RJEC Hosts 5th Annual Collinwood Community Fair
Renee Jones Empowerment Center, a local non-profit working to eradicate human trafficking in Northeast Ohio, hosted the 5th annual Collinwood Community Resource and Empowerment Fair, Saturday August 15th.
Arriving, one could immediately perceive the buzz of a splendid and well-organized day of community, togetherness, and empowerment.
Located at the People’s Church of God in Christ at 900 East 152nd Street, participants had the opportunity to play a sort of community resource hopscotch in which each person received a sticker after successfully visiting each respective community organization, easily facilitating a quick but comprehensive summary of the resources available.
Additionally, there was a separate track for both adults and kids, with personal care items and school supply giveaways awarded to each upon successful completion of visiting each organization.
Partnering organizations included: Greater Collinwood Development Corporation; Church of the Holy Angels; SOAP Cleveland, Bellefaire JCB; Greater Cleveland Food Bank; The Gathering Place- Facing Cancer, Embracing Life; Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Erie Shores Ohio Chapter; People’s Church of God in Christ; Stella Maris, Inc.; GEMS Life Skills Academy, Cleveland Public Library- Collinwood Branch; Metro Health Cancer Center- Community Outreach; UPS; National Congress of Black Women- Greater Cleveland Chapter; Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates; Consult to Code, LLC; Proper Kreations; Collinwood Neighborhood Ministries; and Cleveland KIds.
A special note of gratitude to: Church of the Holy Angels for making lunches for all the guests and volunteers in addition to the enormous amount of school supplies, backpacks, games, and toys for the children; National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland for the abundant toiletry and cosmetic supplies; Children’s Museum of Cleveland for putting together 100 unique craft bags for the kids; and finally, to Cleveland Hope Exchange for the personal hygiene gift bags.
See you next year!