Archive for March, 2010

2010 City Works Proposal

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The 2010 Cityworks Proposals are now available.  The City will host free workshops to help participants prepare the grant. The first workshop will be held at:

 Cudell Improvement, Inc.

9821 Lorain Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44102

 March 11, 2010.

The second workshop will be held at:

 Harvard Community Service Center

18240 Harvard Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44128

March 18, 2010


The workshops will begin at 7:00 p.m. Proposals will be distributed throughout the City, including at BBC’s office, and will also be available in the Division of Neighborhood Services.   You may also obtain the proposals on line, listed below are the website addresses:

The Mayor’s Website:

The Community Development Website:

then Click on:

2010 Cityworks Manual and Applications

Applicants will have approximately 30 days, until April,30, 2010, to submit their proposal to the Division of Neighborhood Services in Room 302 of City Hall. The proposal contains complete instructions on how to fill out the application. Should you have any questions, please contact Donna Harris, Program Manager for Cityworks at 216-664-4100

BBC can assist block clubs and street clubs in applying for grants in the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods.  For assistance, please call us at 216-341-1455.

The Summer Sprout Program

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Summer Sprout Program is currently accepting applications for new community gardens.  The program takes place within the City of Cleveland and is focused on nurturing community gardens to grow vegetables.  There are several Summer Sprout gardens in the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods, including E. 35th Street, E. 61st Street at Quincy Avenue, Colfax Road and Marshall Avenue.

 Summer Sprout may provide seeds, starter plants, soil, fertilizer, rototilling and educational resources to gardeners.  In order to apply one must:

  1. Be a resident of Cleveland
  2. Have legal permission to use property to garden in the City of Cleveland
  3. Have at least 5 garden members who are not all related
  4. Be willing to attend educational workshops and donate time back to the Summer Sprout Program

The deadline to submit all materials to the OSU Extension is March 19, 2010.  For more information please contact Jim Thompson, Summer Sprout Program Assistant OSU Cuyahoga County Extension at  216.429.8200 ext. 246.

Free Legal Advice

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010


FREE Legal Advice

Brief Advice & Referral Legal Cinic

Civil Matters Only (Not Criminal)

Saturday, March 6

9:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

West Side Catholic Center

3135 Lorain Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113

First-come, First-served

*Bring important papers with you!

*Questions? Call 216-687-1900; visit

*Attorneys are available for brief advice and referral only. Clinic attorneys do NOT represent you. If you need legal representation you may be referred to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland or another service provider. 



Ohio Consumer Protection Summit

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Ohio Consumer Protection Summit

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray invites you to attend the Ohio Consumer Protection Summit, a one-day event featuring keynote speakers Bob Sullivan, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Gotcha Capitalism” and his new book, “Stop Getting Ripped Off: Why Consumers Get Screwed and How You Can Always Get a Good Deal;” and David Vladeck, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Other panelists will discuss threats to consumers and what Ohioans can do to protect themselves from unfair and deceptive business practices, financial predators and sneaky fees.

March 4, 2010
8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
View the complete schedule.

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
50 N. Third St.
Columbus, OH 43215

The event is free, but space is limited.

Register at:

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
CLE or CEU credits are not available

Ohio Healthy Relationship Conference

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Ohio Healthy Relationship Conference
April 22 and 23, 2010
Hyatt on Capitol Square
Columbus, Ohio

The focus of this event is “Matters of the Heart”. The conference will bring together leading partners from across the state to share information that will strengthen organizations.  It will provide the opportunity to learn about Best Practices in relationship building and counseling  and  to share resources, knowledge, and skills.

Tracks include: Fatherhood, Marriage, Health Risk Education and At-Risk Youth/Parenting.  For more information, visit the website

National Consumer Protection Week is March 7-13

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
 National Consumer Protection Week is March 7-13

In 2008, Ohioans lost over $3.7 million to fraudulent businesses. Being a victim of identity theft can cost you up to $5,000 in out of pocket expenses.

Become a smart consumer.

  • Visit the National Consumer Protection Week 2010 webpage at which hosts interactive information for all ages
  • Train your community about Consumer Protection. Contact GOFBCI’s AmeriCorps* VISTAs to learn more about A Call to Action. 614-466-3398 or by email at