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November 2017 Tri-C Service Project

Over 100 enthusiastic volunteers joined Caring Cubs at Cuyahoga Community College western campus to volunteer and give back to their community! Our families collected 362 books to donate to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS has a library of books available to anyone who visits their office and the children are encouraged to take home any book they enjoy. Caring Cubs then decorated 210 holiday cards to support the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland and their Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The cards will be delivered to veterans and military families in our community. Our cubs also made and decorated 154 musical shakers for the Educators of Today and Tomorrow (ETT) to use when they work with inner city children. ETT club members advocate for keeping music in the school curriculum and demonstrate that commitment by teaching appropriate songs, chants, rhythms, and games that the children can actively engage in to enhance their learning. Caring Cubs is so appreciative of our ongoing partnership with the Educators of Today and Tomorrow (ETT) student club at Cuyahoga Community College Western campus. ETT students as well as additional education majors volunteered at the event and worked directly with Caring Cubs to complete the projects. Thank you to the Tri-C Early Childhood Education Program for hosting Caring Cubs for the fifth year! We are so proud of everything that our families accomplished! Hundreds of local children and veterans will benefit from the projects we completed!

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See more photos from this great annual project here and see lots of completed cards here!

 

October 2017 Operation Warm Up at NCJW/Cleveland

Thank you so much to Becky Brouman from the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland for hosting our Caring Cubs! We learned about donating both new and used items and how they make the recipient feel. Our families got to sort incoming donations and learn about the process. Our cubs also made 38 fleece scarfs and attached homemade gift tags to make their donations feel like a gift of friendship. We collected a total of 18 packages of new underwear and socks to donate to Operation Warm-Up (a winter clothing collection that is distributed at Cleveland’s Homeless Stand Down).

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See more photos of the hard workers and sweet gift tags here!

October 2017 Arden Courts

Caring Cubs visited both the Westlake and Chagrin Falls locations of Arden Courts to make some adorable (and creative) Halloween crafts! Our cubs had such wonderful interaction with the residents and together they created over 100 decorations, which we distributed throughout each home. We were also treated to cookies and juice, which was a welcome surprise! Thanks to Arden Courts for being such kind hosts once again.

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More photos can be found here!

September 2017 Christopher’s Promise

Caring Cubs worked to support the the promise our friend Lauren made to Christopher years ago – that all kids, regardless of physical limitations, can enjoy riding a bike. We met up with Lauren, founder of the non-profit Christopher’s Promise, and Christopher himself, along with his family, to create special stationary for bike recipients to use when thanking sponsors that help build their adaptive bike. These cards will go to stakeholders in Ohio, Oregon, California, and beyond. Find out more about Lauren and Christopher at www.christopherspromise.org.

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More photos from this great project can be found here!

August 2017 School Supply Drive

We had a great turnout at our pop-up project at Ben & Jerry’s! Caring Cubs families amassed a large amount of supplies for Cleveland Kids In Need, a program of Shoes & Clothes for Kids. The grand totals: 230 folders, 2 binders, 1 eraser pack, 82 pens, 12 glue sticks, 3 scissors, 96 crayon boxes, 35 construction paper packs, 52 composition notebooks, and 149 spiral notebooks.

Families also worked together to make 53 friendship messages that will be included in back-to-school packages distributed by Shoes & Clothes for Kids.

There was a whole lot of ice cream eaten, too! Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s of University Heights for hosting us and for your generous donation from the proceeds this afternoon. We are so grateful!

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See more photos here!

July 2017 First Responders

Caring cubs stuffed 116 bags for first responders and delivered them all over the greater Cleveland area. We had an awesome K-9 demonstration from the City of Independence Police Department and the best tour from the Independence Fire Department Ohio!

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More photos from this great project can be found here!

June 2017 Rescue Village

Caring Cubs had an amazing afternoon at Rescue Village! We received a tour of the facility, which included a barn and indoor facilities for companion animals. The kids got to see chickens, roosters, pigs, and sheep, as well as lots of sweet dogs and cats! We made 15 blankets for the shelter’s residents and also worked on items for our “grow” theme for our Appletree window display in July!

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There are lots more sweet pictures found here!

June 2017 Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

Our Caring Cubs made 20 blankets and 25 toys for the dogs at the shelter. Jose provided education on what the shelter does and gave us a tour. The high point was being able to feed the dogs treats! Thank you to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter for hosting us.

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See lots of great photos of this service project here!

May 2017 Green Up Cleveland

Caring Cubs paired up with Green Up Cleveland to clean up trash at the Variety Theatre this weekend. We had a great time and left the Westown neighborhood a cleaner place.

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See more pictures from this great day here!

May 2017 Berea-Midpark High School

The Caring Cubs board spent a beautiful morning planting, mulching and weeding at the amazing Berea-Midpark High School gardens! It is rare that our entire board can be together with our families to share in the hard work we do for Caring Cubs! And the kids certainly didn’t mind getting dirty, finding worms, drawing chalk masterpieces, creating natural crowns, and even reading the Lorax! A special thanks to Mary Draves for hosting yet another wonderful day!

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See more great photos from this fun day here!