Executive Director E-News 6.19.15 - Weekend Backpack Program


Summer is in full swing at the WSCC. In addition to our regular volunteers we host many special volunteer groups especially youth groups. Yesterday St. Martin de Porres High School brought a group of students and today it was Magnificat. Both groups were part of an “urban immersion” experience. These groups of young people always add extra energy to the WSCC during the summer.

Today is the third Friday in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was created because school is out and children that receive a backpack full of food every Friday during the school year don’t have that resource during the summer. And it is an important resource. While many efforts are made to provide meals Monday through Friday at various sites, most notably libraries and recreation centers, during the summer there is no backpack program at these centers. Our effort is a drop in the bucket but it is an important one for the children in our neighborhood. We will serve between 75 and 100 children each week this summer.

Every Friday a volunteer group comes to cook and serve a picnic for these children and their families. The first week brought the law firm of Tucker Ellis and last Friday we had St. John Neumann from Strongsville. Today St. Angela Merici Youth Group will be here. The children received backpacks the first week and they return with them every week. While they are enjoying the picnic, volunteers refill the backpacks with oatmeal, cereal, milk, soup, peanut butter and jelly, ravioli, macaroni and cheese, pretzels and gummie bears. This is enough for 2 breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the weekend.  Several parents have privately told staff that the food we provide makes a real difference for their children over the weekend. My sincere thanks to Judy Kern, Director of Programs and Jeanette Mazzola, Youth Coordinator for leading these efforts. A special shout-out to Dave’s in Ohio City for providing the food at a very reasonable cost.

Please join us on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00pm in the Breen Center of Saint Ignatius High School for a celebration of this year’s Expressive Arts Project. Clients will present their artwork with some items available for sale. Creative writings will also be shared. It is a very special evening and always ends with refreshments! I invite you to check out the talents of the clients of the WSCC – you will be impressed. We are proud of the Expressive Arts Project (supported by the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Council) and the opportunities it provides clients to engage in art, yoga, creative writing, drumming, music performances, theater
field trips and gardening.

Don’t forget about the 2nd Annual Sips & Swigs on Saturday, July 25th. This is a beer enthusiast’s event meant to educate the public in beer appreciation and beer quality.  Sips & Swigs will be held at St. Ignatius High School’s Kyle Field from 3-7 PM. Food is being provided by Boca Loca Burrito.  Breweries include: Great Black Swamp, Great Lakes, Phoenix, Portside, Platform, Brew Kettle, Brick and Barrel, Lucky Star, Thirsty Dog, Rust Belt, Portsmouth Brewing, Nano Brew, Bar Cento, Market Garden and more.

This is a festive event put on by the Associate Board of the WSCC. This energetic, enthusiastic group of young professionals has taken the event to a new level for their second effort.  We look forward to seeing you there.

As always, thank you for reading, 

Upcoming at WSCC ::

June 24 – Wednesday, 8am – Mass – Bishop Roger Gries, OSB presiding

July 9 – Thursday, 6pm – Expressive Arts Show – The Breen Center

July 10 – Friday, 7:30am – Finance Committee

July 15 – Wednesday, 7:3am – Board of Directors

July 25– Second Annual Sips & Swigs –3-7pm, See www.wsccenter.org for more information