Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Ambassador Training

June 12th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Are you interested or know of someone interested in becoming a Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood (CCPN) Ambassador?? Cleveland Promise Neighborhood is now accepting recommendations and referrals!

As a Promise Ambassador, some responsibilities include:

  • Organizing and leading community outreach and engagement
  • Provide leadership and resident voice on committees
  • Serving as a primary connector the Promise initiative with the greater community

Now is the time to join for the upcoming training session for new ambassadors.  The training is designed to prepare and support ambassadors as leaders in the community, while creating an opportunity for them to partner with other leaders and organizations that are committed to the vision for the Promise neighborhood.


The training will be held at Friendly Inn Settlement House on Tuesday, June 17 from 12 noon – 2:30 p.m. To learn more and/or to reserve a seat, please contact Sandra Golden, Promise Associate Director at 216.431.7656, extension 168. Lunch will be served, so please respond by June 13 at the latest.

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Now Hiring!

June 10th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Looking for a job in the Central Neighborhood? Have your high school diploma or GED? Would you be interested in providing support to the staff and Director of Promise Neighborhood? If you have answered yes, then check out this job opportunity!  BBC is a member of the Promise Neighborhood Advisory Committee and we are pleased to share this information with interested residents.

SUMMARY:  Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood(CCPN)is a neighborhood-based initiative transforming the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland, closing gaps in achievement and creating cradle-to-career supports for all youth and families.The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland serves as the convener of this collaborative process consisting of multiple partners including residents, community service providers and large public systems.While several positions are staff positions of the Foundation, a community-based Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board provides strategic direction with substantive input and guidance for the entire project.

POSITION SUMMARY:The Promise Specialist works closely with the Promise Director, provides support for Promise staff, and manages the day-to-day operations/activities in a fast- paced office environment, and provides support and assistance with the activities of CCPN. The Promise Specialist highest priority is maintaining and managing the meeting and event schedule for the Promise Director and supporting the Promise staff and team. This person must have strong attention to details,well organized,and must have effective written and verbal communication skills.  Other responsibilities include:

  • Maintain Promise Director’s schedule and provide weekly updates and details (preparing and planning materials,provide location, parking, and directions, etc.) planning and committee meetings for the Promise Director.
  • Develop, maintain, and update an office-wide calendar of meetings,programs, and events.
  • Provide clerical support for Promise staff such as assisting with program/project development
  • Attend, record, and maintain advisory board and committee notes.
  • Maintain and update advisory board, committees, and sub-committees member list.
  • Maintain and update Promise staff directory(e.g. office and cell numbers,).
  • Strong writing, drafting, and editing skills.
  • Provide support for ETO data collection and management
  • Assist with and provide support for all CCPN community special events.
  • Assist with and co-develop committee meeting agendas. Make appropriate copies.
  • Provide and ensure all logistical arrangements for meetings and programs are made;
  • Maintain budgets for all special events, committee meetings, etc.
  • Make arrangements with caterers for food and beverages ;provide supplies and assist with set-up and tear-down of events
  • Develop operational procedures for using the phone system, copier, and other technological equipment.
  • General office support: phone, filing, typing, email, Microsoft Office knowledge, scheduling appointments, maintaining staff mailboxes
  • Maintain  and inventory all Promise materials and  supplies to ensure materials a well-stocked inventory.


REQUIREMENTSMust be a quick learner, takes initiative, and can be an independent worker. Also, must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced office. A vehicle is necessary as there are some off-site meetings.


ACCOUNTABILITY:The Promise Specialist will report to the Promise Director




  •  Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).
  •  2-3 years working in a highly professional and fast-paced environment.
  •  Ability to communicate and work with different stakeholders. Central experience is preferred.
  •  Capacity to work independently and with supervision.
  • Commitment to the goal  and vision of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Promise Neighborhood Initiative.



  •  College degree preferred
  • Information technology(IT) skills;
  • Ability to provide first line support for IT issues and act as a liaison between staff and IT assistance.

Residents of the Central Neighborhood with experience and strong leadership skills are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume by June 27, 2014 to Sandra Golden at

Please indicate the position Promise Specialist, Promise in the subject line of the email.




All inquiries will be kept confidential

It is the Foundation’s policy not to notify candidates if they are not selected until the final candidate is chosen.

Interviews will begin immediately!


Now Hiring! Help BBC with its work in Anton Grdina School

June 9th, 2014 by Joy Johnson

BBC is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve a one-year term assisting with the wrap-around school model at Anton Grdina k-8 School in the Kinsman neighborhood.

This person will work on expanding the Homework Help Program, as well as developing and supporting additional in-school and after-school programs and events that promote student academic achievement.

For more information on how to apply, click here:

Please spread the word!

BBC welcomes Jarrell Sullins

June 9th, 2014 by jsugalski

Jarrell Sullins is BBC’s Americorps VISTA Summer Associate. He joins BBC for ten weeks this summer.

Jarrell will focus on sustainability projects. While serving with BBC, he will help coordinate the planting of 250 street trees, sign residents up for stormwater diversion programs, implement climate action initiatives, and more.

He earned his Associate of Applied Science with a major in architectural technology from Erie Community College in 2011 and is currently a third-year architecture student at Kent State University. He has a wealth of community service experience and has served in leadership positions in college.

After earning his bachelor’s, he aspires to perform sustainable real estate development using the skills he is learning in school and at BBC.

Please welcome Jarrell!

Community meeting TONIGHT – Proposal for E 63rd & Woodland

May 29th, 2014 by jsugalski

Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland and BBC are hosting a community meeting tonight (Thursday 5/29 at 5:30pm) regarding a proposal for 6206 Woodland Avenue.  The establishment is known as The Woodland Supermarket.

The owner is proposing to expand the building, install a drive-through beverage service, and gas pumps.

The owner will be presenting the proposal this evening at the Stokes Social Service Mall community room, 6001 Woodland Avenue at 5:30pm. Residents and businesses, especially those nearby, are encouraged to come learn about the proposal, including how they may be impacted, and provide their feedback about the project.

For more information, please contact BBC at (216) 341-1455.  If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to provide your opinion, please either call us or email


$7,500 Home Repair Grants Available

May 28th, 2014 by jsugalski

(From our partner, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland)

$7,500 Home Repair Grants Available

NHS of Greater Cleveland is excited to announce our participation in the Neighborhood Impact Program, offering eligible area residents up to $7,500 in a home repair grant for qualified home improvements, including but not limited to;

• Repair/replacement of existing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or water heater
• Repair/replacement of existing well/septic system or underground property sewer system
• Energy conservation improvements – includes repair/replacement of windows, siding, roofing, gutters

All interested homeowners should be referred to NHS of Greater Cleveland for details regarding program applications, required documentation and specifics regarding program eligibility, including;

• Owner-occupants of single-family homes who have resided in-home 18 months prior to application
• Household income at or below 80% Area Median Income
• Existing mortgage, property taxes and homeowners insurance must be current.
• Other conditions and application requirements may apply.

Income limits are as follows:

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
$35,100 $40,100 $45,100 $50,100 $54,150 $58,150 $62,150 $66,150

Due to high demand, it is anticipated that these grants funds will be available through July 1, 2014.

For additional questions, or application instructions, please contact Christina Patterson, NHSGC Lending Administrator at 216-458-4663 ext. 2330 or by email at

BBC featured in Dominion Community Impact video

May 16th, 2014 by jsugalski

The Dominion Foundation has been a generous supporter of BBC.  We’ve been fortunate enough to be selected as a Community Impact Award winner several times over the last decade.

Dominion prepared a brief video featuring some of its Community Impact Award winners, one of which is BBC.

In you’re in a hurry, BBC is featured at the 1:33 mark.

Bridgeport Cafe is a Bike to Work Day Energizer Station

May 15th, 2014 by jsugalski

Bridgeport Cafe is participating in Bike to Work Day as an energizer station tomorrow (Friday 5/16).  Ride your bike to the cafe (7201 Kinsman Rd, Suite 103A) on your way to work and get free coffee and a pastry between 7 and 9am tomorrow morning.

Bike to Work Day typically happens the third Friday of May every year.

For more information, please visit Bike Cleveland’s website.

BBC’s Community Connector summer issue now available for download

May 15th, 2014 by jsugalski

The latest issue of “The Community Connector,” BBC’s quarterly newsletter, is now available for download.  Read it here.

For those of you looking for a paper copy, you should be receiving yours in the mail within the next couple weeks.  We’ll also have copies in our office.

We have issues of the newsletter dating all the way back to 2003 in our online archives here.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Kinsman neighborhood today!

May 14th, 2014 by Joy Johnson

Kinsman will host a VIP visitor this afternoon!.  Vice President Joe Biden will give a speech on the importance of investing in infrastructure for roads and bridges across the U.S.  He will be speaking at the RTA Central Rail Complex on Grand Avenue near E. 73rd St at 1:30 pm today.

Welcome to Kinsman, Vice President Biden!