Be The Change. 10 Nonprofits In Northeast Ohio That Need You Now.
The past several months have been unprecedented and tumultuous. Nonprofit organizations are experiencing hardships caused by the pandemic, economic downturn and social events, but are also relied upon more than ever during this time. Meanwhile, many of us are interested in finding new ways to help others and create positive change. With this in mind, we encourage you to take a closer look at 10 organizations supported by Kaulig Giving that are making a difference in our region. Each one of them needs your help right now.
Achievement Centers for Children
What They Do: The mission of the Achievement Centers for Children is to empower children and adults with disabilities and their families to achieve their greatest potential.
Greatest Need: The Achievement Centers for Children holds an annual summer camp, Camp Cheerful, which provides year-round services for children and adults with disabilities in our community. Due to COVID-19, the camp is unable to operate this summer. At this time, support for their virtual event, “A Most Excellent Race,” is being requested to benefit the organization.
Register or Donate: https://AchievementCenters.org/race
Learn More: https://achievementcenters.org/
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What They Do: Beech Brook’s mission is to help children and families thrive by promoting healthy child development, strengthening the ability to overcome adversity and enhancing family health and stability.
Greatest Need: Many of Beech Brook’s clients are those living in deep poverty and who were already one missed paycheck away from complete financial devastation and severe damage to their mental health. Beech Brook needs help meeting the basic needs of children and families and are asking for donations in the forms of cash or gift cards for food, medication, and clothing. Donations also help Beech Brook continue to deliver the critical services provided in the community.
Learn More: https://www.beechbrook.org/
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Children’s Hunger Alliance
What They Do: Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) partners with family child care providers, daycare centers, school districts and afterschool and summer nutrition programs to help provide healthy meals and snacks for children in their care as well as nutrition and physical education to children and their families.
Greatest Need: Due to the pandemic and closure of schools, afterschool programs and childcare centers, CHA was forced to quickly develop a new way of delivering meals to those in need. Within days of the closures, CHA opened emergency feeding sites across Ohio where they offered shelf-stable, grab-n-go, nutritionally-sound meals to food insecure children. CHA now operates more than 120 emergency food distribution sites, which is an additional strain on their resources. In response, CHA has launched a statewide campaign to raise funds to operate and provide food at these sites.
Learn More: https://childrenshungeralliance.org/
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Cleveland Kids Book Bank
What They Do: Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank mission is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. Their goal is to break the poverty cycle by exposing low-income children to language and reading from birth—fostering literacy skills, opening their minds to the world beyond their neighborhood and fueling their imaginations.
Greatest Need: COVID-19 shuttered the Kids’ Book Bank for more than 9 weeks. Doors reopened June 2, but many of their partners are still closed or slowly reopening, which means books have not been getting to kids who desperately need them for two months. Monetary contributions and gently-used children’s books are requested to help jumpstart summer distribution as well as volunteering to sort and pack books in a socially-distanced and safe way.
Donate, Sign-Up, Learn More: https://www.kidsbookbank.org/
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Friends of Breakthrough Schools
What They Do: Breakthrough Schools mission is to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life.
Greatest Need: In the wake of the pandemic, Breakthrough Schools had a number of needs arise related to distance learning and the safety of our school community. Donations to the Breakthrough Scholars’ Victory Fund are requested and will help our 3,400 students many of whom live below the line of poverty.
Learn More: https://breakthroughschools.org/
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Greater Cleveland Food Bank
What They Do: The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank works to ensure everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.
Greatest Need: Food insecurity for households with children has increased by about 130% from 2018 to today and reaching more of our neighbors in needed
Learn More: https://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/
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Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity
What They Do: Habitat for Humanity works to bring affordable housing to Greater Cleveland area communities and the families that live in them. They build, rehab and sell homes to families with an affordable mortgage while connecting them to the community through neighborhood revitalization projects.
Greatest Need: Cleveland Habitat depends on donations to achieve their mission. With the closing of ReStore operations for two months, Habitat for Humanity lost approximately $400,000 in revenue. Habitat for Humanity also projects philanthropic revenues will be down 20% this year. Together, this will result in fewer homes for families that struggle with unhealthy living conditions and unaffordable rent, which is exacerbated by the economic shocks of COVID-19. For sustained focus on permanent, safe and affordable housing in Cleveland, please consider a special donation to Habitat.
Learn More: https://www.clevelandhabitat.org/
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LeBron James Family Foundation
What They Do: Every day the LeBron James Family Foundation works to create real and lasting change by tackling and challenging issues from the ground up—from transforming public education to addressing housing inequality and confronting all social injustices. The I PROMISE program was created to provide students and families the basic resources they desperately need and to empower them to be everything they’ve been told they’re not.
Learn More & Support: www.lebronjamesfamilyfoundation.org
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What They Do: Ohio Guidestone’s mission is to provide pathways for growth, achievement and lifelong success.
Greatest Need: Caring for mental health needs is more important now than ever before. Ohio Guidestone provides individuals of all ages the care, support and resources to rise above the challenges of mental illness, addiction and stigma, setting them on the path to recovery and lifelong success. Help these individuals reset their path, reclaim their autonomy and restore their purpose.
Learn More: https://ohioguidestone.org/
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Pathway Caring for Children
What They Do: Pathway Caring for Children’s mission is to empower children and families to realize their potential and achieve the possibilities of their lives through innovative mental health, foster care, and adoption services.
Greatest Need: Pathway’s foster care staff have been very busy with short term and long term placements of infants, sibling groups, and young mothers with children who are coming into care for a variety of reasons – hospitals making room for the COVID-19 needs, shelters reducing populations to meet social distancing needs, job loss and furlough creating additional burdens on fragile family situations. Foster children cannot wait for “normalcy” to arrive. $100 can provide a starter kit for a Pathway foster family welcoming an infant into their home. Your gift will encourage and support foster parents who make daily sacrifices to turn uncertainty into hope and stability.
Learn More: https://www.pathwaycfc.org/
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