Archive for August, 2011

Start Composting!Central and Kinsman residents can earn a free bin

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Start Composting!

Central and Kinsman residents can earn a free bin!* 

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. has a limited number of compost bins for distribution due to a generous grant given by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District,

*Any resident interested in receiving a bin (FREE OF CHARGE) from Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. is required to attend a Compost Seminar and Bin Sale session done through the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.  Two types of composting bins are available.  For background information, view  Call Joy D. Johnson at Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc at 216-341-1455 to request a bin.

What is compost?

Compost consists of organic materials derived from plants and some animal material that has been decomposed. The process of composting is simple and is practiced by individuals in their homes, and by industries and cities through contracts with composting businesses. 

Rich in nutrients, compost is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil.   This is a great way to decrease food scraps and yard waste from being put in landfills and improve soils around your home and gardens.

Steps to receive free compost bin:

  1. 1.   Contact your local Community Development Corporation (Information provided above).
  2. 2.   Register and attend a Compost Seminar and Bin Sale Session (At the end of the session you will have to sign off saying you have completed it).
  3. 3.   If you have a compost bin preference after completing the seminar (2 types are offered), inform your CDC contact person so they can order it for you from the CCSWD.
  4. 4.   Arrange to pick up the bins from your local CDC.
  5. 5.   Attend the Composting Clinic:


Saturday, September 10, 2011
City of Cleveland Division of Waste Collection
5600 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103
To register call 216-664-3717 or visit

BBC seeks Americorps VISTA to serve with us

Friday, August 26th, 2011

BBC is seeking a bright, enthusiastic, committed individual to serve as our Americorps VISTA Community Engagement Specialist for one year beginning in November 2011.

Americorps VISTA Community Engagement Specialist


The Community Engagement Specialist will effectively assist in facilitating the revitalization of Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods by developing human capital, improving the living conditions and overall quality of life of its residents, and attracting new resources to the community.


1.  Work with neighborhood leaders and community members to create and strengthen block clubs and civic groups and provide support in their planning of neighborhood improvement projects and events.

2.  Assist residents with critical health and safety home repairs and improvements through the administration of programs, services, and resources made available by the agency, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and other partners.

3.  Assist in the identification of grant opportunities and completion and submission of corresponding applications.


Applicant must have satisfactory computer skills including Microsoft Office, verbal and written communication skills, and ability to interact effectively with the public, particularly low-income, minority, and/or aging populations.

VISTA Volunteers are provided modest living stipends, health care support, housing assistance, food assistance and the option for a year-end scholarship or cash bonus.

Please submit your resume to by Friday, September 9 at 4pm.  No phone calls, please.  Thank you!

A Community Conversation

Monday, August 8th, 2011

A Community Conversation:  The State Budget and You
Find out what you need to know about important changes to local services, including:
 Childcare
 Local Government Services
 Mental Health
 Education
 Disability Programs
August 11th, 6:30 PM
Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

For more information, see or contact:
Randy Wilson
East Side Organizer
216.771.5077 x 137 or
Michael Cook
West Side Organizer
216.771.5077 x 136 or
Brian Larson
Northern Ohio Organizer

216.771.5077 x 135 or
Advocates for Budget Legislation Equality