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LakewoodAlive Honors Volunteers at Annual Volunteer Breakfast

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LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven organization, held its annual volunteer appreciation breakfast on January 23, 2015 at the Women’s Pavilion in Lakewood Park. The event, attended by 50 volunteers, board members and staff, recognized the more than 750 volunteers that help the non-profit economic/community development organization fulfill its mission to strengthen the local economy and improve Lakewood’s quality of life. The dedication and passion of the organization’s volunteers was recognized by board president Bryan de Boer when he said, “You are what makes Lakewood a better place to live and call home.”

Several volunteers were honored at the event for their exemplary service to the organization and the community.

LakewoodAlive thanks both Jay Foran and Paula Reed for their service on the LakewoodAlive Alive Board of Directors as their terms have concluded. Jay was a founding member of LakewoodAlive and served as Community Engagement Chairman and Board Secretary. Paula, “Mrs. Lakewood,” served as the Downtown Lakewood Chairwoman and is the current vice president of the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, a program of LakewoodAlive.

Volunteer Champion Awards were given to the following individuals:

  • Mary Bond was the 2014 Light Up Lakewood Chair, an event that drew nearly 10,000 people
  • Cross Point Church volunteers Josiah Sutton & Reid Phifer assisted with five housing projects in 2014
  • Michael & Tina Dolatowski were volunteers for the Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival
  • Rob Donaldson has completed several significant LakewoodAlive Design Committee projects
  • Cindy Friedmann and her crew at Dependable Painting donated a full-house exterior paint job
  • Gordon Geiger served as Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival Chairman
  • Mosaic Leader Kevin Phipps and his volunteers completed a summer-long, full-house exterior paint job
  • Dana Paul provided construction management for the Housing Volunteer Committee
  • Chris Vance has recruited musicians and volunteers for the Front Porch Concert Series for four years

A special award is given out each year to a top LakewoodAlive volunteer for excellence in service. The Laskey Service Award was named for Tim Laskey, a founding member of LakewoodAlive. The 2014 Laskey Service Award recipient is Carl Orban. Carl has volunteered with LakewoodAlive since 2013 and has been an incredible champion of LakewoodAlive, the Housing Outreach Program and the Housing Outreach Volunteer Committee. Carl has helped elevate the program to new heights including project coordination during The Cleveland Orchestra Residency’s PORCHestra events. He and his wife have also volunteered for the Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival. Lakewood is lucky to have the Orban family here and the organization is humbled by all that Carl does.

Click here for pictures of the event.

Part-Time Community Engager – Apply Today

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LakewoodAlive created the Community Engagement Program that is able to focus on neighborhoods that are in need of a special focus. The Community Engager will be responsible for working with Lakewood residents in the Birdtown and Scenic Park neighborhoods as well as community partners to strengthen and engage residents in these neighborhoods to ultimately grow community pride and provide access to resources. READ MORE AND APPLE HERE.

LakewoodAlive Wins Crowdrise Challenge

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Wednesday evening, Enterprise announced that LakewoodAlive won the Crowdrise Challenge and was awarded an additional $10,000. This brings our total raised to just under $15,000 all thanks to you, our supporters. LakewoodAlive also received an additional $500 for raising the most amount of money in a 24 hour period; every little bit helps!

Thank you to all who supported LakewoodAlive through the Challenge. We had a fun time with our inner-office competition and Allison is looking forward to a clean and tidy office. We will definitely share those pictures with you after Ian is done cleaning her office.

The LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach Program has been working with residents across the community to help them with their home maintenance needs. This has been done through our contractor evaluations, housing educational series, one-on-one consultations, PaintLakewood program, volunteer outreach, etc. We’ve worked with homeowners to deal with their home repair needs which have generated significant economic improvements across the community.

LakewoodAlive is always looking for ways to better serve the community and will be rolling out a new program early in 2015. The Community Engagement Program is aimed at assisting those residents and neighborhoods who are most in-need of assistance. We will have a Community Engager working in the Birdtown and Scenic Park neighborhoods engaging residents, coordinating community events like financial literacy and home repair workshops, volunteer projects, community “pot-luck” style meals and resource fairs so that community members are able to re-engage with one and other as well as bring necessary programming into these neighborhoods to reinvigorate community pride.

Want to support this program? We welcome donations of $10, $100 or $1000. Donate online by clicking here or mail a check to:

LakewoodAlive
14701 Detroit Avenue, #LL10
Lakewood, OH 44107

Thanks to Enterprise Community Partners and their sponsor, Ohio Savings Bank, for being invited to participate in this program and for their financial support. Read the Enterprise press release here.

We encourage you to visit our website and Facebook page often for program updates.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 320,000 homes, invested $16 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.com or www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.

Building on Enterprise’s 30+ years of innovation and leadership, the Enterprise Community Innovation Awards recognize an organization creating new and lasting community development solutions in greater Cleveland.  It embodies the vision and values of Enterprise, sustainability and community engagement in development.

LakewoodAlive chosen to compete in CrowdRise Challenge, chance to win $10K

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We need your help! We have been chosen to compete in the Enterprise Nurture an Idea Award challenge and you can help us win! The organization that raises the most money will win $10,000, thanks to Ohio Savings Bank. We will also keep all of the money raised by our team on CrowdRise.
Our goal is $7,500 to help to support the Housing Outreach Program this year. The challenge begins on October 13th and runs until 11:59 PM on November 7th.

Here is how you can help:

1. Go to our fundraising page and make a donation:  Every donation, large or small, supports our organization’s work AND brings us closer to winning the challenge.
2. Fundraise with us! Set up your own online donation page by joining our team. Visit the link above and click “Fundraise for this Campaign” on the right. Follow the simple instructions to creating your own page. Then, share the link with all your friends, family and colleagues to ask them to donate to your page.
Thank you so much for your help and support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Cox Communications Partners with LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program

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On Sunday, August 24, a team of twenty Cox Communications employees came out to donate their time and talent to assist a homeowner and her family with painting their home on Ferndale Avenue. The homeowner who is a single parent of four children were unable to tackle the necessary home repair themselves reached out to LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program for help. The Cox team was able to tackle the entire house in a mere six hours! We are so thankful for their commitment to the community and our homeowners in need. Thank you, Cox Communications!

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