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There’s more to Global Hug Your Kids Day than just giving your kiddos a hug or two. If you want to celebrate today, here are some fun ideas to get you started.

He's a retired machinist, engineer, labor-union local officer, and corporate safety and health director. And he's a trained cook. Cogswell Hall is lucky to have volunteer Tom Sear helping out in the kitchen most Thursdays.

Setting goals is simple. We’ve all heard different phrases, acronyms and ways to properly set a goal for life. However, accomplishing goals can be a whole different task.

Do you want to make a difference and give back to your community this holiday week? Check out our list of volunteering ideas for you to try on the Fourth of July.

Fortunately, there are a few ways and practices to grow in your communication skills. Here are healthy habits you can try to become a strong communicator.

If you’re considering volunteering with a cause you care about in the community, consider the benefits you can receive. Here are the top eight benefits of volunteering.

Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.

If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to overcome loneliness in everyday life.

How can you continue to honor and respect the service men and women dedicated to protecting this nation? Here are six ways to show your support this Memorial Day.

Mentoring a child helps them to see unlimited possibilities for the future, learn something new and most importantly, realize that somebody cares about them.

Stephen Johnson, or "Junior" as he's known around the Hall, completed his 4 year work-study program at Cogswell Hall on May 17. Junior has been an essential member of the facilities management team and his presence will be missed by residents and staff alike. Stephen graduates from St. Martin de Porres High School on June 3 and will be enrolling at Cleveland State University in  the fall. We wish you all the best, Stephen! 

While it might seem simple to say talents can help others, actually identifying your talents and putting them to good use can be a little bit more difficult.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are plenty of gifts you can give your loved one on Mother’s Day that also give back to others in the community.

Teenagers are our future; by building them up and encouraging them—even if they’re not our own children—we can create a better future for generations to come.

We compiled a list of six of the greatest books to read about giving back. These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world.

Earth Day 2018 is the perfect opportunity to get involved with your community and take care of our Earth. Let’s talk about some ways to go green for Earth Day 2018.

If you want to live a more altruistic life, but aren’t sure where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to find a cause you care about.

When it comes to living an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to get involved this National Poetry Month. Today we dive into a few ideas to get started.

Can a simple IQ score really tell you what someone can do? Filmmaker Dan Habib says no. His new documentary about people with intellectual disabilities, Intelligent Lives, premieres April 10 at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Habib will give a free public talk at Cleveland's Cogswell Hall on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

Turns out, helping others can actually help you live longer. You heard that right: the key to a long and fruitful life might exist in what you give, not in what you get.

How can you enjoy the new sunshine of the season? Here are some ideas for how to live your best altruistic life and celebrate sunshine on the first day of spring.

From trainee to employee, Kevin Brown finds meaningful work at Cogswell Hall.

Paula Pratt, Cogswell Hall's new property manager, has seen some unforgiving evictions in the world of for-profit housing. It's different at Cogswell Hall, she says.

National Plant a Flower Day is the perfect start to the new season, so if you want to get involved, there are a few ways to join. Here’s how you can give back today.

Roundabouts, raised crosswalks, curb extensions and traffic diverters are among changes that could calm traffic on Franklin Boulevard, government officials told some 100 citizens at a public meeting March 6.

Today we dive into the history behind this month and how you can get involved, give back and build a better world by celebrating National Women’s History Month.

Don’t believe every myth you hear about poverty or every claim you hear that anti-poverty programs don’t work, Cogswell Hall Executive Director Diana Cyganovich told a local service club this week.

Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.

How can you honor Presidents’ Day in your everyday life and your family’s life? We have some ideas. Check out these six altruistic ways to celebrate Presidents’ Day.

Cogswell Hall welcomes new supportive services coordinator, Kelly Kostandaras.

Valentine’s Day can be more than just romantic love, but true, kind, caring love for your neighbors and those in need. How can you lead a more altruistic life this week?

Black History Month is a time to remember, celebrate and commemorate the achievements and contributions by African-American men and women throughout U.S. history.

Cogswell Hall Property Manager Stacey Hill, moving on to a new job, reflects on what makes Cogswell Hall unique.

It’s true: with a lack of Vitamin D and little time spent outdoors, the winter months can literally make you sad.

Cogswell Hall bids farewell to janitor, David Umanzor, as he moves on to a new position in downtown Cleveland.

Luckily, maintaining a habit is doable when set up for success. If you want to be start (and keep) a healthy new habit this year, check out these useful tips.

If you want to live a more altruistic life, how can you commemorate Dr. King and continue his legacy? Here are ideas to get started this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

With 2018 underway, how can you celebrate National Blood Donor Month? Check out a few ideas for how you can roll up a sleeve and give through January and the year.

A special logo, launched New Year's Day, helps Cogswell Hall communicate a key message: low-inome people need housing and help just as urgently now as they did in 1878.

New year’s resolutions are a great way to focus your year on things other than yourself—to focus on living a more altruistic lifestyle and giving back to others.

If you and your family wants to focus on giving back to others this Christmas, here are some ideas for how to start a more altruistic Christmas tradition.

We’ve compiled a list just for you on last minute gift ideas that give back. Try some of these out to celebrate the holidays more altruistically this year.

At Cogswell Hall on Cleveland's West Side, decorating the naming tree -- a yearly tradition since 2008 -- is one way for residents to cope with the mixed emotions the holidays bring.

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or along with other altruistic causes.

As we dive into the season of giving this month, let’s explore how the very action of giving can lead to a more altruistic life, improve our mood and even makes us happy.

With Thanksgiving behind us and the winter holidays coming up, how can you make others feel warm during the cold season? We have some ideas to get you started.

Gratitude is about more than taking a second to say “Thanks.” Gratitude shows true appreciation. This Thanksgiving, we have some ideas for how you can give gratitude.

Emil Pikula grew up in classic Cleveland neighborhoods: shooting off fireworks in Old Brooklyn, hanging with hippies on Coventry, and hitting the deck during drive-by shooting in Duck Island. But it wasn't really romantic. Lifelong struggles with chronic anxiety and other difficulties left him nearly homeless in his 50's. He found Cogswell Hall just in time.

How can you spread the cheer by giving back? We have five altruistic ideas for the holiday season that just might do the trick.

This month looks at the world through the eyes of a child, so today we look at how you can recognize National Child Safety and Protection Month, and keep the children in your life safe.

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