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BBC’s VITA Program a Major Success in 1st Year

Monday, April 20th, 2015

BBC established Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites in Central and Kinsman in 2015.

The idea is simple. Low- and moderate-income families can have their federal income taxes prepared free of charge by a trained volunteer.  As a result, families are able to avoid paying costly tax preparation and filing fees as well as refund anticipation loans. Families ultimately keep more of their refund.

BBC’s VITA sites were located at Cornucopia Place, 7201 Kinsman Road in Kinsman and Central Promise Neighborhood Learning Lab, 2617 Central Avenue in Central.

737 Returns were filed at BBC’s VITA sites under the leadership of site coordinator Omelia Thornton. Families having taxes prepared at BBC’s VITA sites received $928,060 in refunds!

We’d like to thank Enterprise Community Partners, PNC Bank, Third Federal Savings and Loan, Citizen’s Bank, and Sisters of Charity for financially supporting our successful first year of the VITA program.

Looking for summer activities to do with your children?

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

promsie summer engagement project

Do you know when to see your healthcare provider?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

when to see your healthcare provider

Tri-C Construction Career Expo!

Monday, April 13th, 2015


Would you like to mentor a student throughout their college career?

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

When you went to college, it’s more than likely that you had some questions and faced roadblocks along the way. Wouldn’t it be great to take the knowledge you gained and share it with a college student today to help them on their journey?

College Now’s Mentoring Program is seeking 150+ mentors to be matched with scholarship recipients who will be graduating from high school this spring. Mentors will remain with their mentee throughout their college career, advising them every step of the way. The time commitment, though, is not nearly as demanding as it sounds.

The Mentoring Program is a commitment that takes into account the lives of both mentors and mentees. Mentors and their mentees are required to communicate twice a month through an innovative online platform that enables quick and easy communication and fits easily into already-busy schedules, and face-to-face meetings, which are coordinated by College Now, occur a few times a year.

When you become a mentor, you will join a network comprised of 750 individuals from more than 250 local employers, hone your own leadership skills, and become even more engaged in your community. Most importantly, though, you will be making a difference in the personal and academic life of a young college student. For more information or to become a mentor, please visit or contact Mentoring Program Manager, Madeline Rife, at or 216-635-0163.

Have you had your taxes prepared yet?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

vita final week

Now Hiring!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Ready to go back to school? Apply for an adult learner scholarship!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Have you or someone you know always wanted to go back to school to earn your degree, but never knew how? Is going back to college a daunting idea – not to mention, expensive? Luckily, College Now can help with every aspect of your educational journey.


Through April 24, College Now is accepting applications for our Adult Learner Scholarship, which is open to adults ages 19 and older who have either never begun the degree process or have had their education interrupted for one year or more. The scholarship is open from residents in 11 counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull. For more information or to apply for the Adult Learner Scholarship, follow this link:


If accepted, applicants can use the scholarship beginning in Fall 2015, and it is renewable for up to five years (10 semesters).


College Now is aware that money isn’t the only concern facing adult learners. Even after you apply for a scholarship, there are still unanswered questions! A quick visit to the Resource Center, located on Level 3 of Tower City, can help keep those worries at bay. College Now staff at the Resource Center can help students fill out applications, find more avenues for financial aid, and even help students identify which postsecondary programs are their best fit. Hear what some of the Resource Center clients have to say about the services:


BBC Office Closed April 3rd

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Our office will be closed Friday, April 3rd for the Easter weekend. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, April 6th.

CIFF Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

Monday, March 30th, 2015

BBC is a neighborhood outreach to the Cleveland International Film Festival.  We’re thankful for the opportunity and very happy to see the event grow year after year.

Our staff members have seen films this year and thoroughly enjoyed them.  If you haven’t attended yet, consider doing so next year.  You will not regret it!



The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), presented by Dollar Bank, hosted record-breaking crowds during the 12-day event held in Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland and at eleven other neighborhood locations. The CIFF welcomed 100,204 attendees to its 500+ screenings and, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, raised $138,427 in Challenge Match (annual campaign) donations.

The Festival showcased 196 feature films and 234 short subjects from 60 countries. FilmSlam (the CIFF’s high school and middle school mini-Festival) was attended by a record-breaking 8,800 engaged and enthusiastic students from 97 schools. More than 1,000 volunteers donated their time and talents to help pave the way for the success of the CIFF39, contributing over 11,000 hours of their invaluable time. And without the generous support of our 151 sponsors and funders, 178 non-profit community partners, and 80 media and neighborhood outreach partners, the CIFF39 would not have been possible.

The CIFF hosted approximately 300 filmmakers from around the world who shared their films and offered both local and global perspectives on a vast array of topics. The winners of the competitions and awards were announced at the Closing Night ceremony on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award For Best Film
Sponsored by the Callahan Foundation
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, directed by Michael Barnett (USA)
$10,000 cash prize

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Presented with generous support from The George Gund Foundation
THE FOOL, Directed by Yury Byko (Russia)
$10,000 cash prize

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition
Sponsored by Nesnadny + Schwartz
STRAY DOG, Directed by Debra Granik (USA, Mexico)
$7,500 cash prize

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Presented with generous support from The George Gund Foundation
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, Directed by Thomas G. Miller (USA)
$5,000 cash prize
American Independents Competition
Presented with the generous support of Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller
THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI, Directed by Kerem Sanga (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

Local Heroes Competition
Presented with the generous support of Mike and Nicki Cancelliere
FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Directed by Nick Cavalier (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

Global Health Competition
Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, directed by Michael Barnett (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

Music Movies Competition
Presented with the generous support of Jules and Fran Belkin
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, Directed by Martin Shore (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Presented with the generous support of Deborah Bachman Ratner
Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli (for FRAME BY FRAME; Afghanistan)
$10,000 cash prize

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature Film
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, Directed by Michael Barnett (USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

Audience Choice Award for Best Short Subject
TILL THEN, Directed by Benjamin Wolff (Germany, USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

Best Animated Short Award*
Sponsored by Reminger Co., L.P.A
BEAR STORY, Directed by Pato Escala (Chile)
$1,000 cash prize

Best Live Action Short Award*
Sponsored by Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris
TILL THEN, Directed by Benjamin Wolff (Germany, USA)
$1,000 cash prize

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short Film
SUPER PIMP, Directed by John Jivan, Dustin Lee, Terry Geer, Ledion Isufaj, and Eric Schilling (USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

*These award winners will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®.

For a full list of short subject film award winners, please visit

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.