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About Us

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Caring Cubs is a 501(c)3 organization that hosts monthly service projects for young children ages 2 and up, designed to teach various lessons of social responsibility.  Our founders are a group of parents who were looking to volunteer with our kids, repeatedly met with the response that we should volunteer ourselves and just bring our kids along.  Our group, instead, plans events where the children themselves can participate in a hands-on activity, thereby taking personal pride in working toward a greater purpose.  Although many worthy organizations already exist that direct older kids to give back to community, we found that none of them were focused specifically on the very youngest members of our society, namely preschool and early elementary school students.  Hence, Caring Cubs was created to fill that void.  The idea is that it is never too early to begin teaching children about philanthropy — the key is to do it in an age-appropriate way.

 

 

Our Service Projects

Caring Cubs’ monthly service projects focus on a wide-range of topics geared toward very young children, from helping the disabled, the elderly, and the hungry to caring for the environment and animals.  Our focus is always on teaching lessons of social responsibility in a fun and playful atmosphere – we aim to teach our children valuable life lessons!  Click here to view our past service projects.

 

kaitlyn-and-card-2Our service projects typically last 90 minutes to 2 hours. We ask families to arrive on time so we can give instructions, to hear the speaker, and to participate in any programming. That said, we know that families with young children need flexibility. It is fine to step in and out; it is fine to leave early.  The projects are fun for the whole family and, although geared toward little ones, older siblings are always welcome.

Regardless of the recipient organization, the message is always age appropriate. For example, we talk about bringing smiles to people who are having a tough day. Our themes are kindness, generosity, and care. More detailed and specific literature about the bigger picture is always available to parents, but is not part of our presentations.

 

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Our Board

Katie Bell
Kristen Cash, Vice President
Heather Englander
Kerry Katz
Katie Montague
Shari Nacson, President
Kelly Rudloff, Secretary
Kristin Schron
Rob Slonaker, Treasurer
Ashley Sparks
Jennifer Stone
 

Our Founders

Halle and Josh Hara

 

Board Member Profiles

Katie Bell 1.jpgKatie Bell

Member since: 2017

Committee: Organizational Sustainability

Katie was thrilled to join the Caring Cubs board in early 2017. In her role she supports board development and technology needs of Caring Cubs. She has nine years of experience in many facets of the corporate wellness industry, including client management, training and internal operations. Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and is a proud Wooster Alumni Admissions Advocate.

Katie lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband and two busy, chatty preschoolers. Together they enjoy hiking, checking out the local museums and, of course, volunteering.

Favorite Caring Cubs Project: Veggie U Service Project I had never heard of Veggie U prior to signing my family up for this project. I loved that the organization was not only willing to create a volunteer project for younger children but they spent some time talking to the kids about what they do as an organization (and brought an example grow kit with plants)! It was really fun to learn about a new organization and their mission.”

Hobbies: Planning trips(and taking them!), puzzles and catching up on my reading.

Other Affiliations: The College of Wooster, Alumni Admissions Advocates


Shari Nacson 

Member Since: 2012

Committee: Organizational Sustainability

On the Caring Cubs board since 2012, Shari has served as board president since 2014. With expertise in child development, non-profit management, and community engagement, Shari loves being invited to talk and write about the benefits of family volunteerism!

When she is not donating her time to Caring Cubs, Shari is a mom, a freelance editor & writer, and a child development consultant. Shari lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, daughter, and barky dog, Norah(who often chimes-in during Caring Cubs calls.)

Favorite Caring Cubs Project: Scarves for Bellefaire JCB Homeless Youth I was so inspired by the excitement in the room as families cut and tied fringe for scarves. This was the first time we used gift tags, which changed the outcome into a stack of beautiful gifts with heartfelt messages toteens who may be feeling lonely.” I felt we did justice to young cubs by framing it this way-- as a way to be empathic-- without scaring them about homelessness. I imagine that a homeless youth receiving one of these scarves would truly feel cared about for at least a moment.”

Hobbies: Audiobooks, 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, jogging

Other Affiliations: Member, Cleveland Psychoanalytic Society, NAEYC, ACLU, NCJW/Cleveland, SWRJ Volunteer Literacy Tutor, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Schools Pro Bono Consultant, Cleveland Sews and Cleveland Open Table Initiative


Kelly Rudloff Kelly Rudloff 1.jpg

Member Since: 2010

Committee: Supports all committees as Board Secretary

Kelly, our longest serving board member, has volunteered for Caring Cubs since 2010. During that time, she has served as Executive Director, President, and is currently the Secretary. Kelly has professional experience in event planning, fundraising, and adult learning. Kelly received her bachelors degree from Baldwin Wallace University, a Master of Education degree from Cleveland State University, and is now a proud stay-at-home mom.

Kelly lives in Brecksville with her husband, three daughters, and a cat.  Their family keeps busy running between all of the girls’ activities, visiting their grandparent’s farm, and volunteering together.

Favorite Caring Cubs Project: Picking a favorite project from the past 7+ years is very difficult. Caring Cubs has been fortunate to volunteer for many local organizations and give young families the opportunity to volunteer for organizations they may not be aware of or able to volunteer for on their own. ONE of my favorite service projects is planting trees in the Rocky River Reservation with the Sierra Club and the Cleveland Metroparks. Unofficially known asCaring Cubs Forest”, my oldest daughters love to visit the trees they planted on a freezing cold day in April 2013.

Hobbies: Pinterest and home improvement projects, gardening, and chauffeuring my three daughters to their activities!

Other Affiliations: Shoes and Clothes for Kids board member, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Preschool Mother’s Club member