A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE
COMMUNITY ANIMAL RETENTION EFFORT (PROJECT CARE)’S mission is to provide outreach support for pet owning residents with the goal of helping owners retain their pets, as well as providing spay/neuter services to reduce pet overpopulation. If you live in Clark-Fulton or Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods, you may be eligible to receive FREE pet care services for your dogs and cats! Eligibility requirements apply. . Free services include: Vaccinations, Collar/leash, ID tags, Spay-Neuter, and more! These services also include free spay/neuter for STRAY CATS. CALL TODAY!! 216-255-5012 or mail email@example.com
BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
A CONCERT FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND A NEW ROOF will be held on January 18th at 7 pm at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 6415 West Clinton Ave. Noah Budin and the Promised Band will perform songs of peace and justice in celebration of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A free will offering will be collected to help Bethany Presbyterian Church with a much needed new roof. Visit www.noahbudin.com or call (216)651-0040.
CAREERS IN THE TRADES
THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY at the Cuyahoga Community College offers training in certificate programs at no cost to the student. Eligible students receive this training as well as supportive services such as bus tickets, OSHA 10 Certificate, up to $250 stipend week paid internship, private job fair, and an extension to full-time employment. Programs are: Precision Machine Technology (learn set-up and operation of milling machines, lathes and surface grinders) and Welding (Certified through American Welders Association in TIG and Stick Welding techniques). The short-term programs last 1 semester. Starting wages ranging from $12-15 per hour, depending on the program. Students must be 18-21 years old, have a HS diploma of GED, be a Cuyahoga County resident, and meet low income guidelines. Students must be dedicated and motivated to successfully complete one of the programs and quickly transition into full-time employment. Call (216) 987-3449 for more information.
SHEET METAL APPRENTICESHIP. Paid on-the-job, five years. Health insurance, classroom instruction, pension plan. The Sheet Metal Workers’’ Local #33, Cleveland District will be accepting applications on Monday January 12 and February 9 from 11:30 am to 6 pm at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local #33 Training Center, 12525 Corporate Drive, Parma 44130. (Bring a photo id; must be at least 17 years of age. Proof of high school diploma or GED. $10 for application fee, no personal checks.) A test will be administered at a later date ($35), and an interview will be required. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For additional information, call the SMW Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee at (216) 267-0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEVELAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BREAKFAST WITH CLEVELAND TEACHERS UNION’S DAVID QUOLKE is scheduled for Saturday, January 24 from 10 am to 12 noon at Carnegie West Public Library 1900 Fulton Road, 44113. For more information, visit Common Good Ohio at
http://www.commongoodohio.org/. You can also keep up with Common Good Ohio on Facebook.
THE ASC3 CONNECT YOUR COMMUNITY CENTER is open for business in its temporary home—the former Best Cuts space (between the CVS and Giorgio’s) in the Brooklyn Center plaza at Pearl and Archwood. The Center will be closed for the holidays and reopen after January 5th. All classes are free, and participants are able to get very affordable refurbished computers from RET3. Free public WI-FI access is available as well. The class schedule is posted, along with hours and contact information, at http://cyccenter.blogspot.com/. For more information, contact Director Bill Callahan at (216)870-4736 or log onto connectyourcommmunity.org
CUDELL’S ANNUAL MEETING. Cudell Improvement, Inc.’s 40th Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm at Brennan’s Banquet Center, 13000 Triskett Road. Free and open to the public, the event will feature an update on the improvements happening at Edgewater Lakefront Metropark. Giving the address will be Metroparks Board Member Debbie Berry who many of Cudell’s stakeholders know from her former employment with the City of Cleveland Planning Department and currently her position with University Circle, Inc. A light supper will be served prior to the meeting.
$400 GRAFFITI REMOVAL REBATE AVAILABLE. Residents and business owners in the Cudell Improvement service area are eligible for up to a $400 rebate for appropriate removal of graffiti on their private property. A brief application must be completed and approved before removal can begin to be qualified for a rebate on materials and/or contracted labor. Call (216)228-4383 or stop by either of the Cudell offices at 9821 Lorain or 9801 Denison for an application. If you spot graffiti on a public surface (such as a pole, bridge pier, public building, etc.), call (216)664-2000 and the City Hall Operator will accept your complaint. Have the address or nearest address available tor the complaint or the pole number. Keep in mind that graffiti removal from brick or other masonry surfaces may be constrained by freezing temperatures.
FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS
CELEBRATE THE FIESTA DE REYES on January 9 at 3115 Scranton Rd. (Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center) from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Sponsored by the City of Cleveland and Community Relations Board. Register by calling (216)664-6248.
NO COAL BAILOUTS PUCO HEARING: Attend a public hearing to oppose FirstEnergy’s request for dirty energy bailouts in Ohio! The hearing room will be held at Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Cleveland City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Room 216, 601 Lakeside Avenue, 44114. For more information: Neil.Waggoner@SierraClub.org
APPLY FOR SNAP (food stamps), and other assistance programs, and find a pantry, hot meal or produce distribution near you. If you make less than from $1244 in gross monthly income for a one-person household (to $2986 for a five-person household), you may be eligible. Apply over the phone (fastest) (216)738-2067 or (855)738-2067, or apply online at www.ohiobenefits.org
JUSTICE DEPT. REPORT
A LOCAL CONVERSATION ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT will be held Saturday, January 17th from 8am-1pm at Enhancement Ministries, Inc, at 5246 Broadway Ave. 44127. The four focus areas located on pages 28-58 of the DOJ report are “structural and systemic deficiencies” that lead to “the use of unreasonable force.” A report of the comments from the meeting will be presented to the City of Cleveland, City Council, various Council Committees, federal and state legislators and local media. For more information, contact Yvonka M. Hall at (216)802-8101 or email her at email@example.com.
LA PLACITA FESTIVAL
The near west side’s first weekly open air HISPANIC MARKET is set to open on May 2015. La Placita is seeking vendors and entertainers of all kinds specializing in Latino and Hispanic food, clothing, crafts, art, dance, music and much more. For more information, contact Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Economic Development Coordinator Maria Soucek at (216)961-9073, x202.
CHILDREN AND TEEN SPECIAL REQUESTS. The Cleveland Public Library can help parents, school teachers and daycare personnel by pulling items for a theme or class assignment. If your children or students are working on a specific topic or reading the same title, call the Library Youth Services Department or your nearest Library branch. Any requests must be submitted two weeks in advance. Visit cpl.org/Teens.aspx, the parents or teacher resources of the cpl.org/kids.aspx, or call the library. Local library branches include: Brooklyn (623-6920), Carnegie West (623-6927), Eastman (623-6955), Fulton (623-6969), Jefferson (623-7004), Lorain (623-7011), South (623-7060), South Brooklyn (623-7067), and Walz (623-7095). Visit www.cpl.org or call for branch information, including addresses and hours.
NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY PRACTICE
CERTIFIED APPLICATION COUNSELORS are available at Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) to answer questions and help you choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for you. This service is free and confidential. Call today to schedule an appointment or drop-in at NFP’s Ridge Road office on Monday and Tuesday from 3 – 7 p.m. Medicaid. (Children up to 18, ages 19-64 not on Medicare, pregnant women. Medicare recipients under different income rules may be eligible for support. Must meet income guidelines.) Affordable Care Act Marketplace. (Not on Medicare or Medicaid, non-citizens lawfully present in the U.S. Must meet income guidelines, financial support is available). Medicare. (Eligible for Social Security or railroad retirement benefits. 65+ or have received Social Security Disability for two years.) Sliding Scale Deductible with Neighborhood Family Practice. (Available for NFP patients based on ability to pay. Must meet income guidelines. Helps NFP patients that may be covered by a commercial insurance with a high deductible or co-pays.) What should you bring: Valid state ID or birth certificate, Social Security Card, proof of address (recent utility bill is best), proof of income (paystubs from the last 30 days, your 2013 Taxes or 1099, W2), any other income (i.e. benefits, letter, unemployment letter, etc.), immigration documentation (most recent documentation: I-94, Green Card, Work Authorization, Naturalization, Visa). Contact Neighborhood Family Practice at 3569 Ridge Road, 44102, call (216) 281-0872 ext. 2020 Or visit www.nfpmedcenter.org NECESITA SEGURO MEDICO? Llame para hacer su cita hoy al (216) 281-0872.
THE 2015-2016 KENNEDY-LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE AND STUDY (YES) ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program enables students to study for one academic year in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Thailand, and Turkey. The merit-based scholarship covers domestic and international travel; applicable visa fees; medical benefits; room and board; tuition at the local high school; orientations; and fees for educational and cultural activities. Participants in the program fully immerse themselves into the culture of their host family while attending local high school. Interested students should visit www.yes-abroad.org to learn more the program and to apply. Contact the YES Abroad program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-237-4636 x2151 if you have questions about the program or application process. The application deadline is January 7, 2015.
US HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS can receive scholarships that are fully funded to study in Germany for the 2015-2016 academic year. By living with a host family and attending a local high school, participants learn the German language, immerse themselves in the culture and serve as youth ambassadors from the United States. To learn more about the scholarship, visit www.usagermanyscholarship.org. The application deadline for U.S. Department of State’s scholarships are January 8, 2015. Residents of this region can call (800) AFS-INFO x2216 or email Sara Dubois at email@example.com for details.
LEARN TO BE A TAX PREPARATION VOLUNTEER. The Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition provides free training to help greet clients and prepare taxes, helping low income families get tax refunds. Over 25 Cuyahgoa County locations. No experience necessary. Sign up by logging onto www.refundohio.org. For more information, contact Keely Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org
MY COM. My Commitment. My Community. Call for all adults and youth to shape a community plan for Westside youth. Follow up meeting. Participate in developing guiding principles on how youth will be treated and respected, how they will engage, and how services will be structured and offered in the community. Be part of a new community vision. Thursday, January 22 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Lincoln West High School at 3202 West 30th St. Refreshments/appetizers will be provided. Contact Hispanic UMADAOP at (216) 459-1222 for more information.
LLAMAMIENTO A CADA ADULTO Y JOVEN PARA FORMAR UN PLAN COMUNITARIO PARA LA JUVENTUD. Jueves, Enero 22, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Lincoln West High School, 3202 W. 30th St. Refrescos/Aperitivos incluidos. Hispanic UMADAOP at (216) 459-1222.