This Week at CSC

Keeping you “In the Know…” 1/5/18

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Save These Dates:

  • Save the dates for these 2018 events:
    -Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees: Thursday, May 3rd at Corporate College
    -White Cane Walk: Saturday, June 2nd at Cleveland Sight Center
    -Golf Classic: Monday, July 23rd at Westfield Group Country Club


Engaging the Community and Strengthening Partnerships:

  • Tom Sawyer and Alicia Howerton and the CSC Road Show visited with the following this week to discuss programs and services: the Community Services department at the city of Independence, Vista Springs (Parma), Park Creek Center (Parma Hts.), Athenian Assisted Living (North Royalton), Grecian Garden Apartments (North Royalton), Altenheim Shurmer Place (Strongsville) and Holiday Retirement (also known as Pearl Crossing in Strongsville). Tom and Alicia presented at the Parma Hts. Senior Center on Wednesday afternoon, speaking to a group of 60 people.
  • Desmond Kennedy visited with the offices of disabilities and employment at Baldwin Wallace University this week and also met with the staff of Dr. Rob Engel’s office at Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg.
  • Lisa Cellura, Cathy Javorsky and Avenue presented the “What to Do When You Meet a Person Who is Blind” program to 60 students and teachers at St. Christopher School in Rocky River on Wednesday.


What’s Happening at CSC:

  • The CYAS department hosted their third BLAST event at CSC on Saturday, January 6th. Five clients and their parents participated in the two-hour event themed “Snow Excited for 2018!” Tweens and their parents participated in winter related ice-breakers, relay games and “Minute-to- Win- It” type games. Inspired by an article in Future Reflections, where the president of the National Federation of the Blind talked with children with visual impairments, the BLAST tweens discussed the meaning of the word “potential” and shared ways that they could build or grow their own potential. Clients and their parents were encouraged to continue to have ongoing discussions about “potential” throughout the New Year. Games were followed by a delicious lunch of subs, chicken & rice soup, and a hot cocoa bar! The event ended with some group photos and families received a 2017 reflection activity to take home. Mark your calendars for the next event scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at the toboggan chutes located in the Mill Stream Run Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks in Strongsville. Contact Kristen Callahan (216-791-8118) for more information.
  • The next Job Club meeting will be on Thursday, January 18th at CSC from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kimberly Moss, Talent Manager from the Human Resources Division of Cuyahoga County Public Library will discuss employment opportunities with the library, the hiring process and what makes a good candidate stand out from the rest. Don’t forget to bring copies of your resume and dress professionally. Contact Nicole Kahn (216-791-8118) for more information on this great networking opportunity.
  • CSC is recruiting young professionals to start a networking group that will focus on volunteering for opportunities offered by CSC, be ambassadors of the agency to raise awareness in the community and to assist in fundraising for CSC special events. The first event will be held Thursday, January 25th at CSC from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be a great evening of conversation, fun and discovery as input is gathered in further developing this group. Refreshments and free parking will be available! For more information, contact Jessica Polack (x4565). 
  • Winter Weekend at Highbrook Lodge takes place the weekend of February 23rd – 25th. Campers will arrive to Highbrook Lodge at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening and depart at noon on Sunday. Cost of the weekend is $65/camper. Transportation to/from CSC is provided for an additional $15/camper. To register please call the Camp Department (216-791-8118).
  • Volunteers are reminded to record their volunteer hours using the online Volgistics portal found here. When volunteers record their hours using the Volgistics portal your department can:

-Capture the impact volunteers make on clients and programs.
-Illustrate the difference volunteers make when applying for grants or pursuing funding.
-Reflect volunteer impact back to volunteers to thank them for their work and encourage them to continue making a difference.
-Use reports to attract new volunteer talent.

Volunteer hours should be recorded from October 2016 - present day. Volunteers who need assistance learning to record can sign up for assistance here or can contact CSC Volunteer Services at 216-658-4581 or Please have hours recorded by January 26th, 2018.


Items of Note:

  • Cleveland Sight Center will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • CSC’s Employment team partners with the Employment Collaborative of Cuyahoga County (ECCC) on hiring events throughout the year. The ECCC is offering the opportunity to purchase discounted Cleveland Cavaliers tickets to the February 27th game against the Brooklyn Nets. Ticket prices are $28 (Upper Bowl Corners), $40 (Upper Bowl Middle) and $69 (Lower Bowl Corners). A portion of the proceeds go to support ECCC hiring events. To purchase tickets, click here.


Did You Know?

  • The smallest bone in your body is in your ear. It’s called the stirrup or stapes bone and it is about as big as a grain of rice.