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Development and Marketing Manager Hans Holznagel says farewell to Cogswell Hall.
So, do you want to embrace social networking to have a positive influence on the world? Here are some ideas for how to use social media to make a difference.
With more than 440,000 youth in foster care, there are plenty of ways to make a difference during this month. Here are ideas for how to support National Foster Care Month.
Cogswell Hall Executive Director Diana Cyganovich will retire June 30 after nearly four decades of advocating with and for low-income adults, domestic-violence victims, young people and families.
You want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start without money. Fortunately, we have ideas to help you donate to charity without breaking the bank.
Cogswell Hall is one of five candidates in May balloting for this summer's Bags for Change donation program at Lucky's Market, Cleveland, Ohio.
Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.
In 2009, some people feared admitting men to Cogswell Hall would cause trouble. Only women and girls had lived there since 1914. Ten years later, it's all working out -- both the presence of men and the expansion and renovation that led to it.
The arts still play a vital role in much of our society. In fact, without the arts, much of our history, expression and culture would be virtually nonexistent.
Planning – and, frankly, planning for the worst – is a key to aging in your own home. That was one message of a talk by Greater Cleveland’s lead advocate for people who receive long-term health care. Nate Cyrill of the five-county Long Term Care Ombudsman program spoke Saturday, April 13, at Cogswell Hall on Cleveland's West Side.
For seniors, volunteering is the perfect chance to use extra time to make a difference in the community. Check out these positive reasons for seniors to volunteer.
This month aims to increase awareness about stress, its negative effects and how to relieve it. If you’re experiencing stress, keep these ideas in mind for how to relax.
Even a small gesture can have a huge influence on the people around you. Here are a few ideas of some easy things you can do to brighten someone's day.
If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.
There's no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.
Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let's dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.
"The Magic Life of V," Cogswell Hall's partner film at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival, takes an artful approach to a difficult topic. Showings are Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 5, at 1:50 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas downtown.
Even if you care about a cause, how can you ensure you're a good fit for the position? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit for volunteering.
If you are homeless and need housing, Cogswell Hall is one of a spectrum of options available to you in Greater Cleveland. We are neither a shelter nor transitional housing -- important though those are! Rather, we permanent supportive housing for all 41 of our residents.
There are ways we can challenge ourselves to grow in empathy. If you want to learn more, check out these tips for how to cultivate more empathy for others.
What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can!
It can sometimes be difficult to consider how exactly to recognize Black History Month. What can you do? Here are six ideas for honoring Black History Month.
There is a genuine skill to meeting new people and establishing relationships with them. And, you don’t even have to be a social butterfly to master it!
Sarah Malue, a leading Board member through decades of transition and expansion at Cogswell Hall, died Jan. 20, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. She was 73.
Recent studies have shown how volunteering with people or a cause you care about can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues. Here's how.
Cogs the Cat, an outdoor cat loved and cared for by Cogswell Hall residents, will emerge from feline history this year to represent Cogswell Hall both online and in the community.
If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are a variety of different ways to be more charitable without spending money. Here are some ideas to try.
Cogswell Hall's executive director calls the current government shutdown "unconscionable" as national advocates document how poor people will be hurt the most.
You want 2019 to be a great year! If you want to start the new year off on a positive note, check out these seven steps to keep in mind as we dive into 2019.
If you want to make a difference in 2019, make giving a part of your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ideas for how you can create resolutions that give back.
If you live an altruistic lifestyle, you can give back and make someone's holiday a bit more joyful. Here are six ways you can brighten someone else's Christmas.
As you prepare for all of the gifts, parties and dinners headed your way this season, here are some ideas for how to decrease stress during the holidays.
For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and help spread the holiday cheer this season.
If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.
If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, help give back in the upcoming season by checking out these volunteering ideas for cold weather months.
Thanksgiving marks an important season for all of us to take a moment and remember the little things in life—and every little thing we’re thankful for.
A Cleveland mental ward discharged Doreen to the street at age 18. She spent years homeless, in dreary group homes and even a nursing home, re-hospitalized frequently. Since moving to Cogswell Hall in December 2017, she has set a personal record for staying out of the hospital, returning just once for her shortest stay ever. She credits Cogswell's dignified, permanent housing and professional support for her progress -- and for time and space to pull her life together.
If you have a student in your life who you want to serve the community, here are some tips for how to encourage teenagers to volunteer with a cause they care about.
Caregiving is a valuable position in our community which often goes unrecognized. Let's look at what National Family Caregivers Month is and how you can celebrate it.
If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to help out this Halloween. Here are some top tricks to make Halloween a treat for everyone.
How can you encourage the children in your life to be active and volunteer with their community? We have some ideas for how to get kids involved in giving back.
Fighting homelessness: A new, 3-minute video on affordable housing features a collaborative effort on Cleveland's West Side -- and two military veterans who find support there.
Cogswell Hall residents face many disabilities and challenges. Some have survived violence in the home, either long ago or a short time before finding a safe home here. This month, inspired by the #MeToo movement, a nationwide #SurvivorSpeaks campaign is encouraging domestic violence survivors to raise their voices. A Cogswell Hall resident came forward to share her story with Cogswell Chronicle reporter and blogger Sakina Kapasi. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, may this survival story join many others to reduce stigma and increase public awareness.
Nervous at first but now at home, Saint Martin de Porres High School 9th-grader Jason Alexander is settling into his assignment at Cogswell Hall in the school’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). Jason started in September and will be here once a week throughout the school year.
On Cleveland's West Side, you can help Cogswell Hall's in-house store by donating items for the December holidays. Low-income residents shop for themselves and others at CogsMart, using points they earn by making progress on individual life goals or volunteering inside or outside Cogswell Hall.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in your community. To get you started, we came up with six spooky-fun volunteering ideas for October.
Books are a valuable source of information, creativity and empathy. If you're not a book lover now, you will be soon. Here's how reading makes you a better person.
How can you get involved? If you want to join the fight against breast cancer, we have some ideas for how you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, take advantage of the season of fall to dive into getting involved. Here are five fun ways to give back this fall.