It’s All About People Helping People….

It’s a new year and time to help your neighbor. What better way to start 2023. Here’s a look at a few local charities that are easy to find and make an impact on your home town.

Community West Foundation: Socks+

It’s Not Just About Socks. It’s About Dignity.

Socks are the most requested item by our unhoused neighbors. With Socks+, your support means not only warm feet, but dignity. Join Community West Foundation in illuminating hope by delivering dignity and well-being to the people of Western Cleveland. 100% of your donation helps people in Cleveland, Western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.

How You Can Help

Dignity comes in pairs. Socks and underwear. Shampoo and soap. Gloves and hats. Driven by the ever-changing needs of unhoused Clevelanders, 100% of your donation delivers essential supplies to our struggling neighbors and inspires resilience.

  • Give a Gift: We all share the same heart. With your generous donation, we can provide basic needs support to local men, women, and families. A gift of $10 provides 10 pairs of socks. A larger donation allows us to purchase socks plus gloves, hats, backpacks, and other necessities.
  • Donate Items: Your Socks+ donation helps ensure Clevelanders experiencing personal hardship have access to not only socks, but basic care items and more.

Our current needs list includes: • Socks • Underwear • Hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, and deodorant • Winter hats and gloves • Backpacks • Sleeping bags. Note: We cannot accept any used items.

  • Host a Drive: Community West Foundation partners with local schools, churches, and businesses — empowering compassionate individuals like you to empower others. Want to organize a collection drive? Let us know, and we’ll provide you with tips and supplies to make it successful.

Visit www.communitywestfoundation.org/Socks for more information.

St. Barnabas Community Cupboard

Take what you need, leave what you can. Open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every day.

The mission of the St. Barnabas Community Cupboard, 468 Bradley Rd, Bay Village is to provide free, supplemental food for our neighbors in need, honoring their dignity through anonymity and quality choices.

The Community Cupboard is housed in the large vestibule on the south side of our building, which is easily accessible from the Bay Lodge parking lot. The exterior door is open and accessible for our neighbors seeking food from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every day. Fresh, dry, and frozen foods are available. It’s completely anonymous, so please take what you need and leave what you can.

Visit www.stbarnabasbv.org/community-cupboard for more information.

Community Resource Services

Community Resource Services is a responsive, community-based organization whose mission is to diminish the effects of poverty in Avon and Avon Lake. We provide basic needs assistance and individualized resource and referral services in a compassionate and confidential manner.

CRS is the designated emergency food pantry serving Avon and Avon Lake, 33479 Lake Road, Suite C, Avon Lake, OH 44012. Our pantry is supported through the generous donations of local churches, schools, businesses, civic organizations and individuals. As a proud partner of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio*, CRS also receives food grants and/or discounted food to help make sure our pantry shelves are well-stocked throughout the year. CRS provides a minimum of food every 30 days to individuals and families who come in for help. In order to receive food from the CRS pantry, individuals must provide proof of residence in Avon or Avon Lake, and a self-declaration of need following the eligibility guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Local retailers, including Giant Eagle and Barry Bagels, donate additional items on a regular basis.

CRS offers options for fresh produce whenever possible. Thanks to the Second Harvest Food Bank, we are able to provide fresh produce during the spring and summer. Other partnerships that provide fresh fruits and vegetables include the Avon Lake Community Garden and the Children’s Garden at the Avon Lake Public Library.

CRS operates the food pantry Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm. The CRS office is closed on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Visit www.aalcrs.org/ for more information.

Village Project

Village Project comes together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors who are experiencing cancer. We provide a vehicle to approach the devastating disease of cancer in a positive, hopeful manner by utilizing individual gifts and talents of volunteers, giving all the opportunity to experience the joy of serving.

The Village Project Impact: Village Project is a unique, multi-generational service organization that supports the entire family unit as they struggle with this devastating disease. Family members caring for loved ones afflicted with cancer face emotional and physical exhaustion. Our meal delivery removes the burden of planning, shopping and cooking.

Visit ourvillageproject.com/ for more information.

Our area is rich with opportunities to give of your time, talent and resources in ways to benefit others. All you have to do is look around. We encourage everyone to ‘Celebrate the Power of Community’ and make a difference in your own special way.

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