This year the cost to take the GED HAS TRIPLED TO $120. OHIO IS PROVIDING $80 VOUCHERS to individuals who want to take the test by meeting with a career counselor at one of Ohio technical education centers (OTC). A list of the OTCs and their contact information is at https://www.ohiohighered.org/otc/locations.
SEEDS OF LITERACY provides free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults. Registration is every Monday and Tuesday, at either 12:30 pm or 4:30 pm. Interested students MUST attend both days at the same time. Classes are held Monday – Thursday, 9-11 am, 1-3 pm, and 6-8 pm, and run all year. Students must have their social security number. For more information, call 216/661-7950.
COLLEGE NOW OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE: If you are an adult whose education was interrupted but have obtained a high school diploma or GED, you may be eligible for assistance from the Adult Learner Program Scholarship Fund. Application deadline is April 18th. Contact Financial Aid Specialist Elton Lytle at 216-635-0166 for details.
BED BUGS? Anyone can become a victim of a bed bug infestation. The city of Cleveland may be able to offer free assistance with treatment to people who are income qualified (gross yearly income of $15,540 for a one person household to $25,760 for a family of 6), are 60 years of age or older or an adult with a documented disability, and own and live in the unit to be treated. Call the Department of Aging at 216/664-2833.
BUDGET LEGISLATION EQUALITY
NORTHERN OHIOANS FOR BUDGET LEGISLATION EQUALITY (NOBLE, formerly ABLE) February meeting was rescheduled to March 4 at 5:30pm at 3500 Lorain Ave.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
THE 27TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS AND MUSICFEST has opened its application process for fine artists to be juried into the Show. Go to http://www.cudell.com/Artist-Application.pdf to download the application. The Show is on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
CLEVELAND METRO SCHOOLS
SCHOOL FACILITIES MASTER PLAN OPEN HOUSES will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Attend the following meetings to hear about the CMSD Master Plan recommendations for your neighborhood’s schools. For more information, please contact 216/838-0000 or 216/696-4950. The Old Brooklyn-Brooklyn Centre meeting is scheduled for April 1 at Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, Reinberger Education Center, 5500 Wildlife Way. On April 2, the meeting about the Detroit Shoreway-Cudell-Edgewater schools will be held at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Boulevard. On April 3, the Ohio City-Tremont meeting will be held at Paul Dunbar School, 2200 W. 28th Street. The Clark Fulton-Stockyards meeting is scheduled for April 8 at the Buhrer Dual Language School, 1600 Buhrer Avenue. The Kamm’s-Bellaire-Puritas meeting will be held on April 9 at Riverside School, 14601 Montrose Avenue.
PARENT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BUS TOURS are available by calling 216/838-3223 or visiting ClevelandMetroSchools.org, Parent University page for online registration. Parent attendance is required for student participation (CMSD students, grades 8-12 only). Lunch provided. Visit Wright State University on 3/1/2014, University of Akron on 3/6, Eastern Michigan University on 3/8, The Ohio State University/Mansfield Campus on 3/27, Washington & Jefferson College on 3/29, Ohio University on 4/10, and University of Cincinnati on 4/17.
The City of Cleveland’s Community Relations Board PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION AMONG RACIALLY AND CULTURALLY DIVERSE GROUPS within the community and alleviates inequalities, prejudices and other sources of intergroup conflict. Call 216/664-3290 for more information.
CREATING COMMUNITIES OF PEACEWORKSHOP will be held on March 8 from 9 am – 3 pm at St. Colman’s Fellowship Hall (beneath the sanctuary). Free coffee, water and snacks at 8:30 am. Lunch will cost $5. For more information, contact Rick at 216/355-2046.
START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM to help reduce crime in your neighborhood. Call The Cleveland Bureau of Community Policing for more information at 216/623-5080.
DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING
NATIONAL WRITING AND ARTS CONTESTS are sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology. Two 10th and two 11th graders will win The SpiRIT Writing Contest. Guidelines and entry information are available at www.rit.edu/NTID/WritingContestNR. For more information, contact WritingContest@ntid.rit.edu or call 585-475-7695 (voice) or videophone 585-286-4555. The second national competition is RIT’s annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Students in grades 9-12 can compete for a $250 cash prize in each category: film, graphic media, interactive media, photo imaging, 3-D animation and Web page design. Online entry forms, contest rules and other details are available at www.rit.edu/NTID/ArtsNR. The deadline to enter either competition is March 17, 2014.
EARTH DAY COALITION
Each year the Earth Day Coalition hosts an ART, POETRY AND ESSAY CONTEST FOR STUDENTS GRADES K-12. Students are asked to share their thoughts and feelings on “Zero Waste” through drawings, paintings, photography, essays or poetry. Entries are judged on understanding of the environmental topic, creativity and originality. Winning entries are displayed at Earth Day Coalition’s EarthFest 2014 at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds for thousands of visitors to see. For more information, check http://www.earthdaycoalition.org/content/art-poetry-and-essay-contest or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLARSHIPS for higher educationfor young volunteersare funded by Kohl’s Department Stores. Nominations will be accepted for children who are ages six to 18as of March 15, 2014 and who are not yet high school graduates. Nominations are open until March 14. Nominators must be 21 years or older and can log onto kohlskids.com. The student’s volunteer actions should be described in detail on the nomination. Volunteer efforts must have occurred in the last year.
THIRD-GRADE CLASSES CAN WIN A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE A FARM FIRST HAND. The Your InFARMation program will award a free, all-expenses-paid field trip to an Ohio livestock farm to the winning essay-writers’ entire class. More specific information about the contest rules is available at www.ForYourInFARMation.com. All essays must be postmarked no later than March 14. Contact Diane Hurd at the Ohio Livestock Coalition at 816/556-3144
ELECTION DAY WORKERS
THE CUYAHOGA BOARD OF ELECTIONS will hire poll workers for the May 6, 2014 primary. Each worker will earn $172.10 for their service, which includes training, a meeting the night before the election, and working Election Day from 5:30 am to about 8:30 pm. Each of the county’s precincts must have a balance of Democrats and Republicans; Republicans are especially needed in Cleveland. Applications are available online, at municipal buildings and in all public libraries. State law does not allow convicted felons to serve as poll workers. Applicants may apply online at 443vote.com or call the Poll Worker Department at 216/443-3277 with questions.
BELT MAGAZINE EVENTS AT THE HAPPY DOG. “The WPA and Public Art in Cleveland” is scheduled for March 11 at 7:30. “Cleveland Stories from Belt” will be held on March 19 at 7:30 in the Underdog.
LAKE EFFECT FREE HOLISTIC CLINICis scheduled at the LGBT Center at 6600 Detroit Avenue. Lake Effect Alternative Health Clinic’s FREE massages & herbal medicine will be held March 5th from 5-8 PM and every first Thursday of the month.
INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE INSURANCE availableunder the Affordable Care Act(ACA)can be found at www.healthcare.gov or 800/318-2596. Sign up by March 31, 2014.
FOR AN APPOINTMENT REGARDING THE ACA with a Certified Application Counselor at the Neighborhood Family Practice at 3569 Ridge Road, call 216-281-0872. Or call for drop-in hours.
ACA ASSISTANCE is also available at Lorain Branch Library, 8216 Lorain Avenue. Someone from the CMS Assisters will be there to answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act, help with enrollment and assist in navigating the web site, every Wednesday from 1 pm – 5 pm through the month of March.
MEDICAID is available to Ohioans who can enroll through the state’s website: http://medicaid.ohio.gov/forohioans/GetCoverage/WhoQualifies.aspx or Benefits.Ohio.gov. Ohioans who have already applied for Medicaid through the Federal website must re-apply through the state website.Children and pregnant women up to 200 percent of poverty and adults with income up to 138 percent of poverty are eligible.
MYCARE OHIO is a managed care planavailable to Ohioans who are eligible for BOTH Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid benefits will be available only through the My Care plan you choose, but you may choose continue to receive the Medicare benefits the way you do today. Call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 800/324-8680 Monday-Friday from 7 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm or visit www.ohiomh.com.
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE (HEAP)
Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) is accepting applications at the 1849 Prospect Avenue office for the HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM. CEOGC urges Cuyahoga County residents to call 216/ 518-4014 to make appointments. Any household whose total income is at or below 200% of the 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines may be eligible. A one person household may have a total income for 12 months of $20,108, and a 6 person household $55,283.
The final date to apply for assistance this year is March 31, 2014.
HOUSING COMPLAINTS PROCESS
COMPLAIN ABOUT BUILDING AND HOUSING problems such as vacant and vandalized houses; houses that are in deplorable condition; that lack building permits, heat, water, or power; or in which a senior lives but where the conditions are dangerous. Call 216/664-2007 or email BHComplaint@city.cleveland.oh.us.
FREE LEGAL AID clinic is first-come, first served on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from10:00 – 11:30 am at West Side Catholic Center, 3135 Lorain Avenue. For more information, visit http://lasclev.org/03222014/.
CHORE SERVICES provided by the Cleveland Department of Aging include SNOW REMOVAL, installation of smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors, and other home maintenance tasks. Call 216/664-3998.
CLEVELAND CARE CALLS IS AN AUTOMATED TELEPHONE REASSURANCE SYSTEM that checks on older adults’ well-being each morning. In the event the senior or his/her designated contacts cannot be reached , the Department of Public Safety may be asked to make a welfare check on the senior in question. Call 216/664-6316 or 216/664-3685.
SENIOR TRANSPORATION SERVICES are available to people in all wards who are 60 years of age or older. First time riders must call the Cleveland Department of Aging at 216/664-2833 with their home address, phone number and emergency
GET YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE. The City of Cleveland is teaming up with Google and our community partners to provide an interactive website sign-up event. The event will include an overview of the program and what it has to offer for small businesses. Business owners will be taken through the sign-up process and will be given the opportunity to create their own website and have their business location noted on Google Maps. For more information, contact Matthew Moss at email@example.com or 216/664-3682. The event will be held on Monday, March 10 @ 4pm-7pm at Cleveland City Hall at 601 Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
CAMP FORBES is available FREE of charge for one week for Cleveland residents between the ages of 9 and 13. They need a birth certificate, an immunization record and a current utility bill (within the last 3 months) to register. Sign-up at Cleveland Recreation Centers by May 31, or call 263-5325 with questions.
Ohioans who earned less than $65,000 in 2013 (or married couples that earned less than $95,000 in 2013) can FILE THEIR TAXES FREE through The Ohio Benefit Bank™. Complete their own federal, state, and school district taxes without a counselor through our self-serve model at www.ohiobenefits.org. If you would prefer to meet with a counselor, check out the “site locator” on www.ohiobenefits.org that lists sites that are open to the public. Call the hotline at 800/648-1176 with any questions. If you’re interested in training to become a counselor yourself, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information online training.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE MEN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! The Cleveland Clinic and the Urban Barber Association (TUBA) are offering a series of Health Education, Cooking Demonstrations and Health Screening events at the Cleveland Clinic Langston Hughes community health center at East 79th Street and Quincy Avenue in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood. Barbershops must sign up to win. The barbershop with the most pre-registered participants can win a cash prize of up to $2000. For more information, call 216-245-TUBA (8822) , emailTUBAhelp@gmail.com or logon to www.TheUrbanBarberAssociation.org
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED (Y.O.U.) is now registering youth for summer employment opportunities until Friday, April 4th. Youth interested in a job for 2014 employment may do so online at www.youthopportunities.org.