TOGETHER WE MAKE CLEVELAND BETTER

BY: LISA HAMMOND

New Community launched Make Cleveland Better in 2015, after learning of some alarming statistics, such as the percentage of the city's poverty and homeless levels. This annual community outreach campaign provides service and support to Northeast Ohioans who are experiencing hardship and are in at-risk situations. Support includes, giving monetary gifts to organizations that address these needs and providing service through countless hours of volunteer work at food pantries, shelters and other non-profits that are understaffed or run primarily by volunteers. 


During this year's initiative volunteers spent time at the Malachi House, one of many non-profit organizations we partnered with to complete service projects. The Malachi House was built in 1980 and is the only home in Ohio that provides housing and care at no cost, to men and women with terminal illnesses that have no one to care for them, have dire financial needs and cannot provide for themselves. Even though the organization is Christian, they accept guests of all nationalities and religious preferences. They do not force anyone into Christianity, but as you travel around the facility it is clear that God is present. 


During the food drive portion of Make Cleveland Better, we donated thousands of canned and boxed foods to The Malachi House and in January our volunteers went back to sort and label items to make it easier to store and use. Walking around the facility, meeting some of the staff members and volunteers was a very humbling experience for our volunteers who also met guests that they knew would eventually die. One of our volunteers expressed, "it wasn't what I expected, but it was more than I hoped for." She also told us the reason she decided to volunteer at The Malachi House was so she could give back to those at the end of their life because they need care as well. She said, "it's important to meet the needs of those who provide the needs." Another one of our volunteers expressed that the time she spent volunteering was "rewarding".


This is what Making Cleveland Better looks like. This is what God has called us to do as Christians. We are here to touch lives and many of those lives are outside of the church. Together We Make Cleveland Better.

make cleveland better

Make Cleveland Better is annual generosity campaign sponsored by New Community Bible Fellowship. Our goal is to provide service and support to Northeast Ohioans who are experiencing hardship and are in at-risk situations. It is an opportunity for the entire church to reach beyond the walls of our church and fulfill Jesus’ charge to help those in need and to help those who are hurting (Matthew 25:37-40).


In 2017, our goals are to collect 6,000 pounds of personal care items and food, volunteer 1,500 hours of service time with our partners, and donate 100% of our Make Cleveland Better offering to selected partners throughout the Greater Cleveland area.

OUR PARTNERS

FAMILY CONNECTIONS

Family Connections' mission is to strengthen families with young children. Their vision is to improve tomorrow's quality of life in the community by ensuring today's children are raised to be happy, healthy and self-sufficient by providing early literacy, parent support and school readiness.


FOUNDER'S PATH

Founders Path is an organization that helps people to overcome alcoholism, drug addiction, and other forms of spiritual sickness. Over the years, Founders Path has assisted hundreds of recovering members in its spiritual retreats, and exposed many for the first time to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. 


GARDEN VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

The residents of Cleveland’s Garden Valley Neighborhood are some of the most socially and economically segregated in the city. Whether providing food to a grandmother who is raising her grandchildren, coaxing seniors to exercise weekly and reduce salt intake, offering free training in construction skills to help adults become more self reliant, or tutoring elementary school children to help guarantee academic success, Garden Valley Neighborhood House is meeting the needs of a community that many have associated only with violence and poverty.


MALACHI HOUSE

Malachi House, created out of a Christian sense of ministry, serves persons who are terminally ill, without regard to gender, race, religion or national origin and without cost to the resident or family. This Home ministers to individuals who need an available caregiver, who have limited or no financial resources and are in need of special home care in the final stages of life. Their trained staff and volunteers provide spiritual, emotional and physical support with the assistance of a hospice team.


SEEDS OF LITERACY

Seeds of Literacy is an innovative adult literacy program that provides free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED prep to adults in Cleveland. Literacy is an important social ill to address, especially in the city of Cleveland where 66% of Cleveland residents ages 16 and up, are functionally illiterate.


THE HUNGER NETWORK

The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger in our community by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families by actively participating in a coordinated response to people in need. 

  

THE LIGHTHOUSE, INC

The Lighthouse is a non-profit organization that focuses on building strong relationships with kids through coaching, mentoring and sponsoring events. Their goal is to revolutionize the world one relationship at a time. What started as a bus donation is now a movement, a lifestyle of raising up people to champion the cause of Christ. For over 30 years, the Lighthouse has dreamed with families, loved on children and has been welcomed as a part of the neighborhood fabric. Along the way they have witnessed the continued and miraculous provision of God.


YOUTH FOR CHRIST

Youth for Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.


YWCA OF GREATER CLEVELAND

YWCA of Greater Cleveland is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our core programs ultimately benefit the entire region of Northeast Ohio by bringing about needed change and improvement in the areas of racial equity and the advancement of women. With deep expertise and more than a century of experience, we are a respected resource and trusted authority on the issues of racial equity and the advancement of women.

MEN'S SHELTER OUTREACH | saturday, december 1

Last year New Community was able to provide meals for over 300 men during our annual Men’s Shelter Outreach. We are excited to conduct this year’s outreach on Saturday, December 1st at 2100 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland. If you are interested in serving, please contact Minister Adolphus Gaffney at 216-397-3392, ext. 23 or by email at adolphus.gaffney@newcommunitybible.org

 

We will also be hosting a volunteer meeting on Sunday, November 25th in the Lower Fellowship Hall following each service to review the roles and responsibilities for those who sign up to serve.