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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.

Tutors help students young and old to better their education, improve their skills and gain more success in a field of their choice. Why should you consider becoming a tutor?

When a friend or family member gets sick, it’s difficult to see them lay in bed stifling their sniffles and running a fever. What can you do to make them feel better?

Housekeeper Amanda Nieves, an immigrant from Guatemala, retires after 21 years of keeping Cleveland's Cogswell Hall clean and beautiful.

Halloween can be even more meaningful this year by promoting an altruistic lifestyle and giving back to your community. Check out these 13 spooky Halloween fundraising ideas.

Focusing on positive thoughts can actually impact your overall health. How, you ask? Today we dive in and see how positive thoughts can make you healthier.

October happens to be Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. So, how can you celebrate this month and support another incredible cause? We have some cool canine concepts.

It can be difficult to decide how to give, what you can give or even where to give to. Today let's take a closer look at how to donate with a purpose to disaster relief.

Art galleries are a beneficial component of any neighborhood. Check out some of the ways art galleries are important and why you should visit them this fall.

Turns out, regular writing and keeping a journal actually has a lot of surprising mental and emotional health benefits. Today, we’re going to check them out.

What does Labor Day actually mean, and how can you use an altruistic lifestyle to get involved? Today, let's talk about the history of Labor Day and some ideas for you to join in.

Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 10 ideas to start.

How can you celebrate National Senior Citizens Day? We’re glad you asked. We have some ideas on how to honor senior citizens today, this week and for more times to come.

If you want to help make a difference and support children and families in need within your community, check out our list of school supplies you can donate.

For individuals and their families, the words “You need a new organ” are earth-shattering. Luckily, we can make a difference. Check out five reasons for you to become an organ donor.

This August, we celebrate National Water Quality Month. How can you have an impact on water quality? We’ve got some ideas for the role you play in making a difference.

Cleveland radio host and news columinst Mike McIntyre will be the master of ceremonies at a fundraising gala Saturday, Sept. 23, to house low-income adults with disabilities. "Coming Home," to be held at the historic Calfee Building downtown, benefits Cogswell Hall, providing housing and help for people in need since 1878. Click the heading above to read the full story, or go here for tickets and info: http://bit.ly/CogsComingHome

How can you live an altruistic lifestyle when negativity is on your mind? Today we've got the answers as we share six tips to help train your brain to be more positive.

There are lots of worthy nonprofits out there who need financial support, so how can you pick just one? Today, we're here to help you learn how to choose the right charity for donating.

Volunteering with elderly neighbors is an excellent way to get involved, support your community and find fulfillment. Check out these five benefits of volunteering with senior citizens.

We said goodbye today to Phoebe McIntosh, the face and voice of Cogswell Hall to many visitors and phone callers for the past year. Thanks to a placement by the AARP Foundation's Senior Community Service Employment Program, Phoebe has been our receptionist three days a week since 2016. Residents testified to the difference she made here in their farewells today.

If you want to celebrate this Independence Day with an altruistic twist, check out some of these ideas for how you can give back to your community near and far.

When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to other priorities. Luckily, today we thought of a couple ways to bring it back to the forefront of your life.

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.

How can we celebrate this day while remembering those among us in different situations? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.

While every individual is unique and has his or her own preferences, there are some general guidelines to follow when interacting comfortably and respectfully with people with disabilities.

A Sunday Plain Dealer columnist lifts up Cogswell's Diana Cyganovich and neighbors for their tree-protection activism.

Insurance expert Kelly Walter packed plenty of tips into a Saturday-morning informational presentation on Medicare in Cogswell Hall's Community Room on June 3. Here are 10 things we learned.

This Memorial Day, we remember and honor the men and women who have served our country’s armed forces—specifically those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

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