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Sign-Up to Become a VITA Volunteer and Help People Complete Their Taxes!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Sign-Up to become a VITA Volunteer and help people complete their taxes!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)program provides free tax preparation by IRS Certified volunteers. Free tax preparation is the gateway to financial stability. Free tax preparation increases tax compliance by encouraging families to file their taxes on time and accurately. This helps lead to better banking, determining eligibility for and claiming public assistance, and receive financial education.

Burten, Bell, Carr will be offering free tax preparation  on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays.

No previous experience or education is needed to become a volunteer but volunteers must attend a Coalition led training session to become certified.

Sign up to become a volunteer today at www.

Have an idea for a neighborhood project? How does $5,000 sound?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The next Neighborhood Connections grant deadline is Friday, February 13th at 5 p.m.

Attend a Grantseeker Workshop to learn more about applying for a Neighborhood Connections grant. Neighborhood Connections hosts several workshop sessions for groups looking to apply for funding. We encourage you to attend the Grantseeker Workshop and a Budget Workshop. Grantseeker Workshops provide tips on completing your proposal and provide important insights into the decision making criteria. All applicants are encouraged to attend one of these sessions!

Workshops are scheduled for:
Monday, January 12th, 6pm to 8pm, the Art Palace, 7201 Kinsman, Suite 102
Wednesday, January 21st, 6pm to 8pm, Neighborhood Connections Office, 5000 Euclid Avenue, Suite 310 (the Agora)
Tuesday, February 3rd, 6pm to 8pm, Stockyard – Clark Fulton – Brooklyn.

Limited one on one assistance is also available by appointment by calling 216-229-4468 or emailing First come, first served!

For an application:
Pick one up at the Neighborhood Connections office:  5000 Euclid Avenue, Suite 310 (the Agora), or visit the Neighborhood Connections website for more information:




Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is Recruiting Now!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is proud to announce that it has begun it’s recruitment and selection period for NLDP Cohort VIII. This period will last from June 2nd to July 31st.

The vision of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is to foster the growth of a new vanguard of engaged neighborhood leaders in the City of Cleveland who are prepared and committed to creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout Cleveland and the region.

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a unique program designed to enhance the diverse leadership abilities of engaged neighborhood leaders who are committed to creating a city that works for everyone.

Join the over 120 NLDP graduates.  Graduates include Jerome Baker from Men of Central, Belinda Gator of We Have a Dream Kickball Team based in Central, Brenda Metzger of the E.  73rd St. Block Club in Central and Myra Simmons of the Marshall Avenue Safety Group in Kinsman.  Information about NLDP and applications may be obtained by going to their website at or by calling , 216-776-6167.

NLDP is sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

Apply for Central Promise Grant Program!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Central Promise Neighborhood Connections Grant Program

Grants to support youth and community

Central Promise Neighborhood Connections Grants are available for community groups in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood that seek to become involved in creating and developing positive opportunities for youth particularly as it relates to education, health, safety, and community stability.

Grants up to $3000 for neighborhood groups to support youth and build community in the Central Neighborhood.


Learn more about applying for a Central Promise Neighborhood Connections Grant at one of these workshops:

Grantseeker Workshop-
Tuesday, April 24th
3pm – 5pm
Sterling Branch Library
2200 E. 30th St.
Grantseeker Workshop –
Tuesday, May 1st
5pm – 6:45pm
Woodland Branch Library
5806 Woodland Ave
Grantseeker Workshop –
Thursday, May 10th
6pm – 8pm
Lonnie Burten Rec Center
2511 E. 46th St.
Extra Help Session
Saturday, May 12th
1pm – 4pm
Woodland Library
5806 Woodland

For more information call 216.615.7582 or visit

Proposal Deadline May 15th at 5pm!

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.

Nominate Someone for BBC’s Annual Living History Award

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Black History Live – Living History Award

Call for Nominations

Do you know of a resident of Cleveland’s Central, Garden Valley, or Kinsman-Union neighborhoods of any age who deserves recognition for their leadership and commitment to the community?  Help us honor this person by nominating them for the 2010 Living History Award presented by Burten, Bell, Carr, Development, Inc. and Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. 

The purpose of the Living History Award is to honor individuals currently making history in our community just as we celebrate those who made history in the past.  This award will be presented in front of over 300 youth to show them that history is being made in the present and in their community not just what they read in a history book.  Previous honorees include a broad range of history makers from Judge Jean Murrell Capers who was the first African American woman to be appointed to the City of Cleveland’s Law Department Prosecutor’s Office in 1946 to 16-year-old Earlaina Kemp who was the first high school student in Cleveland to win the national Scenarios USA Script and Story Writing Contest for her story, “MANchild” in 2008.


A Living History Honoree is someone who demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Lives in Ward 5;
  • Has made a significant contribution or historical achievement;
  • Individual of any age;
  • Someone youth can relate to and be inspired by.  

 Submission Criteria

Nominators are to submit a brief description and/or resume along with the contact information of the nominee.  The description should illustrate how the person meets the criteria listed above.   Nominations are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010 to: Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104 Cleveland, OH 44104 (postal mail), 216.341.2683 (fax), (email).  If you have any questions, please contact Sherita Mullins, Program Manager at 216.341.1455.


Started in 2006, Black History Live is an annual event hosted by Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. to present youth and their parents of the Central, Kinsman-Union, and Garden Valley neighborhoods with a cultural heritage performance and award presentation of a community leader to celebrate Black History. 

Youth in Governance 4-H Clubs in Cleveland’s Ward 5

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

BBC’s Kinsman and Central Youth in Governance 4-H Clubs are starting a new year of activities for youth ages 9-18. If you would like more information, volunteer, or sign up for this program, please contact Sherita Mullins at BBC’s office at 216.341.1455.

BBC’s Winter Newsletter is Hot Off the Press!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Click below to view newsletter.  Feedback is welcomed. 

The Community Connector: Winter 2010

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

Ward 5 Volunteer Project Featured on WKYC Channel 3

Friday, July 11th, 2008

This week, more than fifty volunteers from Circleville, Ohio came to Colfax Road to repair porches for eight residents of Colfax Road. Work was performed in conjunction with BBC’s Bridgeport Model Block program, and was completed at no charge to the homeowners. Lighthouse, Inc. (the Heaventrain), Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, BBC, and a core group of committed community members helped make the event possible.

Tom Beres of WKYC Channel 3 was moved by the work of the volunteers and filmed an excellent story that aired on the 6pm and 7pm newscasts on Tuesday, July 8. Click on the video below to watch the story.