Quiet coordination warms homes and hearts

This holiday season the United Way of Greater Cleveland Engagement Center coordinated two projects to help people in need.

The Cleveland Clinic helps students stay in school
Cleveland Clinic Winter Clothing Donation for CMSDWhile everyone was out shopping and preparing for the holidays, Cleveland Clinic employees were thinking of ways they could help others. Throughout the months of November and December various Clinic departments collected hundreds of winter coats, gloves, hats and more.

Hats and Gloves donated by Cleveland Clinic staff for CMSD studentsIn order to ensure these items went to people in the community who truly needed them, the Clinic worked with the United Way of Greater Cleveland Engagement Center to arrange for four Cleveland Metropolitan School District Investment Schools to receive the donations. These schools serve more than one thousand students.  According to CMSD Investment school wraparound coordinator Derrick Hillmon, parents were extremely appreciative of the donations, “Several parents were ecstatic about the items because they were unable to buy them for their children. These items help keep students warm and covered so they can show up to school. Indirectly the donations will help with attendance.”

Hats off to the Clinic for doing their part to ensure CMSD students have what they need to show up to school and learn.

Target Stores help families enjoy the holiday
Target Share a Tree volunteersTarget stores partnered with the United Way of Greater Cleveland Engagement Center and its partner agencies to coordinate the distribution of holiday tinsel trees to families and organizations in need throughout the community. Partners included Cleveland Metropolitan School District Investment Schools, University Settlement, and Burten, Bell and Carr Development Inc.

Cassandra Washington, Mound Stem School wraparound site director, who help deliver the trees said, “It was exciting to make sure deserving families received the trees for the holidays.”

Caitlyn Neely, Americorps Vista member placed at Burten Bell Carr said, “When we picked up the trees at Target, one of the cashiers there had just participated in a large United Way fundraiser. It was fate that she got to hear about the tree donation; she helped make it happen and got to see her efforts come full circle.”

Neely said the people she contacted about receiving the trees were “overwhelmingly grateful.”

This is the 24th year of the Target Share a Tree program.

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