Archive for October, 2008

Become a Fan of BBC on Facebook

Friday, October 31st, 2008

BBC tries to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest technology, so we’ve created a Facebook page to promote the organization and its work via social networking.

If you have a profile of your own, we encourage you to become a fan!

The Cleveland Weed and Seed Coalition2008 Family Empowerment Conference

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

On Saturday, November 1, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., The Cleveland Weed and Seed Coalition will host the 2008 Family Empowerment Conference at Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Saving our Families, By Any Means Necessary”. The focus of the conference is threefold: (1) Decreasing high school dropout rates, (2) Reducing juvenile violence through Intervention and Prevention programs, and (3) increasing family’s awareness to services and resources.

The Weed and Seed Initiative is a five-year strategy to “weed out crime and drug trafficking in Weed & Seed target neighborhoods, and then to “seed” that area with programs for youth, families, and seniors. By working with various local agencies that range from Federal, State, and local government entities, in addition to private business, organization and community groups, we are making a difference throughout the city of Cleveland and across the nation.

Radio host Basheer Jones of 1490 AM will be the featured speaker, other invited quest include: Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland City Council Members, Director and Assistant Director of the Community Capacity Development Office, and various other state and federal officials.

The conference begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration. Opening session begins at 10:00 a.m. From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., conference participants can attend various workshops focusing on conference topics; finally, a resource fair, with over 50 organizations from throughout the city will be offered where attendees can sign-up for various programs and services

Drawings for a chance to win Gas Cards, Gift Cards, Computers, along with various other prizes will be held at the end of the conference. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information contact: Orlando Grant at Cleveland Central Weed & Seed 216-341-1455, Diane Coats Mt. Pleasant Weed & Seed, .216-856-2679, or Brian Kazy, Detroit Shoreway Weed & Seed 216-407-5572.

Fall Community Connector Now Online

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The latest issue of The Community Connector, BBC’s quarterly newsletter, is now online. To download a copy, please click here.

Volunteer Opportunity: "Make A Difference Day" (October 25, 2008)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

We need your help!

Cleveland State University, City Year, and BBC are seeking volunteers to participate in “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Students, faculty, and staff of Cleveland State, City Year corps members, and many others will be concentrating on the beautification of East 33rd & 35th Streets between Central and Cedar Avenues. The Central neighborhood, one of Cleveland’s greatest comeback communities in recent years, has been selected as the focus area of the event.

We’re looking for volunteers to assist with the following projects:

– There is a large community garden at East 35th Street and Cedar Avenue that is maintained by five or six individuals. The bulk of production is donated to the Cleveland Foodbank to feed hungry families. However, neighborhood residents who participate in the maintenance of the garden are welcome to take fruits and vegetables for their families. They seek assistance in preparing the garden for winter, including removing and bagging plants from beds, pulling weeds from between beds, and mulching around trees and other key areas.

– There is also a need to beautify Rose Court, an alleyway that has been somewhat neglected. We would like help with weeding and other light landscaping to increase visibility and safety.

– Father Jim, a senior living on East 35th Street, is a Catholic priest that moved to Central more than twenty-five years ago to assist low-income persons and ended up permanently calling the neighborhood home. He constructed a private playground adjacent to his home that is open to kids from the neighborhood on an appointment-only basis. Father Jim seeks assistance with painting its playhouse, staining picnic tables, and possibly staining playground equipment. He also would like help in dismantling his garden from which he donates produce to neighborhood residents for the winter season.

– There is also an opportunity for the painting of a mural on the backside of the building on East 36th Street.

– We have about five low-income senior citizens who would benefit from having their porches painted and the sprucing up of their properties. Each has a unique story and reasoning for that need, whether it be disability or lack of family and friends to perform the work.

To RSVP, please reply to this posting or email

There’s still Time to Get Financially Fit!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

It’s not too late to sign up for our Financial Literacy Series. This class will help you learn to budget and save, understand your credit, and to understand the home buying process. Classes are free and are held at Tri-C Metro Campus on Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Bring the kids—babysitting is provided. We also provide dinner!


Classes start October 16, 2008. Call Sherita Mullins at Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. to register, (216) 341-1455.