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We Gave Hope with Soap

If you don't think human trafficking happens in your zip code, think again. Human Trafficking is the 2nd leading crime in the world — including the U.S. The majority of trafficking occurs in hotels and motels. The only time some sexual slaves can be alone is in the bathroom.

For our April Unified Promise, we took action against human trafficking by packing and delivering soap with a number to call for help for victims being trafficked at hotels. Our 25 chapter members labeled 5,000 bars of soap and went out into our community delivering 2,000 to local hotels and motels. On average, at least one missing child is identified by hotel staff during each outreach. 

If you missed your chance to volunteer and would still like to support this cause, check out the website of the nonprofit we partnered with, S.O.A.P Cleveland, by clicking here

NCAA Players Weren't the Only Stars of the Night!

Most kids, whether they were the athletic type or not, have found memories of playing a neighborhood sport game at some point in their childhood. But the fact is, children with physical or mental disabilities face challenges joining a sport team, and communities with programs open to this population may be hard to come by.

For our March Unified Promise, nearly twenty of our Chapter members hosted a basketball game at Westlake High School for thirty children with special needs. We had music, a photo booth, cheering section with pom-poms, noise-makers, and posters, Cavs min-basketballs and Cavs swag generously donated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and pizza. We even had one member dress in the Elmo suit to cheer on the children!

Thanks to Empower Sports for partnering with us and thanks to our Chapter members for helping children with special needs develop social skills, self-esteem and physical well-being.

We Spread the Love on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just the mushy, romantic holiday so often depicted on TV and commercials. What is for some a chance to celebrate true love is, for others, a difficult time that can bring on feelings of loneliness and depression. For proof look no further than the number of phone calls suicide hotlines receive on February 14.

Our Chapter spread Valentine’s Day cheer throughout the community by delivering Valentine’s gifts at nursing homes, support groups like Survivors of Suicide, the local police or fire station, and hospitals. The day before Valentine’s Day we created and packed the Valentine’s gifts together at Magnificat High School.

Our goal was to create, package, and deliver 100 Valentine’s Day gifts and we ended up personally delivering 375!

 

Bringing cheer to worried families

In January, four because I said I would Cleveland volunteers brought food and cheer to worried families. Our volunteers went to the Animal Emergency Clinic and fed the waiting families, and the staff that sacrifice so much for our pets. 

Welcoming Refugees to America

On Saturday December 10th, 2016 the Cleveland Chapter of because I said I would threw a bowling party for refugees as our Unified Promise for the month. 

 

The party was a huge success with 40 volunteers and 100 refugees in attendance! In the day alone we accumulated over 200 volunteer hours, and a priceless experience for both parties. The event was filled with fun, bowling and getting to know our newest neighbors through friendship and community.

Click here to see more photos on Facebook.

Giving Thanks Where It's Deserved.

"The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." - John Southard

Saying thanks to someone, especially in writing, can be tricky. Sometimes the words just don't come out right. Appropriately thanking someone in written form takes practice, but when done well can mean the world to the recipient.

Because I said I would Cleveland's November meeting attendees were asked to write a thank you note to at least one person who had shown commitment to them or a cause important to them.   Our meeting allowed for time for our attendees to contact those impactful people to obtain an address, then hand-write a note of thanks on a because I said I would card.  Chapter leadership then offered stamps and hand-delivery services to the local Post Office.

Donation Sorting at MedWish International

Our Cleveland Chapter brought 28 volunteers to http://medwish.org to sort medical supplies for redistribution to people in need in underdeveloped countries around the world. It was a great day to help a great organization.

 

28 people x 3 hours = 84 man hours of work! Several pallets of Operating Room towels, masks and medical gloves were counted, sorted, organized and are ready to be shipping to countries in need.

 

See more photos from this event here.

 Goodwill Donation Drive Success!

At this month's chapter meeting members were encouraged to participate in our unified promise by bringing items to our monthly meeting! Members looked for items around their houses that they no longer used or needed.

All items collected were then donated to the local Goodwill to help those in need! A special thank you to everyone who donated items and made the event a great success! Check out the link below for more photos of the meeting.

 

 Cleveland Community Revitalization.

Volunteers primed "conversation station" benches for community gardeners that will be installed in up to 50 gardens throughout the City of Cleveland. Additionally, volunteers helped to beautify the New Tech East campus. This project aims to bring people of all backgrounds together to show unity and commonality through service.

See more pictures from this project here.

Cleveland Clean Up.

The average American creates 4.4 lbs. of trash every day. Sometimes we see it on the side of the road and say to ourselves "I wish someone would just pick that up." That someone is us! As a unified promise, our team went out and picked up street litter in a west-cleveland neighborhood for three hours. Over all we collected over 300 lbs of trash off the streets. This promise was covered by our local news stations and even reached "Most Viral" on Imgur because our Cleveland Chapter leader took the promise a bit further. Alex promised to pick up trash for 24 hours! He went from Saturday at 11am to 11am on Sunday only stopping to use the restroom, eat or relocate to a new spot with trash.

See the interesting story of his night here.

 National Bone Marrow Donor Registration.

Every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Our Cleveland chapter held a registration event for the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry at one of our monthly meetings. Members simply swabbed their cheeks and filled out the paperwork for this important lifesaving cause. This unified promises was inspired by Sam and Alex Kimura, two girls who sold their cars, bought a van and toured the country trying to save lives through this registry. See their story here: http://becauseisaidiwould.com/samandalex


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