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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.

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.

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