Tremont West e-news & updates
December 1, 2020
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Tremont - Duck Island - Irishtown Bend Block Clubs Holiday Food Drive
This year, Auburn-Lincoln Park is inviting other block clubs to engage in “friendly competitions” to see which group could bring in the most in three (3) categories in the annual Tremont/Duck Island/Irishtown Bend Holiday Food Drive – of nonperishable food items and paper products along with cash and checks. The ultimate goal is to help food pantries, like St. Augustine, Pilgrim Church, St. Michael, Immanuel Lutheran, St. Malachi, Westside Catholic Center, and Greater Cleveland Food Bank to feed our near west families and children in need in the holiday season. The “Grand Prize Winner” for the 2019/2020challenge was Auburn-Lincoln Park – therefore, they are issuing the challenge for the upcoming 2020/2021 season.

CLE Trees at The South Side
Through December 23rd at The South Side
Consider Near West Recreation for #GivingTuesday
Near West Recreation serves close to 1,300 Cleveland kids annually through different sports leagues while keep registration fees affordable and providing financial assistance. Help them buy a van today! #GivingTuesday #NearWestRec2020GivingTuesday
Let's Talk Kids, Resilience + COVID
Wednesday, December 2nd, 7-8pm via Zoom
Community Projects for Impact - Share Your Story
Thursday, December 3rd, 5:30pm via Zoom
Winter Fashion Ride
Friday, December 4th at 6pm
2020 Hops & Shops Canceled
Canalway Partners Survey
It's been a BUSY spring and summer inside the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area as visitors turned to it and the Towpath Trail for relaxation and recreation during the pandemic. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the short survey so Canalway Partners, co-managers of the OECNHA, can better serve you in the coming year!
Enjoy a sweet treat “pandemic-style” while helping Merrick House raise money for United Way!
Visit to purchase a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. $10 per Dozen.
Your redemption code will be sent to the email you provide at time of purchase.
Please share with friends and family! Campaign ends Friday, December 18, 2020. 
Your donations DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Merrick House
Merrick House has Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) funding available to assist anyone with rent or utility payments. Payments are limited to $125.00 per household and will be paid directly to the vendor. Interested parties should call Merrick House at 216-771-5077 for an application.
Childcare Center
Please contact Merrick House Early Childhood Director Laurie Santos at 216-771-5077 extension 132 or e-mail her at 
Tremont Youth Council at Merrick House
 Please contact Jennifer Pullom at 216.771.5077 or for details.
Donations needed of Clorox wipes and Clorox/Lysol spray. We need them for the Pandemic childcare.
Upcoming Events:
(Please note that these programs are on hold due to Cuyahoga County being in the Red due to COVID-19)
  1. Tremont Grinders Basketball Fridays from 5-6:30pm
  2. Push Thru Athletics Basketball Camp beginning August 24th from 12-1:15pm
  3. Zumba beginning August 24th on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30pm
  4. Martial Arts beginning September 3rd on Thursdays from 6-7pm
  5. Advance Professional Public Speaking Beginning September 14th on Mondays from 3:30-5:30pm
Cleveland Public Library
Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the county, Cleveland Public Library is making changes to protect staff and visitors. Starting Saturday, November 21, all Library buildings will close to the public. Curbside and walk-up services will still be available.

Grab and Go Meals for Youth 
M-F, 3-4pm at all CPL locations

M-TH, 4-6pm at all CPL locations. Register here.
Fall CPL Newsletters

Rental and Utility Assistance
If you are struggling to pay your rent or are behind in paying your utility bills, apply today.
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
You may qualify for a lower sewer bill.

Call 216-881-8247.
Internet Options for Grade School Students
The solution by Empower CLE:
First, supporting students with access to education:
For Cleveland public school families, you can receive free high-speed internet through the partnership with Empower Cle. The district pays your installation costs as long as a student lives in the home. That’s right, free! No hidden charges and no bait and switch. Moreover, the school system will provide your child with a computer.
That service is now available in the designated area on the map above. To participate in the program, you have to opt-in by calling 216-777-3859. Do not wait till the last minute, call today while supplies last!
For all other residents in the above designated map area:
Even though you do not have a child in the Cleveland school system, you can have high-speed internet in your home for less than $10 per month through Empower Cle. That’s right, no installation cost and no monthly fees. Call 216-777-3859.

There are two other low cost options for students not located in the EmpowerCLE service area:

Home Relief Grant
Apply today if you are behind on rent, mortgage, water and / or sewer bills back to April 1, 2020.
Concerned about your housing or an eviction?
You may qualify for free legal representation, call Legal Aid at 216-687-1900.
Information for families.
MyCom is a network of people who believe youth development is a direct path to healthy, safe communities for everyone. We build strengths in young people and their neighborhoods by connecting existing programs and resources, and funding opportunities for positive growth.
Job Opportunities
Follow Near West Job Board Facebook Page for daily job postings.
Food Pantry Information
Tremont West staff put together this list of food access in Tremont, Duck Island and Irishtown Bend. Please email Dharma Valentin if you would like to see something changed or added.

Or dial 211
Pet food is available through the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Email or call (216) 255-5012 and leave a message.
2020 Cleveland Waste Pick-up Schedule
As a reminder, cans are not to be placed outside earlier than 12pm the day before garbage pick-up and must be removed by 12pm the day following garbage pick-up.