December 2021
Monthly News & Updates
Encore Cleveland connects people who are in or nearing retirement from their primary careers with volunteer and employment opportunities through local nonprofit organizations.

Based in her roots with the Encore Program in Cleveland, Pat Bennett now has a global presence through her small business, Pat’s Granola. Describing her experience, she says “Being part of the first cohort of the Encore program in Cleveland changed the trajectory of what I was doing and here I am, almost 3 years later.”

Although Pat spent her career working in both corporate finance and the nonprofit sector, her love for food has played an important role for much longer than only the past 3 years. 25 years ago, Pat began making the first prototypes of her signature granola for her sons, who were student athletes, as a healthy way to keep them fueled for their games. “So that’s where it all started, truly in response to making food for my family, but from there, as Pat says, “it just grew and grew and grew!”

Pat found the application for the first Encore cohort through her own research online. She was ecstatic to be accepted and gained critical knowledge through the free resources provided, as learning the nuances of food production and distribution was imperative to Pat’s growth as an entrepreneur. Pat’s participation in the Encore program also invigorated her to share resources and opportunities to other small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs in her Cleveland community. “That’s been immensely satisfying, to help another generation of people who want to start businesses.”

Pat’s commitment to creating high quality, handmade, small batch, and incredibly tasty products truly shines through! You can purchase from Pat’s Granola, find where to buy it locally, or read Pat’s blog on her website,

To learn more about starting your own business, contact Nicole Liatos at 216-912-5655 or [email protected] at the the Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI) Women's Business Center.

The inaugural Heritage Program Class of 2021 graduated October 5th, with board and family members present. Through a shared action-based model “Strategic Doing”, and the Geauga County challenges the class learned during the 7-week program, they began a project to assist retaining Youth in the county (sprung from COMMON GROUND). 

They launched a pilot to engage sophomore students from Geauga County public schools and Home schools for a day of learning at 4 businesses (Kinetico, UH, Company 119 and Ten10). They learned what they might focus on during their remaining High School years, and about careers that may not necessarily require a college degree.

Their one day event “Imagine More in 2024,” a job shadowing experience, will inform an in-development year-long program scheduled to launch by Geauga Growth Partnership dubbed “Workforce Incubator” in the Spring.  

To learn more about this program contact: Pam Carson, Heritage Program Director at
216-538-3411 or [email protected].

Are you interested in contracting part time and using your welding or machining skills to assist high school students?

Learn more about how the Technical Corps Program engages experienced manufacturing technicians age 50+ through Encore Cleveland to fill community needs.

Find the applications on  under Technical Corps Programs

Contact Nakeva Williams at [email protected] or
216-391-9500 x 2116 to learn more or register. 

Front Desk Greeter- Greet and welcome visitors at a cancer support agency at either location in Beachwood and Westlake. Answer phones, transfer calls and put callers in voice mailboxes, register participants for programs and healing arts services, give tours of facility, perform administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers are needed for 2–3-hour shifts weekdays and some evenings and weekends. 

ESL Virtual Tutors- Create a welcoming environment of English Language intermediate to advanced learners from all over the world every Tuesday evening 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Lesson plans are provided. Experience appreciated, but not required.  

Help our Furry Friends- A non-kill nonprofit animal shelter which gives pets a second chance at life needs help with socializing animals, walking dogs and cleaning cages at their Parma location. Volunteers are needed daily. 

Food Pantry Assistance- Volunteers are needed to sort, pack, distribute food, unload trucks, and register clients every Thursday and the last Saturday of the month (from 8:30-11:45 a.m.) There is no direct contact with clients. 


New Volunteer Information Session- Ready to volunteer? Join Greater Cleveland Volunteers via Zoom to learn about the many ways to serve your community with 100+ partner agencies throughout Cuyahoga County.


Employment Opportunity with Greater Cleveland Volunteers. 30 hours a week, hybrid position in the AARP Foundation Experience Corps program

Apply to host a Cleveland Foundation summer intern in 2022!
Could your organization benefit from the help of a stellar intern this summer? If you have projects to tackle and an interest in developing emerging talent in Greater Cleveland, consider applying to host a 2022 Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern! Applications are due December. 7, 2021.

Cleveland Black Futures Fund announces second round of grantmaking
The Cleveland Black Futures Fund is now accepting proposals for its second round of grantmaking! The Fund has amassed more than $4.3 million since its inception in late 2020 to support the capacity of Cleveland-based nonprofit organizations that are both Black-led and Black-serving. In the second round, monetary grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be available, in addition to a limited number of capacity-building fellowships. The online application is now open and will close on January. 18, 2022.

Visit for updates on key dates and deadlines. 

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Find Assistance Directory

A tool from Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, (WRAAA) to help older adults and individuals living with disabilities find local resources for food, utilities, housing, and more.