Executive Director E-Newsletter
The West Side Catholic Center has always been a favorite service site for individual as well as groups of college students. We have hosted students from John Carroll University, University of Notre Dame, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University and Ursuline College to name a few. This past school year we had several students from Baldwin Wallace University volunteer at Moriah House, the Women and Children’s Shelter. The students came and did activities with the children such as games, art projects and tutoring.
The students were part of the Jacket Philanthropy program at BW which started in 2010 through a Pay It Forward grant sponsored by Ohio Campus Compact. The program focuses on three areas: children and youth programs; neighborhood development and revitalization; and hunger, homelessness, and health issues. Students take coursework in these areas and then provide relevant service at area agencies. Sixty-four students provided over 800 hours of service to 16 nonprofit organizations. In addition, $22,000 in grant funds were awarded to selected nonprofits. The program is student led in that all decisions about funding are made by students.
On April 29, Priscilla Franklin, Shelter Director and Rachel Acevedo , Youth Advocate attended a lovely program and ceremony where the WSCC was awarded $3,000. Both Priscilla and Rachel were touched by the award received from the students and the kind words they shared about their time at the Shelter. Our sincere thanks to BWU, especially the students and the Jacket Philanthropy Program.
Enjoy the holiday weekend!