by the families, as they’re often overwhelmed with gratitude and want to share their story.

Domus Pacis means “House of Peace,” a name that Duck holds close to her heart. At her mother’s funeral, Duck sang a hymn with a verse asking the Lord to grant peace. Upon reflection, she realized their mission was to create a place of peace for families — a house of peace. Vince says anyone of any age or stage of cancer, including end of life, is welcome for a week-long respite. He explains that a seven-day stay allows families to take time settling in before beginning to make memories. Vince notes that family includes friends who have been part of the cancer journey as well. 

The process is initiated when a referral partner, like an oncology nurse, recommends a family for a stay. A lead family member must write a letter sharing his or her cancer journey and discuss his or her needs and wishes for the visit. Learning more about a family helps the Domus Pacis team to choose the right home for the stay and ensure the respite is specific for each family. Vince and Duck work with a community of businesses that help to make each respite special. Common requests include photography, massage therapy, horseback riding and fly fishing. Volunteers bring home-cooked meals to guests. Counseling is not provided; rather, Duck believes in allowing the breathtaking landscape and Spirit to guide conversations.

The experience of helping families escape the haze of cancer has opened Vince’s heart to the goodness that exists even amid uncertainty. The “quiet love that isn’t yelled or shouted” is what’s most moving for Vince to witness between the bond of family and friends. Throughout his years operating Domus Pacis, Vince has learned some remarkable lessons. “What you learn is so much more than what you give,” he says. “I am not afraid to die, and I wish for my family to surround me the way these families do.” He’s also come to know that God had a plan for him and his wife. 

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Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital, others, receive A's in latest Leapfrog Group Safety Grade

Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.  Other east side Cleveland Clinic hospitals receiving A grades include Main Campus, Hillcrest, South Pointe and Marymount Hospitals.

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Tri-C Announces Full Tuition Assistance Program in Light of Covid-19

Cuyahoga County Community College recently announce a Full Tuition Assistance Program in a push to reskill during Covid-19. The assistance program will offset academic and training costs for Cuyahoga County residents and aims to create access to academic credit courses and workforce training programs.

The Full Tuition Assistance Program can be used as a “last-dollar” scholarship to cover out-of-pocket expenses after eligibility for Pell grant and other financial aid is determined. Prioritized groups for the financial aid program include those impacted by Covid-19 and/or those who had planned to enroll or are currently enrolled at a four-year college or university:

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Cleveland Clinic to Host Virtual Job Fair Through May

Cleveland Clinic announced a virtual job fair for entry-level positions in healthcare that runs through the month of May. Interested candidates can sign up for a “Cleveland Clinic in the Community” one-on-one session to ask questions about available positions and about the application process.

The career fair is hosted through a text-based chat. Candidates can register for a chat session from their mobile, tablet or desktop device. Cleveland Clinic representatives will field inquires and assist participants in applying for entry-level opportunities.

Cleveland Clinic virtual career fair will be hosted Tuesday, May 26th and Tuesday, June 2nd, 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. To learn more and to register for the event, please visit Cleveland Clinic career site at https://jobs.clevelandclinic.org/.

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Gone Fishing 2020

     Linda Mae Charters have begun their 2020 fishing season. Things have changed because of the Corona Virus and social distancing.

     This season you will be required to wear a mask on board and only while you are moving about the boat or talking with others. Also, the passenger load has been reduced and this will continue to be the standard until the social distancing order is lifted.

     Thus far, perch and walleye fishing has been successful. The weather has also been more than cooperative so early in the season.

      Charters run daily from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. A second charter from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m.  will go out if there are enough passengers to do so. The cost is $65 per person and private charters are available. Please call for availability and pricing. Call and reserve your spot today as space is limited and filling quickly (216-481-5771).

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Nan's Notes

  J.B.s Grill & Soul Food and Washington Wellness Institute, LLC

will be providing boxed lunches for kids Wednesdays and Thursdays at LaSalle Theatre and Fridays at Five Pointe Community Center, 2:30-3:30. JB's Grill has been distributing boxed lunches for kids in Slavic Village since the start of the pandemic and has grown to serve over 200 kids a day! They are providing 50 meals to start (first-come, first-served) and will provide additional meals as the program grows. Excited to bring this option to the community for our youth!

 From NuLife Studios

After careful consideration. We have decided to move our re-opening date to June 8th. We want to ensure we are opening with all of the necessary safety measures in place. If you personal train with Abe or Arvell, please contact them directly to schedule your training sessions. We look forward to servicing your health and wellness needs again soon.

From Photocentric Gallery

We're going to be open for the Windows on Waterloo event on Friday, June 5th. Those with masks can view Lori Kella's beautiful exhibition Vanishing Shoreline (eight people max in gallery at one time for proper social distancing). Meet the artist from 5-7pm.

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Digital Poster Contest Winners Announced "Where Would we BEE without Pollinators"

The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) announces the winners of our poster contest for Cuyahoga County students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

            These students displayed their knowledge of the importance of pollinators in our 2020 poster contest. First place winners will advance to the state competition. Congratulations to the following District winners: Grades 2-3: Ayden Gonzalez from Ms. Holyk's class at Charles Mooney, Cleveland; Grades 4-6: Donovan Callahan from Ms. Severson's class at Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights; Grades 7-9: Gianna Condelli from Mr. Lubin's Class at Mayfield Middle School and Grades 10-12: Emeraude Katusevanako from Ms. Brown's sustainability club at John Marshall School of Engineering, Cleveland.

 Each included the 2020 stewardship theme: Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators? Pollinators form the foundations of a healthy and sustainable future for food and the environment, but in recent years, they have shown concerning signs of decline. Working to protect and enhance native pollinator habitats is extremely important in stemming the threat to pollinators.

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Covid-19 Does Not Keep SJN Down

5th grade students do not let a little thing like a quarantine prevent them from Bible study with their teacher, Mr. Lawlor.

This is truly an unprecedented time we find ourselves in. One day our grandchildren will open up their textbooks to discover a chapter on Covid-19. St. John Nottingham, both the church and the school, have met this challenge with flexibility, ingenuity, and faith. So many things have been abruptly cancelled or altered, from field trips to gatherings, school functions, and even the annual 8th grade trip, and we knew that the number one priority was to ensure that the instructional integrity did not suffer; that SJN students did not fall behind. At first, when we thought it would only be a few weeks, that meant work packets, but, alas, it has not just been a “few weeks.”

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Zoom Meeting With the Principal of SJN

On Saturday, June 27, the Principal of St. John Nottingham Lutheran School will be hosting a Zoom Meeting for new or prospective parents and students. Topics covered will include information about the school, the programs, the focus and mission of the school and an open forum for questions and answers.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please send an email to dpeck@stjohnnottingham.org. Please say “MEETING INVITE” in the subject line and include your full name, the names of students, the grades of students, and any questions you would like to make certain get answered. (It is not necessary to provide questions in advance.)

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St. Jerome School

During the last month of school, teachers and students have been very busy trying to tie up the end of the school year.  Communication with our parents and students has been critical throughout these last two months.  Teachers were able to stay in communication daily with their students and parents using Google Classroom, Zoom, ClassDojo and Email for instruction and updates.  Students also received a card in the mail from their teacher.  Many students really enjoyed getting their individual note which made them feel special and missed.  Preschool and Kindergarten had an awesome virtual graduation. Eighth grade graduation will be taking place in June in our school parking lot where students will be given a certificate.

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West Side Catholic Center Resumes Workforce Programs

West Side Catholic Workforce Development Center announced this week that in-person training programs will resume Tuesday, May 26th. The eight-week guaranteed job offer program will begin with in-person learning following state guidelines on public health.

The newly renovated Workforce Development building located at 3135 Lorain Avenue includes two additional classrooms. Classes run from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM with breakfast and lunch and childcare assistance provided.

Additional classes start June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26 and November 23. Masks will be provided to the job seeker (if needed), temperatures will be taken upon entry, and a medical check-in will be shared. Virtual learning and interviewing will be incorporated.

Class size will be limited to keep social distancing possible. For more information please click here or to reserve your spot, please contact Frank Johanek at 216-631-4741 ext. 167 or email fjohanek@wsccenter.org.

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El Barrio Offers Free Virtual Workforce Training Programs

El Barrio Workforce Development Center now offers free training programs online to anyone 18+, no high school diploma required. The virtual preparation services are felony-friendly and help individuals seeking employment find meaningful careers in 5 specialized tracks.

Open enrollment for the four-week virtual training courses occur every two weeks, and open information sessions occur every Friday (attendance required for course registration). El Barrio Workforce Development Center offers third-party industry certifications, connections with more than 100 corporate partners and many opportunities to meet with hiring managers at job fairs and hiring events in virtual classrooms.

El Barrio also offers supportive services for 6 months following employment. Training tracks include: Pharmacy Technician, Child Development Associate, Customer Service (Banking, Call Center, Retail), Hotel and Guest Services, and General Job Readiness in English and Spanish.

The online training courses also develop soft skills in job search and professional development, resume writing, interviewing, financial literacy and job search techniques and strategies.

For more information and to register for an open information session, please call 216-325-WORK or visit https://thecentersohio.org/services/training-and-job-search/.

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We Can Code It Offers Free Digital Training During Covid-19

We Can Code It certified coding bootcamp is now offering free web development online training for beginners during Covid-19. The remote training module aims to assist individuals begin training for new jobs in information technology.

IT is one of three fastest-growing industries for Cleveland. We Can Code It aims to bridge the skills gap in IT, bring diversity to the talent pool and build equity in the industry through an immersive 14-week bootcamp with a 94% job placement rate upon graduation.

The free online training class serves as an introduction to web development and We Can Code It course offerings. Grant assistance for the 14-week bootcamp course is also available for Covid-19 and low-income applicants, as well as diversity grants and scholarships.

For more information about the free web development training course, please visit We Can Code It at https://wecancodeit.org/.

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Jail Coalition Announces Paid Fellowship Opportunity

Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition recently announced a paid fellowship opportunity to help bring justice to those impacted by the Cuyahoga County Jail. The Jail Coalition includes 19 grassroots organizations and formed in December 2018 in response to eight reported deaths inside the Cuyahoga County Jail over six months.

Fellows will be focused on community outreach and engagement, volunteer recruitment, leadership, team formation, and campaign tactics. During Covid-19 crisis, these activities will take place online and over the phone.

The fellowship is available only to formerly incarcerated people or their loved ones. The purpose of the fellowship is to support the leadership of those who are most impacted by incarceration and to help build power for the communities most targeted by the criminal justice system.

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CPR Launches Cleveland Recovers Community Hub

Cleveland Pandemic Response (CPR) recently launched Cleveland Recovers mutual aid community hub to help to bridge gaps in need for Clevelanders affected by Covid-19 outbreak. The Cleveland Recovers hub connects individuals seeking assistance with those able to provide assistance.

Cleveland Recovers hub is designed to facilitate community preparedness and recovery. Individuals can request help or sign up to donate or volunteer. Local organizations can also sign up to provide donations or volunteer service via hub portal.

CPR formed as a volunteer group of organizers and community members to address the collective needs of the Cleveland community and aims to provide mutual aid and support to Northeast Ohio residents during Covid-19 pandemic. The approach offers a grassroots response to needs-exchange that empowers and builds leadership at the ground level. CPR arises from the idea that community members and organizations can come together to support each other, with people voluntarily offering and asking for support rather than a top-down charity approach.

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ODJFS Announces P-EBT Benefits For Families Of K-12

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently announced a temporary expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to families with children in kindergarten through grade twelve. The one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is available to families that have been eligible for free or reduce-priced meals, for each day Ohio schools have been closed.

Each child is eligible for $5.70 a day for the months of March and April. The total amount for March will be $302.10, and the total amount for April will be $239.40. P-EBT benefits are a one-time payment.

Current SNAP households will receive the additional benefits on their current Ohio Direction Card by the end of May 2020. Non-SNAP households will receive a P-EBT card for each eligible child by mail. No application is necessary, and benefits will automatically apply.

For general program information or questions about benefits, please contact the ODJFS customer service line at 1-866-244-0071. Please contact your local school district to find out if your child was eligible for free or reduce-priced meals on or before April 29, 2020.

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Bike Cleveland Launches Bike Match Program

Bike Cleveland announced this week a Bike Match program that connects individuals who need bikes with those who have functional bikes to donate. Using an online platform, interested individuals can request a bicycle or donate a ready-to-ride, functional bicycle by filling out a simple form.

The Bike Match program aims to improve mobility in Cleveland and works as an added layer to existing modes of transportation, including first-mile/last-mile options for public transit.

The tool will also give those needing to make necessary trips the freedom to move around the city autonomously, without relying on public transportation during Covid-19 and avoiding the impact of reduced transit services.

For more information, Bike Match FAQs and to register for the program, please visit BikeCleveland.org/BikeMatch.

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Greater Collinwood Seeks Workforce Development Vista

Greater Collinwood Development Corporation is pleased to announce a Workforce Development AmeriCorps VISTA position through Ohio CDC Association. We are seeking an ambitious candidate to assist in the development of a workforce development strategy for Northshore Collinwood, Nottingham Villages, Euclid Green and Glenville East.

This position requires one year of service, commencing June 8, 2020 to June 7, 2021. VISTA duties include: accessing businesses’ needs towards resident employability in target Collinwood districts; applying local strategies to regional and global scale; securing partnerships with support service agencies to assist in overcoming barriers to employment; planning of youth internship/training leadership program with area schools and experts; assisting GCDC in 2nd annual Employment & Training Resource Fair.

Applicants should be professional and should possess excellent research and verbal/written communication skills. Benefits include: living stipend; education award; health insurance; PTO and more. NOTE: AmeriCorps VISTA is not a wage position. It is a volunteer position with living stipend and benefits included.

For more information about how to apply, please contact Kristian Hunter at 216-268-2138 or visit www.greatercollinwood.org.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland Announces Worker, Tenant Info Line

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland recently announced a Worker Information Line, similar to its long-standing Tenant Information Line. The Worker Information Line provides an opportunity for residents of Northeast Ohio to get information about how to receive their last paycheck, how to apply for Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits, who qualifies for UC benefits, and more.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

ODJFS Announce PRC Program for Covid-19 Hardship

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services recently opened applications for the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding due to Covid-19. Individuals meeting eligibility requirements may receive funds to help meet essential needs in the form of a voucher.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

Collinwood Observer Drop Off Locations

Do you know where to find local, community news during Covid-19? Collinwood Observer/ Euclid Observer publisher John Copic shared the following drop-off locations with us for the month of May. Listed locations may have Collinwood Observer, Euclid Observer or both. 

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

Advance Ohio Pledges $10 Million In Matching Grants To Support Ohio Businesses

Advance Ohio recently announced a pledge of $10 million in matching grant funds to support Ohio Businesses in light of Covid-19. The matching grants aim to double business' marketing efforts from $1,500 to $50,000.

Advance Ohio’s grant program works to support marketing, advertising and branding needs of dollars spent with added exposure in the Plain Dealer, cleveland.com and Sun News. To start the application process, businesses should fill out a short form by June 1, 2020. Once submitted, applicants will be contacted within 48 hours.

Advance Ohio is a dynamic media company that operates cleveland.com, the #1 source of news and information in the state, and Sun News, one of the largest AAM-audited paid weekly chains in the USA. Advance Ohio is responsible for all multimedia ad sales for The Plain Dealer, Sun News, and cleveland.com and are the leading consumer engagement experts in Ohio.

For more information, please visit Advance Ohio Local Grant Program at https://www.advanceohiocares.com/.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

City Of Cleveland Launches Care Call Program For Seniors

City of Cleveland recently launched a Cleveland Care Calls program that aims to keep the city’s senior citizens connected while checking in on their wellbeing. Seniors can request a wellbeing call Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

The automated telephone reassurance system is being offered by the Department of Aging and Public Safety to Cleveland seniors 60 and over or adults 18-59 with a disability. To participate, individuals must complete an application found http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/sites/default/files/forms_publications/CareCalls2020Application.pdf and submit the request to the Department of Aging.

Once approved, registered citizens will receive an automated call at days and time they request. If the individual does not respond to his/her call, the system will reattempt the call several times in a 30-minute period.

If the individual does not respond within that 30-minute period, the Department of Aging will then contact any person designated as emergency contact by the senior. If the senior or emergency contact cannot be reached, the Department of Public Safety may be asked to make a home check.

For more information, please contact the Cleveland Care Calls Project Director at 216-664-6316 or 216-664-2833. For more information, please visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/node/10955.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

GCDC Invites Collinwood to Take Community Listening Survey

Greater Collinwood Development Corporation invites Collinwood neighbors and stakeholders to participate in a Community Listening Survey online. The survey seeks input from members of the Collinwood community regarding the community’s thoughts and ideas for neighborhood growth.

The Community Listening Survey asks members within GCDC geographic footprint to share their thoughts and ideas. These areas include: Collinwood Village, Euclid Green, Glenville-East, Northshore and Nottingham Village.

Answers will be reported out anonymously and collectively. GCDC is asking that neighbors share the online survey digitally with Collinwood neighborhood groups and associations.

GCDC thanks you in advance for your input. Find the Community Listening Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JS29XB3.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020

What is happening to our civil liberties during the coronavirus?

The novel 1984, by George Orwell is about a government that totally controls every part of a person’s life.  Is this what is suddenly happening, here in America, with the coronavirus scare? Why are politicians telling us what to do, and forbidding us to go to work and go outside, because of a coronavirus that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says is contagious, while the news gives us conflicting information about wearing masks and social distancing. Is 1984 finally here, thirty six years later?

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.07.2020