At the Cleveland Hope Center, our desire is to provide hope to others by serving the needs of people in our community with no strings attached. Last year, we impacted an estimated 49,000 people through outreaches and services projects.
BIG SERVE WEEK:
Over 500 volunteers gathered to participate in 56 service projects over the course of seven days this past summer. Each project was in cooperation with an already existing organization. We did this with the hope of connecting volunteers to these organizations to help make lasting connections. Some of the projects included: stuffing 10,000 lunches for children who would otherwise have gone without food; sorting two tons of food for over 1,000 families; planting an entire garden at the local men’s shelter; serving at the senior center; and partnering with many more organizations.
We gave away over 2,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to those in need during our Backpack Giveaway Event. Each event also provided free popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs, and games for the kids.
PANCAKES WITH SANTA:
Our Pancakes with Santa event was a huge hit! We were able to provide this fun and completely free event for families in three different communities. We held Pancakes with Santa in Jefferson, Fairview Park, and for the first time at the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club. Between these three events, we served 1,150 people over 3,500 pancakes and took 295 photos with Santa. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without our 183 awesome volunteers who cooked pancakes, snapped pictures, served food, and welcomed guests.
WOMEN’S PRISON OUTREACH:
At our annual Women’s Prison Outreach, we passed out 1,270 hats and gloves, donated by Journey Community Church. These hats and gloves were given to 600 inmates so they could stay warm during the winter season.
These are just a few highlights of the ways we were able to give back last year. There are many additional heartwarming stories of families, individuals, and children who stepped forward to seek out opportunities to impact others.
Whether it was handing out backpacks stuffed with supplies to kids in need or distributing free hats and gloves to inmates at a local prison; our purpose is to help show hope to those who are hurting. Our desire is to reach more people, and with partners like you, we know that this is just the beginning.