SpitzerCares.org hopes to fund a million meals in 2012 through food pantries, shelters, kids’ cafés, and backpack programs. For every dollar it earns via community car washes, donations, and fundraising events, SpizerCares.org can provide four meals to northern Ohioans in need. Patrons can keep up with the organization’s progress online as a ticker shaped like an apple tallies the number of meals SpitzerCares.org has shelled out so far this year.
The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation—started by the Bengals quarterback and his wife—provides a combination of daily services and life-changing experiences for seriously ill and physically challenged children. Its four primary programs support children and their families throughout their medical experiences. Date Night gives parents a free private dinner as an opportunity to spend time on their own while their children play together at the Hilton Downtown. King for a Day sends children to Kings Island theme park with fast lane passes, snack vouchers, and free T-shirts. As part of the organization's focus on daily needs, the Pass it On program distributes medical equipment to families who cannot endure the financial expense, and The Hub stocks hospitals with entertainment and educational resources.
House of Hope provides residential services for reduced charges, so men living at the house can save money for permanent housing after completing their recovery programs. Currently, House of Hope only has 11 beds, and must place many prospective residents on a waiting list until a bed is available. House of Hope would like to expand its Sober House with five more beds.
HFF places family groups in separate apartment units to minimize the stress of acquiring permanent housing for young children. Last year, 139 children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years and their families moved into HFF housing, and few arrive with their own furniture. HFF aims to distribute pack n' play cribs to families in its transitional housing program to provide a safe environment for young children to sleep and play.
Connections: Health.Wellness.Advocacy delivers a comprehensive array of behavioral health care services that promote a high quality of life among more than 6,000 individuals in the region. The organization targets people's needs in a culturally competent manner with necessary programs in psychiatric support, deaf and hard-of-hearing services, geriatrics, perinatal services, and pharmacological management. Connections has recently worked to improve the health care infrastructure in the region through a variety of projects, including the construction of a new primary-care clinic in Beachwood and a cloud-based medical-record system.
Streetvibes newspaper distributors buy the paper for 25 cents per copy and sell it for $1 donations. Approximately 50 distributors sell more than 3,500 issues every two weeks. Since they work in all types of weather conditions, distributors require a protective place to store the papers, and easily identifiable vests to keep them warm while improving their image, credibility, and ultimately, sales. GCCH would like to outfit Streetvibes distributors with bags and new XXL vests that will be large enough to wear over winter coats.
Jeremy Cares, Inc., was founded in 2011 by the family of Jeremy George, a cancer survivor who underwent a stem-cell transplant at age 17. The organization aims to enrich the lives of children dealing with serious illnesses and aid their families during a difficult time. It runs a variety of programs to help diminish stress levels and create positive experiences for these families. Among other initiatives, the group sponsors a family room at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and organizes an annual Super Bowl party for the oncology floor at the hospital. During the holidays, Jeremy Cares, Inc., also donates gifts to hospitalized children and their families.