Executive Director Newsletter - 8-15-14 - Community Volunteers

The past few weeks have seen a whirlwind of volunteers at the West Side Catholic Center. In addition to our regular volunteers we have had several groups in to lend a hand.

First our sincere thanks to Neubert Painting. The WSCC was chosen as one of the recipients of their 6th Annual Charity Paint Project. On Wednesday, August 6, 60 painters from Neubert descended on W.32nd and Lorain to paint Moriah House – the Women and Children’s Shelter. Ladders went up, paint was scrapped and new paint applied – all in ONE day! It was a beautiful sight to see. These talented painters added some additional color detail to the building façade to complement the neighborhood. We are so grateful to John Neubert, Don Milewski, Operations Manager and the painters who gave up a day of their wages to give back to the WSCC. Thanks to Sherwin Williams for donating the paint. We will have pictures posted on our website very soon. I smile every time I see Moriah House looking so awesome!

Girl Scout Troop 921 from St. Albert the Great School in North Royalton stopped in on July 29 with several boxes of “upcycled” school supplies. At the end of the 2013 school year the girls put boxes in the classrooms to collect all the unused notebooks, pens, notebooks, etc. They spent many summer afternoons sorting, cleaning and testing these items to ensure they were “just like new.” They were able to fill 30 backpacks that morning which have all since been distributed. Keep up the good work ladies!

On Tuesday we hosted several volunteers from Sherwin Williams Automotive Group located in Warrensville Heights. The morning group cleaned and repainted the Zacchaeus Building parking lot. The afternoon group baked over 1000 cookies to be used for lunches during the week. We appreciate these efforts as these are tasks we just don’t have the time to do.

We also hosted four groups of students from the St. Dominics Project Serve camp. Each day a group of students came for a tour, a service project, lunch and then a wonderful talk with our Ken “Dogman” Davis. Monday’s group filled 200 backpacks with school supplies for homeless students in the district.

This morning several folks from the law firm of O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora served a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, hash browns and sausage to our clients. It was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all of our volunteers.

I gave many tours these past weeks and I am always proud when people say “I didn’t realize so much goes on at the WSCC.” It is true. We do so much here and will continue to do whatever we are called to do with your continued support. Please keep the clients, staff and volunteers of the WSCC in your prayers.

This week we also welcomed Chau Nguyen, our 2013-2014 Jesuit Volunteer. Chau comes to us from southern California and is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a B.A in Art. Chau will be leading our Expressive Arts Project and assisting in the Employment Clinics as well as volunteer programs. Rumor has it she has not seen experienced snow. We’ve told her not to worry as Cleveland doesn’t get much of that white stuff during the winter!