Welcome to Sangfroid Strategy’s new series spotlighting Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations doing the hard work to adapt their programming and continue to deliver their social good during these times. Here we asked nonprofits to share positive and innovative ways they are adapting their programming to align with the need for social distancing, while still delivering a benefit to their constituents. Unsurprisingly, all of these groups have had to move business online, cut costs and find new ways to connect with their patrons and donors. Still, they’re all managing to survive and thrive.
Regardless of a worldwide pandemic or not, Cleveland’s University Settlement is dedicated to changing lives. It’s what they’ve been doing since 1926 in the Slavic Village neighborhood. Whatever that looks like at the time, they are there. For now, that means providing residents in need with food (including a monthly fresh produce drive), access to the internet, continued youth programming, and also various support groups, which are all virtual for the time being.
Last month, the organization helped launch the Slavic Village Connections Challenge, which asked neighborhood residents to come up with their own idea/project that would keep the community connected socially during a time of unknowns and social distancing. Residents received up to $250 in grant money to make the idea come to fruition.
University Settlement has also led a few successful virtual fundraising campaigns by being specific and breaking down the cost of things so that potential donors know exactly what their money is going toward. For example, just $20 is enough to provide a home delivery of a week’s worth of food to a senior citizen in need. This allows people to make smaller donations that go directly to a cause right now.
To help University Settlement continue its mission, make a donation today.
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