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.
Bubbly white clouds, purple mats, and blue walls encircle little learners at Imagination Studio, a place where kids up to age 13 develop friendships and love for the arts and improve their physical abilities and cognition. Children might do crafts and yoga at a camp, learn to dance and tumble during a class, or play parachute games at a birthday party. Guests can also steer their own educational adventures by attending open studio time, enrolling in private classes, and renting space. On some Fridays and Saturdays, evening programs keep kids occupied.
Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.
Last year, CKIN helped more than 80,000 economically disadvantaged students receive school supplies in the greater Cleveland area. Teachers report that receiving the supplies increases students' motivation, creativity, and self-esteem, as the students can concentrate on their studies rather than worrying about having the necessary supplies to do their assignments. In order to continue to donate school supplies, CKIN relies on cash and product donations from individuals, as well as national manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of school and office supplies.
The Crisis Nursery’s Tuck a Baby in Bed program provides infants with a warm place to sleep and a safe place to stay when a crisis affects their family life or results in homelessness. Babies stay at the shelter between 24 hours and 60 days, until they can safely be sent home or can receive care in a more permanent setting. During their stay, babies receive medical treatment as well as close personal attention and compassion. On average, children reside at the facility for 25 days at a cost of $16 per night.
In the Boston area, Points of Light Institute will equip and mobilize volunteers with the tools and funding necessary to complete local service projects organized by Boston Cares. Volunteers will work indoors and out, on projects such as creating a chalk mural on City Hall Plaza and preparing library books for Boston Public Schools's libraries. Meanwhile, caring cadets in other parts of the city will transform an urban orchard into an outdoor classroom at Hennigan Elementary School, clear land on an unused railroad for a recreational trail, and pack medical supplies for developing countries.