April 2021 Plain Press Community Board

April 2021 Community Board


AFTER SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS: Youth, ages 18 and under, can visit any of the Neighborhood Resource and Recreation centers for free meals after 3:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday. Call for serving times: Clark, 664-4657; Cudell, 664-4183; Estabrook, 664-4149; Gunning, 420-7900; and Michael Zone, 664-3373.


STATION HOPE: A virtual celebration of hope. A dialogue for change. Will be livestreamed on Cleveland Public Theatre’s website and social media pages on May 1st from 5-9 p.m. For more information visit Cleveland Public Theatre’s website at: www.cptonline.org


SCHOOL CHOICE PORTAL: Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD’s) online school choice portal is open again, this time offering an opportunity to select PreK- and K-8 schools as well as high schools for the 2021-2022 school year. The portal, ChooseCMSD.org, will remain open until April 23, when it will close and the District will make the second round of school assignments. Those assignments will be announced on May 7. The first assignments were released in February.

SAY YES TO EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS: Students who graduate from CMSD high schools receive Say Yes to Education scholarships, which pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid, to all public colleges and universities and Pell-eligible training programs in Ohio and more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country. But to qualify, students must be continuously enrolled in a CMSD high school and live in the District or City of Cleveland from ninth grade until graduation.

IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT Cleveland Public Library is helping facilitate change with our thought-provoking author series, Writers & Readers. The next candid conversation is Saturday, April 17 at noon on the Importance of Civic Education and Engagement with TIME Magazine columnist and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude, Jr., author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, and poet, young adult novelist and cookbook author Caroline Randall Williams who wrote The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess, and Soul Food Love. Saturday, April 17 at 12 noon, Hosted via Zoom. Register at: CPL.ORG/WRITERSREADERS21

GET INVOLVED: Marianne Crosley and Rachel Ciomcia of the Cleveland Leadership Centerwill offer tools to help us engage in meaningful change and build an appreciation for civic education as a foundation for life. Wednesday, April 21 | 4:30 – 6:00 PMRegister at: CPL.ORG/WRITERSREADERS21

GOD BEFORE GUNS: For information on ordering Gun Safety Cards, including how your organization may co-sponsor the printing and distribution of these cards, contact us. Up to 500 Gun Safety Cards may be obtained at no charge. Or your name/logo can be added to the card if you sponsor the printing of cards. Visit God Before Guns website at www.godbeforeguns.org  to request cards or learn more about a sponsorship. 

CLEVELAND METORPARKS offers in-person and virtual programs, for more information visit clevelandmetroparks.com/oe.

CLEVELAND WESTSIDE VILLAGE is hosting an educational program, “Protecting Assets from nursing homes, unraveling the myths of Medicaid and planning for long term care.”  Our presenter is David Banas, an attorney with the law firm Hickman and Lowder.  The program will be Saturday, May 15 from10:00 a.m. until noon.  This program is open to all and you do not need to be a member of the Village to attend. It is, however, a Zoom presentation and you must register to receive the link.  You can register at any time up until the start of the program but I encourage you to register as early as possible. To register please visit our website at https://clevelandwestside.helpfulvillage.com under the Events tab you will find this event either in the calendar view or list view.  Click on the event. At the bottom of the event page is a link to the registration page.  Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the program.  The link will be live starting at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the program. If you do not receive a confirmation email your registration was not completed. If you have any questions or have difficulty registering please email me at dcyganovich@ameritech.net


WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER’S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM assists people in transition. The eight-week program recognized with the community excellence award by the City of Cleveland as well an approved Cuyahoga County SNAP work requirement provider will assist you in identifying your passion and prepare you to re-enter the workforce.  This is all done in a one-on-one environment. With daily attendance and work requirement completed …our Program will GUARANTEE YOU JOB OFFERS in the areas of your interest! Classes run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Open computer lab and ServSafe every afternoon from 1:00-4:00 pm. Breakfast and Lunch are available, childcare assistance and transportation assistance are also available to assist. Questions, please call Frank Johanek, 216-631-4741 ext. 167. Next Class:  April 12th.


FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO RENTERS FACING EVICTION: Cuyahoga County will distribute $1 million in federal funding to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to provide legal assistance to County renters who are facing eviction due to lost income from COVID-19.  Due to the high demand for services, only households with incomes up to 200% of the poverty line, $52,400 annually for a family of four, can be assisted with free legal services at this time. People who need help can apply 24/7 online at Legal Aid’s website (www.lasclev.org) or call 888-817-8777 during most business hours. Legal Aid can also help people with quick housing questions via its Tenant Information Line: www.lasclev.org/tenantinfoline.


OHIO CITY INCORPORATED has a new membership form and is requesting all existing members and new members fill out the form.  For more information visit their website at www.ohiocity.org and under Ohio City Inc. scroll down to membership, or contact Chad Biggers at cbiggers@ohiocity.org. Ohio City Inc will be holding elections for board members in


EXTERIOR PAINT PROGRAM: The City of Cleveland invites residents to take advantage of its 2021 Exterior Paint Program, which provides paint and materials to homeowners who wish to paint the exterior of their homes. The goal of this program is to help residents protect their home investments, improve housing stock in our neighborhoods and create a better, more equitable quality of life. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021. Interested Cleveland residents can obtain applications by calling (216) 664-2045.


LAKE EFFECTS: PROGRESSIVE THINKING FOR THE CLEVELAND WE WANT: A website created by David Beach is now online at: www.lake-effects.org. The goal of the site is to create a resource for citizens and candidates for Mayor and City Council that will provide a useful collection of issues and ideas while stimulating a discussion about what a progressive city can be like. David Beach is the founder and former director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute and served as the editor of the Plain Press in the early 1980s.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICY COMMITTEE (AAPC) encourages all those who will, to come to the table to seek out solutions, rooted in public policy, that will help solve these myriad crises facing African American communities in Northeast Ohio. The AAPC meets the first Monday of every month from 2-3 p.m. For more information visit: www.noeblackhealthcoalition.org , call 216-295-0283 or email: neobhc@gmail.com.

DISABILITY COUNCIL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS: The Ohio Development Disabilities Council (DD Council) is recruiting new membership for the following categories: Individual with a developmental disability; Parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability; and An immediate relative or guardian of an institutionalized or previously institutionalized individual with a developmental disability or an individual with a developmental disability who resides or previously resided in an institution. The Ohio DD Council consists of at least 30 members appointed by the governor. Members are people with developmental disabilities, parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities, representatives from concerned state agencies, and nonprofit organizations and local agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities. If you are interested in becoming a member, go to our website at http://www.ddc.ohio.gov to the New Member Application page for more information. You may apply online or download documents to complete and mail to our office. Deadline to apply is April 18, 2021.


EASTER BUNNY DRIVE THRU EGG GIVEAWAY AND SCAVENGER EGG HUNT:  Come see the Easter Bunny and grab some eggs in a safe environment. April 3, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue. Afterwards go to a local park to find hidden eggs with prizes.

CITY OF CLEVELAND’S NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE AND RECREATION CENTER Spring 2021 programs are now open for registration for both virtual and in person classes. To view offerings in the Spring Program Guide visit:  www.clevelandohio.gov/NRRCactivities. If you experience a problem connecting to the site or have questions regarding program offerings, please call Sherry Ulery at 216-664-2241 or email NRRC_Registration@clevelandohio.gov.


TREMONT WEST DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION is seeking candidates for its upcoming Board of Directors elections in May 2021! We are looking for members who are interested in working together to give back to the Tremont, Duck Island, and Irishtown Bend Community by helping the neighborhood improve and prosper. We are seeking individuals who will be active participants for a three-year term on the Board. Please reach out to Nominating Committee Co-Chairs, Brent Burke, Grace French, Brian Hannon, and Dan Cotter, at TWDCBoard@gmail.com for information about what a board member does for our community and how to apply. Applicants will be asked to submit an application about why they are interested, what you would bring to TWDC, and how you would support our community, the deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021.  Elections will be held during TWDC Annual Meeting in May 2021. Contact us at TWDCBoard@gmail.com to get started. We look forward to hearing from you!

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