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.
DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. The 12-lap package lets you take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing on AutoClub Speedway's two-mile D-shaped oval track, which will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. The experience eschews straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.
Berea Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) started in a family garage outside of Cleveland after a small group of animal lovers recognized the desperate housing and healthcare needs of homeless animals in the area. Now, 20 years later, ARF continues to help stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, food, and medical necessities—as well as loving care and companionship—in a more formal facility for as long as needed. In addition to traditional adoption services for cats and dogs, ARF also runs temporary foster-care programs and partners with a correctional facility to operate a prison foster program in which dogs receive basic obedience training.
Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio (DCNEO), which builds confidence, respect, and self-esteem through the practice of social dance, aims to help youth break down social barriers and learn to communicate with a new set of behavioral skills. Teaching artists lead classes of fifth- and eighth-grade students through 10 weeks of ballroom-dancing lessons that are held twice a week during the normal school day. To make lessons accessible and ease children into a new endeavor, they incorporate pictures and stories and connect dance terms to food, transforming feet into chopsticks and dance frame into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In addition to dance, DCNEO also enriches children’s education with opportunities to create visual artwork, poetry, and original songs. At the end of the course, students showcase their dancing skills and other projects completed during the program at a performance for friends and family.
The staff and partners of Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc. believe that all people need a home. As part of this mission, they maintain a collection of more than 90 properties, group homes, and affordable permanent-housing units across Cuyahoga County for more than 3,500 people with low incomes, a history of homelessness, and qualifying disabilities. In each property, residents maintain the freedom and independence necessary for them to be a part of the greater community, while still receiving access to support services within their building. EDEN property managers regularly work with partner agencies, such as Veteran’s Administration and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Mental Health Services (MHS). In time, tenants can take strength from their newfound stability to get a full-time job, reconnect with family, overcome addictions, or stay off the street.
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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.