Grassroots Success

This series, "Grassroots Success: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods," explores how meaningful impact on our communities grows from the ground up. Support for "Grassroots Success" is provided by Neighborhood Connections and NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approves 2023 grants for six organizations
The Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees yesterday voted to approve six Northeast Ohio arts organizations for 2023 grants funding, including four arts and culture groups—Assembly for the Arts, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Karamu House, and SPACES.
Shaping the future of the environmental impact of transportation: What’s the solution?
In its series about the environment, Global Shapers recently held a conversation with local thought leaders on the future of transportation and the environment.

St. Casimir Church, community make sure Willson School families have holiday dinners
The congregation at St. Casimir Church and community members in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood are raising funds to buy hams to pass out to Willson School students the day before Thanksgiving. 
Guiding light: Jan Ridgeway has spent years, her own money, on aiding CLE's most needy
For more than a dozen years, Jan Ridgeway has dedicated her time, and her own money, to Garden Valley Neighborhood House to feed and provide services to the residents living in one of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods. 
Charged up: Garden Valley Neighborhood House goes green with solar power
Garden Valley Neighborhood House last week celebrated a 40-panel rooftop solar array that will save the nonprofit, and largest food pantry in Northeast Ohio, $64,000 in electric bills over five years.
Talking trash: Meet Cleveland’s volunteer garbage man of the water
Since 2015 Eddie Olschansky has been cruising the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie in his kayak, collecting plastic and other waste that contaminates our natural waterways. After recruiting a group of volunteers, in 2019 he formed the nonprofit Trash Fish to keep the group cleaning effort going strong. 
Rally on the River: A photo essay of last week's Canalway Cuyahoga River Rally
Last week, Canalway celebrated a “river renewed” by looking at how far the Cuyahoga River has come, the river’s history, and the lifestyle enhancements clean water provides at Cuyahoga River Rally in the Flats. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all the fun.
Canalway’s Cuyahoga River Rally highlights river history with music, fun on the water
Canalway's Cuyahoga River Rally returns for its second year with river history tours, ways to get out on the river, and a celebration on the banks of the Cuyahoga. 
Clean Sweep: Volunteers remove 23 tons of trash from the Cuyahoga River Valley
Volunteers came out in force last weekend for Canalway's annual RiverSweep—picking up more than 23 tons of trash along the Cuyahoga River Valley.
Global Shapers’ Kwame Botchway named as a delegate at World Economic Forum
Kwame Botchway will represent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub later this month in Switzerland as a delegate to the 2022 World Economic Forum.
How the distributive leadership model gets more done for environmental justice
Black Environmental Leaders Association and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub have seemed to figure out a way to get more done with fewer people—approaching the work from a distributive leadership model—where everyone is a leader in the fight for environmental justice. Meet five of those leaders and their motivations behind the work they do.
Black Environmental Leaders and Global Shapers collaborate to fight environmental injustices
The Black Environmental Leaders Association (BEL) and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub, have partnered to advance environmental justice in some very intentional and unique ways.
Original grassroots: How Buckeye Woodland activists agitated for affordable utilities in the 1970s
More than 40 years ago, the Buckeye Woodland Community Congress shut down the East Ohio Gas building, crashed an energy company board meeting, and disrupted a fancy lunch to get the executives of major utility companies to reduce heating costs for seniors and more. What can we learn from this history of activism?
Lift Every Voice: St. Luke’s Foundation launches platform to measure impact, give residents power
The St. Luke's Foundation is giving residents in the Woodhill, Buckeye-Shaker, and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods a voice in grantmaking and neighborhood services with its Lift Every Voice platform.
House party: Local activists want your ideas for best ways to spend Federal stimulus funds
Cleveland is receiving more than half a billion dollars as part of a federal stimulus package to combat the economic impact of the pandemic. How should that money be spent? Advocacy groups are highlighting community needs through participatory budgeting, where residential input is collected to inform governments on spending.
On tour: Cleveland City Council president Kevin Kelley launches neighborhood listening sessions
Cleveland City Council president Kevin Kelley will start making the rounds in the city's wards, hosting virtual meetings to hear residents' concerns and needs.
Two organizations team up to collect school supplies for students in need
Seeing a need for school supplies in Cleveland communities, and following the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the founders of the Black Diamond Foundation and The Missing Link teamed up to organize a school supplies drive in honor of the holiday.
Newly minted Black Diamond Foundation aims to support the Black community, kicks off with PJs drive
Ariana Johnson wanted to find a way to support the Black community in Cleveland neighborhoods gets the mental and physical health resources they need. So she started the Black Diamond foundation and wasted no time in setting up a pajama drive with the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
Creating new light: Nueva Luz opens Gordon Square office to serve a diverse community
With new offices in Gordon Square, Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center is able to offer expanded services to address the root causes of systemic poverty and health inequities among a diverse community.
Inching up: University Settlement The Rising project edges closer to goal with latest donation
University Settlement's 5115 at The Rising project has already met nearly two-thirds of its $5 million goal toward building affordable housing in the Slavic Village neigborhood.