WHO HAVE WE HELPED
where have we made a difference?
6 GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN NEED
9 ORGANIZATIONS IN CLEVELAND
THE WORLD LEFT TO GO
WITH US, NO PROJECT IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL. SO FAR, OUR PROJECTS HAVE BENEFITTED SIX KEY GROUPS OF PEOPLE WITHIN CLEVELAND THROUGH NINE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, EACH OUTLINED BELOW.
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SOCIETY*
M.A.D. Club is involved in various projects that benefit the WSCC, but one of our most popular project activities that helps this organization is assembling sandwich pouches through our Peanut Butter & Jelly Society, which is a division of our club. Members get together and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and create a meal pouch that also includes a piece of fruit or snack and a bottle of water. These meals are then delivered to the center and welcomed by the many homeless individuals that live in a constant state of hunger. Each time this activity takes place, M.A.D. Club helps the WSCC answer the call for help from the hundreds of people who visit the shelter on a daily basis.
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Society is a growing division of M.A.D. Club, and we are excited about everything planned in the Society's future. More information coming soon!
WHAT IS THE WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER?
The West Side Catholic Center is an extraordinary organization that responds to the needs of anyone, regardless of religious beliefs or geographical region. The WSCC has provided shelter, clothing, and food to those who need it free of cost since 1977. As stated on the organization's website, "...33% of Cleveland's residents and almost half of Cleveland's children live in poverty." The WSCC helps thousands of people who struggle with poverty every day and every person it helps is treated with respect, love, and hospitality.
DID YOU KNOW: One of the most requested items from homeless men at homeless shelters is gloves. In fact, the homeless use gloves year round, not only in the winter. The gloves not only give the men warmth during the chilly spring and summer nights but also provides their hands with protection as they rummage through trash and dumpsters while trying to survive on the streets. Warm Hands, Warm Hearts* is a unique, annual glove collection in the way that it is specifically for underprivileged men within Cleveland. We focused on men because typically when donations are received at shelters like St. Hermans or the West Side Catholic Center, the donations are for women and children, and many shelters lack men's donations.
#1: THE HOMELESS
WHAT IS ST. HERMAN'S HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY?
For over 35 years, St. Herman's House of Hospitality has served poor and homeless men by offering them hot meals, clothing, shelter, work opportunities, prayers, and above all, hospitality. St. Herman's has its men involved in programs that prepare them to resume a happy, independent lifestyle outside of the House once completed.
#2: THE HUNGRY
BEN FRANKLIN COMMUNITY GARDEN
One of the largest community gardens in all of Ohio, the Benjamin Franklin Community Garden contains five acres of gardening plots that allow families to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This community garden was founded in 1929, and every year since then has been filled with the dedication, pride, and hard work of all of the gardeners who plant there. This Cleveland Landmark also contains the Hunger Gardens, which are 20 individual gardens designated to produce thousands of pounds of vegetables for local hunger centers and food banks.
In the 1980's, the city attempted to close the Benjamin Franklin Gardens to build a parking lot. As you can imagine, this would have been a devastating blow for the community as many families relied on the gardens for food, including those who benefit from Ben Franklin's produce at the hunger centers and food banks within Cleveland. Fortunately, a petition was made against this attempt and Benjamin Franklin's gardens continue to thrive today!
HOW WE MADE A DIFFERENCE:
Beginning in the spring, members volunteer in the Hunger Gardens to plant various vegetables, such as potatoes, broccoli, and tomatoes. Throughout the summer months, members weed, water, and fertilize these crops that are eventually harvested and sent to local hunger centers to feed those without food. In addition to this, some volunteers repaint shed parts, benches, and picnic tables throughout the garden as well as other small projects that help keep up the community garden.
Since M.A.D. Club has volunteered at Ben Franklin, we have harvested a total of 5,000 pounds of vegetables for the hungry that we cared for, seed to donation!
WILL YOU FEED SOMEONE IN NEED?
Our third growing season with Ben Franklin will begin in spring 2018, and each season M.A.D. Club teams up with some friends to sponsor the Hunger Gardens. Sponsoring one Hunger Garden costs $40, and with this, our volunteers will plant, care for, and harvest vegetables for the hungry in your name. Your donation goes a very long way in feeding someone without food and adds to the 5,000 pounds of vegetables we've already harvested. The name of someone who has sponsored a Hunger Garden is written on a sign that is placed next to the garden he or she sponsored, and sponsors receive a certificate and updates throughout the growing season on progress from the garden he or she sponsored.
This time next year, all of our piles of donations will have been weighed and delivered to the hunger centers, and some of them could be from a garden that was sponsored by you! If you are interested in sponsoring a hunger garden for this growing season or the next, contact us!
#3: THE DISCOURAGED
Never underestimate the power of words. For this fun and easy project, volunteers write letters and holiday cards to the people staying at Project Hope, located in Painesville, Ohio. Those staying at this shelter often feel discouraged and need positive encouragement. Our letters, though simple and small, have been received with enthusiasm at the shelter.
Project Hope is a homeless shelter in Painesville that benefits adults, families, and children. Its services include an overnight shelter, a wing for families and children, as well as an aftercare program. The emergency shelter provides space for up to 50 adults and children each night, not only offering them a safe place to stay but also giving them the basic needs and professional guidance to help them improve their quality of life. Project Hope proudly reports that more than half of its guests leave the shelter for a better living situation.
#4: VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & ADDICTION
THE JULIE ADAMS HOUSE
The Julie Adams House is a shelter for women who have suffered from addictions and drug abuse. While in recovery, the women there are given support and encouragement as they go through training sessions to prepare themselves to go back to an independent and responsible lifestyle. The Julie Adams House has changed the lives and outlooks of so many women and has given them a second chance at having a healthy life.
You don't need to have a family of ten to know how fast toilet paper runs out, so imagine just how fast it goes in a house of thirty-three women! The Julie Adams House is in constant need of toiletries such as toilet paper, so M.A.D. Club has completed a couple of projects to help with this need. Check them out!
Spring Cleaning is an annual toiletry collection that typically takes place in the spring months. Spring Cleaning produces close to a thousand toiletry products per collection that are donated to the women at the Julie Adams House as well as the homeless at the West Side Catholic Center. Products collected include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, bars of soap, washcloths, and many other toiletry items.
In addition to this, a friend of M.A.D. Club planted a garden for the women at the Julie Adams House in the spring of 2016. His garden grew herbs, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, kale, beans, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, carrots, and more for the ladies there!
TEAMING UP LOCALLY
M.A.D. Club partnered with Skin Rehab, LLC in North Royalton to host a toiletry collection specifically for the ladies at the Julie Adams House. The owner generously gave her clients 50% off one of her services if they donated ten items from a list of needed toiletries at the House. With the help of Skin Rehab, M.A.D. Club was able to collect nearly 400 toiletry products for these ladies!
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Volunteers celebrated Christmas and Easter with two communities of underprivileged children.
Every year, a friend of M.A.D. Club hosts a Christmas party for the children in one of these two communities. This party is very similar to other Christmas parties for children: the kids eat pizza, play games, and leave with a goody-bag. However, for these children, this party means so much more.
M.A.D. Club created the souvenirs from this party for the children. Because the party was celebrating Christmas, M.A.D. Club decorated over 60 styrofoam ornaments to give to the children at the end of the party. Although many of the children that attended did not have Christmas trees at home, they were overjoyed with the ornaments nonetheless!
On another occasion, M.A.D. Club worked with the same community to help prepare for an Easter egg hunt being hosted for this group of children. M.A.D. Club members stuffed candy into over 600 Easter eggs for the hunt, and the kids had a blast!
For a separate group of underprivileged children residing in Painesville, Ohio, members operated and volunteered at an Easter party for the children that lasted all day!
#6: INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN
THE BUDDY PROJECT*
Every 10th, 20th, and 30th date of the month, M.A.D. Club sends a group of volunteers to visit the children and teenagers residing at the Rosemary Center home on Ridgewood Drive. We have taken part in various activities to offer our friendship to the children, such as attending carnivals with them, planting a pumpkin patch in their backyard, taking trips to the park, going to Boo at the Zoo for Halloween, making fun arts and crafts, and during the holidays, singing Christmas carols! For the children who are Catholic, our volunteers have taken them to mass at St. John Bosco's parish, usually on the first and third Sunday of each month. Following this, they are taken to Children's Liturgy of the Word during the priest's homily.
The Rose-Mary Center homes throughout Cuyahoga County offer children and adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to live in a safe, home-like setting. A licensed and professional staff, including nurses, direct daily activities and field trips that promote personal growth.
A structured day of personal growth and development is accomplished through recreational activities and through individual and group instruction, including individual habilitation plans.