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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.

Ghost stories will fill Cogswell Hall Oct. 24 as the next edition of Talks in the Hall welcomes Story Club Cleveland. Reserve your seat: http://bit.ly/CogsGhosts. It's free! Donations are welcome.

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.

Two hundred thirty-one years later, the Constitution is still an active document for our country. So, how can you celebrate and honor this historic day?

If you strive to live an intentionally altruistic lifestyle, you’ve come to the right place to learn more. Here are seven ideas for random acts of kindness.

When it comes to giving back, Labor Day is the perfect chance to do something valuable for others. Here are some ideas for how you can get involved this Labor Day.

Fundraisers are an important way to give back to your school and raise money to support causes you care about. However, fundraisers aren’t the only way to get involved.

Whether they’re your closest family or a complete stranger, there are lots of simple ways to bring joy to others every single day. So, we came up with 10.

If you live an altruistic life and donate to an organization or cause you care about, you might be surprised to find these life benefits from financial donating.

If you want to take advantage of the last summer days and commemorate Family Fun Month with your loved ones, here are four ideas to celebrate this August.

Whether you make friends with your next door neighbor, community member or someone who lives halfway across the world, you can celebrate International Day of Friendship. Here’s how.

When you have an efficient morning routine, you set an effective tone for the rest of the day. Here are five ways to establish a productive morning routine.

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.

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