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Paying it forward is a way to spread goodness into the world. If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these ways to pay it forward.
Thanks to signs hung by vigilant neighbors, Cogswell Hall’s big sycamore trees should be extra-safe in the coming weeks.
Whether it's a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you, but positively influences you as well. Here's six ideas to get started.
Susan (not her real name) grew up in Lorain, Ohio, one of eight siblings. Her father, a machinist at BF Goodrich, belonged to the American Slovak club, where Susan enjoyed serving the weekly fish fry as a young girl. Her mother was an excellent cook and worked at home taking care of six boys and two girls. After high school, Susan received her associate’s degree from Lorain County Community College, where she majored in art and computer-assisted design.
This is the true story of a real resident. See more at the #PovertyTruths page at CogswellHall.org.
Homelessness is a significant issue which plagues our community and the world. With such a huge challenge, how can we as individuals make a difference?
Keep America Beautiful Month is about coming together to give back to our beautiful country. This month, you can try some of these activities to support your community.
Despite their age, children can have a powerful impact in the community, if only we encourage them to do so. Here are four reasons kids should start volunteering young.
If you’re looking for cool ways to donate your gently used items, check out this list of things you can and should donate, and some unique ideas of where to give them.
By going green, we create a better environment for ourselves and future generations. Check out these easy ways you can live an altruistic—and green—lifestyle.
Electricity is back on at Cogswell Hall after a March 8 windstorm that affected more than 60,000 power customers. With computers and phones down, Cogswell's business offices were closed from Wednesday afternoon until power came back on Thursday, March 9. If you tried to reach someone on the staff during that period, please try again now. Follow the prompts at 216-961-1568 to leave a voice message. Or send an email, which staff members can retrieve whether working at home or returning to the office today. A directory is here: http://cogswellhall.org/who-we-are/staff.html.
This Women’s History Month, get involved by showing support for the women in your community. Check out these ways you can remember powerful women from history, while advocating for women today.
If you’re a college student looking for something more satisfying to do with your time, consider an alternative spring break: volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of others.
When employers are looking for someone unique, make your resume jump out by adding volunteer experience. How can volunteering boost your job search? We’re going to find out.
Sitting in Cogswell Hall’s “Smokers’ Circle” does not earn you CogsMart points, but there is no denying the cultural importance of this space to a small group of residents. Recently, a healthier idea was born in that semi-circle of chairs and benches in the northwest corner of our tiny campus, next to the butterfly bush and memorial garden.
Cogswell Hall's Diana Cyganovich appears on the "America's Work Force Radio" program Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at 4 p.m. Cogswell's leaders want to show Dr. Ben Carson -- President Trump's designee for HUD Secretary -- why federal support for affordable housing is a good thing. They have invited Dr. Carson to visit Cleveland once he is confirmed.
Whether you’re single, dating or married, you can give the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.
You may know James Brown’s 1968 hit, Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud. Cogswell Hall’s Linda Gaffney has her own version of that phrase, delivered with a smile and a shake of her cane: “Say it loud, I’m crazy and proud!” It’s a good parallel. Brown was the “hardest working man in show business.” Linda’s hard-working life, much of it in law enforcement, has left her with plenty of stories to tell.
Give yourself and your loved ones the greatest gift this American Heart Month by focusing on making heart-healthy decisions towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Our words are powerful, and should be treated with respect. So how do our words impact others, and how can we choose them wisely? Today, we’re going to find out.
We practice Housing First because we know it works. As noted in last year's #EACHSTORY series (pictured at right), people come to us from many backgrounds and many challenges. People do not have to be clean and sober or stable in mental health when they arrive at Cogswell Hall. We know that when people are permanently housed in a quality affordable place they are more likely to be able to address issues of mental and physical health as well as addiction.
"Private sources alone will not be able to replicate programs that make a huge difference to our residents … For vulnerable people, stable homes are possible because government programs are in the funding mix." -- Cogswell Hall leaders to HUD Secretary-Designee Ben Carson
How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.
If you’re not sure if donating blood is the right decision for you, check out all the answers to your questions here, and help give life this January.
Cogswell Hall, like many housing agencies, enjoys having residents of multiple races and cultures. We can thank activists like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for this. They proclaimed an interracial vision. And they didn't stop there.
Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. So how can we stand up to them and choose joy instead?
Positivity is key to creating an altruistic lifestyle in the New Year. If you want to start 2017 off on a high note, check out these tips for living a positive life this year.
While the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may be a little strange by today's standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community.
Turns out, giving gifts is not only fun, but it’s good for you too! That’s right, giving benefits more than your soul; it’s good for your body.
If you’re tired of all the stuff this holiday season, fear not. Gifts can be more than material items. Check out these gifts to give that are about more than just stuff.
No matter what holidays you choose to celebrate this time of year, one thing is undeniable: it's the best time of the year to spread some cheer.
When we practice mindfulness, we train our brain to refocus on current surroundings, leaving us in a more peaceful and relaxed state. If you want to practice mindfulness, check out these easy steps.
What’s the best way to show thankfulness? By giving back to others less fortunate. This Thanksgiving, remember the reason for the season by showing thanks through giving.
How do we pay attention to current events while still living positively? Well, today we're going to find out. Check out these tips for how to positively live a positive lifestyle.
Gratefulness is not something which comes naturally; it needs practice. If you want to live an altruistic life and practice thankfulness this month, check out these easy steps you can take.
If you’re interested in living a more altruistic lifestyle and helping those in need this Halloween, check out these five spooky ways you can give back.
Here are a few reasons to celebrate this momentous anniversary of United Nations Day, and how you can use it to promote altruism within your own life.
Make October about more than just pumpkin spice lattes and costumes. Check out some of these ideas on how you can give back this month.
Values and beliefs instilled now flourish into actions later. What can you do to instill philanthropic values in your children? To get you started, here are six ways to teach your child about giving.
Dogs are the best, and this month you can celebrate them even more, because October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
If you’re interested in living an altruistic lifestyle while still watching your wallet, check out this list of unique things you can donate besides money.
How can you make a difference in the world? By reducing your carbon footprint. Check out these easy ways you can lessen your environmental impact and help save the earth.
A mentorship program has more benefits in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether it's right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.
Altruism stretches out, encompassing ourselves, others and nature itself. So how can we put this sense of altruism into real-life? By practicing its values with animal creatures around us.
While quotes might not directly stimulate our own lives, they play a significant role in encouraging a positive lifestyle. So go ahead, discover inspiration.
You can still be involved with your dearest philanthropic cause without having to get up from the couch. Interested? Check out these easy ways to donate without having to leave your house.
The usual “Thank you,” is a wonderful way to show how much you appreciate others, but sometimes it can be fun to be a little more imaginative.
Back-to-school season can be exciting, challenging and—with kids—frustrating. You can take advantage of this time to grow and live a positive lifestyle by getting involved in local schools’ philanthropy.
The month of August happens to be National Admit You're Happy Month. There are lots of things to be happy about in life, and August is a chance to appreciate all of them.
How can you live a brain-healthy lifestyle? By taking steps to work out your noggin! Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.