Making a Difference in Collinwood: Make a Difference Day Recap

Job Corps students make care packages at the shave and shampoo station 

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) along with Job Corps celebrated Make A Difference Day on October 26, 2018 at Five Pointe Community Center.  We partnered with VOA: Veteran Resource Center (775 E. 152nd St Cleveland, Oh 44110) which is a transitional housing and supportive service facility for homeless veterans. They have housing capacity for 54 homeless male veterans. The Five Pointe Community Center and students/staff from Job Corps collected donated toiletries and socks to make care packages for the homeless veterans. Our goal was to make 50 care packages and write support/thank you letter to the veterans.

We received a very generous from Dean Roff, founder of Homeless Hookup CLE. He made sure we met our goal with his donation of 54 soap, shampoo, shaving kits, toothbrushes, toothpastes, rain ponchos, and combs. His non-profit, the Homeless Hookup is an organization dedicated to helping the less fortunate affected by poverty and homelessness. They go out 1 to 2 times per week and hand out emergency packets filled with hygiene items and seasonal necessities.

With all the donated items we were able to surpass our goal and create 55 care packages. Staff from VOA: Veterans Resource Center came over and explained programs and services of the organization to students and staff of Job Corps. They picked up the donations and will distribute the care packages. This was a great opportunity to give back and show our support for veterans who protected our country.

“Wow, I really feel great to be able to help someone in need, however is sad there are still 20,000 homeless people living in Cuyahoga County”, said Job Corps student.

All items received from Homeless Hookup LLC are donated items from the organization. If you are interested in giving back, please go online to and purchase items on their wish list via Amazon.

If you have a service-based project and would like to partner with CNVDC/Five Pointe Community Center, please contact Kristian 216-268-2138.

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation

The Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation is a non-profit organization created to preserve, promote, and protect the quality of life in our communities. We serve as an economic pump and liaison between businesses, industry, and residents. We work closely with our councilmen, political leaders, and city departments including the Departments of Safety, Health, Community and Economic Development,and Building & Housing. The corporation is operated by a board of trustees representing area residents, churches, business, and industry. Our office is located in Collinwood Village, staffed by 2 full-time and 3 part-time individuals. The corporation is funded through the City of Cleveland, as well as private donations, and other grants.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.04.2018