Thursday, November 22, 2012
This program has students learning how to jump rope, Double Dutch style, and how to give back at the same time.
Students at Chippewa Elementary School have been learning about staying active and giving back through the “Double Dutch for the Yuletide Hunger Drive." Learn more by watching the video above. If you’d like to contribute to the Yuletide Hunger Program, you can take nonperishable food items or toiletries to the Human Services Center by Nov. 30. The program supports local families in need during the holidays.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The city will be re-evaluating all of its fees by the year’s end.
Starting in October, brunch at the Human Services Center will be a bit more expensive. At its meeting on Tuesday, Brecksville City Council voted to increase the price of the weekly brunch from $3 to $4 to help cover the rising cost of food. The brunches are held on Tuesday mornings and are open to all ages. Linda DePompei of the Human Services Center said the new fee would start on Oct. 1. The city will be re-evaluating all of its fees during the next few months, Mayor Jerry N. Hruby told council. The city has re-evaluated some of its fees regularly, like those for the Community Center or the building department, but hasn’t updated the overall fee list in a few years. Some fees, like the Human Services brunch, may not even be listed at …
Brecksville City Council met Tuesday night.
Brecksville City Council approved a variety of purchases during its meeting on Tuesday night. Here’s a quick look:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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The dining room in the Brecksville Human Services Center was full Tuesday afternoon as people gathered to honor Frank DeWolf and Midge Cassidy as this year’s Senior Volunteers of the Year. Mayor Jerry N. Hruby noted that the volunteers had truly dedicated themselves to the bicentennial celebration, among their many other volunteer activities. Cassidy volunteers at “organization after organization, event after event,” and DeWolf has always made sure things are done right, Hruby said. Both addressed the crowd, introducing their families and thanking those responsible for the honor. The annual event—this is the 40th pair of honorees—is run by the city and the Kiwanis Club of Brecksville. DeWolf reflected on the former honorees who had …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Both will be honored at an annual luncheon at the Human Services Center.
This year’s Senior Volunteers of the Year were influential in the city’s bicentennial celebration. The Brecksville Human Services Center and the Kiwanis Club of Brecksville have named Frank DeWolf and Midge Cassidy this year’s honorees. DeWolf was a co-chair of the Brecksville Bicentennial Committee, and Cassidy was an honorary co-chair. The two also have a variety of other volunteer activities to their names. In addition to co-chairing the Bicentennial Committee, DeWolf is part of the Brecksville Historical Association and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Alumni Association. He also served for more than 30 years on the Brecksville Fire Department. DeWolf was also named one of the Brecksville Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year, …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Human Services Center wants to help them celebrate!
The Human Services Center wants to help Brecksville’s seniors celebrate their birthdays! Any Brecksville resident who will be turning 90 or older this year is encouraged to call the Human Services Center to sign up for its new program. Linda DePompei, who helped create the new program, said the center will send a birthday card to the lucky man or woman during their birthday month, and they’ll set up transportation to a free lunch. The center’s Thursday “Flick and a Feast” lunches are normally $5 for seniors. DePompei said the center caters to seniors, and this was just another way to get people involved.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
If you’d like to donate, read on to see what the pantry’s biggest needs are.
Anytime someone makes a donation to the Brecksville Pantry, they’re helping their neighbors in need. The food and toiletries that are collected are passed out monthly to low-income families in the area. If a Brecksville family expresses need, the pantry will help, said Laura Kalinowski. Kalinowski has been in charge of the pantry for the past two years, but the Human Services program has been around for much longer than that. Currently, there are 19 families the pantry serves on the third Wednesday of every month. Each family receives enough food for about three days, Kalinowski said. That includes food for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner staples like tuna, spaghetti and soups. The pantry also buys fresh meat for the families. “We …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Volunteers help local seniors around town.
Looking for a way to give back? Here’s one idea. The Brecksville Human Services Department is looking for volunteer drivers. The city put out a press release Monday, saying that there is a shortage of drivers. The drivers take local seniors on a variety of errands and trips, including medical appointments, grocery store stops and mall outings. Volunteers typically dedicate one day a month from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., but volunteers are welcome to sign up for more. The drivers use city vehicles, and volunteers should be comfortable driving on the freeway and driving in inclement weather. The city especially needs drivers for its 14-passenger bus, according to the release. Drivers do not need a special license to drive the bus, but the …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The group meets every Monday to work on projects.
Every Monday, a group of women gather in the Brecksville Human Services Center to spend a few hours chatting and crafting. The Brecksville Handcrafters formed at the center a few years ago, said member Bonnie Owen. Before that, she said, there was a separate group for knitters and crocheters that met elsewhere. The Handcrafters group, on the other hand, welcomes all kinds of creative skills. On Monday, members were working on everything from baby afghans to origami cards to decorations for Valentine’s Day place cards. “Everybody’s working on something different,” said Karen Dedich. Each member brings their own project to the table, and they learn from each other. Sharron Taylor said she likes working with the group and seeing the different…
“What you get back is so much more than what you put into it,” Beverly Kan said.
Beverly Kan doesn’t think her volunteer work is anything special. If anything, she thinks she gets more out of working at the Human Services Center luncheon than she gives. “I think it helps keep me alive,” Kan said. Kan has been fighting cancer for more than 20 years. Her most recent bout of breast cancer started in 1998. She had originally been diagnosed in 1990, but this time it was worse. She had tumors that had spread to her liver, to her bones. She was given a year and a half to live. Thirteen years later, she’s still here, serving up beautiful desserts to the seniors every Thursday. She still gets treatment every Monday—she said she was one of the first people to ever receive Herceptin outside of a trial—and spends a lot of time …