Check out our new murals at the St. Clair Plaza!

Note: St. Clair Plaza is closed for renovations. Connect with us here if you have any questions or concerns.
In Our Neighborhood... BigHearted Blooms

For this month’s business spotlight, we are excited to introduce BigHearted Blooms.

BigHearted Blooms is a non-profit organization that was founded by Sue Buddenbaum in 2018. It was created around the core mission to build community through personal moments of kindness. BigHearted Blooms works to mitigate the effects of loneliness and isolation – primarily on those residing in care facilities – by surprising them with bouquets of recycled flowers. Volunteers break down floral arrangement that have been collected from grocers, weddings, and other events that would have otherwise been thrown away. New bouquets are arranged and delivered to those in need of an emotional lift. BigHearted Blooms provides simple acts of kindness that has the enormous impact of lifting spirits and bringing a renewed energy to help individuals through life’s challenges.

In 2021, BigHearted Blooms volunteers delivered bouquets to over 5,200 individuals. While they primarily serve senior citizens, they also serve those facing other life challenges, from cancer, dialysis, organ transplant to substance abuse and domestic violence recovery.

Sue Buddenbaum loves working out of St. Clair Superior and getting the opportunity to explore the variety of businesses and restaurants. She is always eager to share to her latest finds to those who come to the neighborhood. When asked about her thoughts for the future of St. Clair Superior, Sue is most excited about the re-energization of the neighborhood and watching the community become more connected. She is excited for her first Neighbor-to-Neighbor event this fall in St. Clair Superior, where she hopes to enlist neighbors in the community to volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering for BigHearted Blooms or learning more about this amazing organization, please visit their website.
"To be a person of integrity, fight for people when they aren’t in the room, and do what you say you’re going to do."
-Ara Tucker-
Upcoming Events...
SHE BUILDS brings together corporate, community leaders and volunteers who are dedicated to advancing the housing and community issues affecting women. Volunteers, homeowners and community members come to the builds with a myriad of experiences and skills to share and learn from one another.

The SHE BUILDS Workshop is an opportunity for women to attend interactive workshops on carpentry, electric, plumbing, working with contractors, working with tools and painting – all led by women.

When: Saturday, September 17th, 8:30am-12pm
Where: Tri-C Metro Campus, 2900 College Ave.

Join the Second District Cleveland Police Commander, Supervisors and Officers at the Third District’s monthly community meetings. Meetings are an opportunity to regularly engage with local CDP officers to identify problems, learn about available resources, and ways to be involved with activities that improve your community. Meetings are currently held both in-person and online.

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 6-7pm
Where: 3rd Neighborhood Police District Community Room, 4501 Chester Ave. or Virtual (Meeting Number: 180 166 3710 | Password: 6ksSQGvsA35; Join by Phone
Dial: 1-415-655-0003 | Access Code: 180 166 3710)

Join Ingenuity Cleveland for FREE Ingeneer Nights! The Ingeneers are a volunteer-driven creative collective, meeting year-round to vision, build and create. Open to anyone, this crew represents a range of skills and expertise's, and is responsible for helping to shape and implement the slew of year-round creative projects issuing out of IngenuityLabs.

When: Wednesday, September 22nd at 6pm (& other dates!)
Where: IngenuityLabs, 5401 Hamilton Ave.

Click here for more information. For more info, reach out to

Learn more about Ingenuity Cleveland and how to get involved in this year's Ingenuity Fest in September.
It's a Family Affair Kickback! Cleveland UMADAOP presents this end-of-summer event with family games, a DJ, karaoke and so much more! Share with your neighbors... and bring a chair!

When: Saturday, September 24th, 1-5pm
Where: 1215 East 79th St.

In response to the increased rise in anti-Asian/American, xenophobic harassment, and anti-hate towards marginalized communities of color, OCA is providing educational and awareness tools to combat these types of systemic oppression. The workshops are free, 1.5-hour, interactive trainings to teach people on how to be a confident and effective bystander against racism and discrimination.

When: Monthly on third Tuesdays at 6pm CT (7pm EST)
Where: Virtual (details provided upon registration)

Join Ms. Cookie at her WEEKLY Saturday art class! Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm kids in the neighborhood are welcome to join for arts and crafts, including paint by numbers, coloring and drawing.

When: Saturdays, 1-5pm
Where: 9380 St. Clair Ave. (first floor, lobby)

Call 216-804-9262 with questions.
AsiaTown is hosting multiple community events this month, including the Lunchtime Party in the Park. Join us September 22nd and 23rd from 11am-1pm! Learn more here.

Don't forget to join AsiaTown for their upcoming civic engagement events as well: We the People Citizenship Day on September 17th and Verify-Your-Vote Minute Clinic on September 20th.

Download the flyers here:
Are you hosting an event in the neighborhood? Do you have news or resources you would like to share with the community? Contact Julia at to be included in the next Spotlight!
REMINDER: The City of Cleveland Curbside Recycling Program began last month! Residents can still opt-in to receive curbside recycling services. To enroll, complete the online form at or call 216.664.3030.
Upcoming Food Distributions & Pantries...

St. Martin de Porres Monthly Food Pantry
Where: Saint Martin de Porres High School, 6202 St. Clair Ave
When: Every 3rd Friday, 2-3pm
Details: Call 216-881-1689 with questions. Click here for more information about St. Martin de Porres.

Food Not Bombs Produce Giveaway
Where: 6321 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103
When: Second and fourth Sunday of every month from 3:00-4:00pm

Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Food Pantry
Where: ASIA Cleveland, 3631 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
When: Fourth Friday of every month
Details: Call 216-881-0330 to register by the Thursday before each month's distribution. Click here for more information.

Where: NORA, 1400 E. 55th St. Cleveland, OH 44103
When: Third Monday of every month from 10am-12pm
Details: No residency or income requirements. Call 216-391-6672 for the emergency pantry, which is available Mon. through Fri. from 10am-3pm. Click here for more information.

Famicos Food Distribution Food Pantry
Where: Hough Multipurpose Center, 8555 Hough Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106
When: The last Thursday of every month from 10am-1pm
Details: Open to all residents of Wards 7, 9, or 10. Please bring photo ID and your own bags or boxes. Fresh produce, canned goods, boxed items. Click here for more information.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Food Locator Tool
Details: Use this tool to enter your address and find information for food distributions near you.
Property Tax Assistance Program Through CHN

CHN Housing Partner’s Property Tax Assistance Program is designed to prevent displacement and foreclosure of homeowners when that default is due to an inability to pay property taxes due to a pandemic-related hardship. Funded by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) via U.S. Department of the Treasury, these funds are made available through the American Rescue Plan of 2021. Funds are currently available through December 31, 2022.

Cuyahoga County homeowners who qualify for the program can access a one-time grant of up to $10,000 to pay for property taxes. Assistance is available for owner occupied households where the property serves as the owner's primary residence.

Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Information on program guidelines, eligibility criteria, and required documentation is available through the program application page found here (no paper application is currently available). Download the program flyer here.

Visit their website for more information on this and other CHN programs. Call the property tax assistance customer service line at 216-774-2336.
COVID-19 Resources...
  • This map shows a combination of COVID-19 testing sites throughout Ohio at private companies and retail sites, community health centers, libraries and other local partners. Make sure to call in advance to ensure tests are available and to determine how to access tests when you find a testing site. If testing is not available for any reason, many partners can direct you to an alternate location. Click here for more information.
Free At-home COVID-19 Tests (Still available!)
  • As of January 19, every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order four at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost. The U.S. Government is providing these tests to be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service at no cost to purchase or ship. Click here for more information and to order your at-home tests.
  • Click here to check vaccine eligibility, book your appointment and to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Call the Cleveland Department of Public Health helpline: 216-664-2222. Staff are available Monday-Friday, 9 to 5 p.m.  
  • View the COVID-19 Booster Shot fact sheet.
IngenuityFest 2022 is ONE WEEK AWAY!

Join Ingenuity Cleveland for IngenuityFest 2022 | Expo: Ingenuity September 23-25 at 5401 Hamilton Avenue! Expo: Ingenuity will ignite the creative spark by tracing a history of imagination through time and place, highlighting the ability of expositions to bring people together to uplift achievement and human ingenuity! 6 stages! Hands-on activities for youth and families! Art installations! Food trucks! Vendors! A whimsical take on art, science and technology, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!

St. Clair Superior residents can use promo code "NEIGHBOR22" at for FREE tickets! Learn more at or on Ingenuity Cleveland's Facebook page.

Job Opportunities...
Property Manager, CHN Housing Partners
Office Coordinator (part-time), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Custodian, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Community Organizer, ASIA, Inc.
Executive Director, Morgan Conservatory
HEAP Intake Specialist, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Multiple Positions, SIFCO Industries, Inc.
Multiple Positions, City of Cleveland
Not sure what you're looking for? Take a look at our Business Directory to find businesses in our neighborhood that may be looking for new employees!
Upcoming Programs at the Addison Branch

FREE After School Tutoring and Homework Help — Online
FREE after school tutoring and homework help for students in grades K-12. Monday–Thursday, 4–6pm at 14 branch locations: Addison, East 131st St., Fleet, Garden Valley, Glenville, Harvard-Lee, Hough, Langston Hughes, Memorial-Nottingham, Mt. Pleasant, Rice, Rockport, South Brooklyn, South. No registration or appointments are needed.

Museum Day: Stories and Craft — Friday, September 16 | 4pm
Celebrate the Smithsonian's Museum Day with museum stories and a chance to make your own "museum specimen" craft project.

Hojalata Folk Art — Tuesday, September 20 | 4pm
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an embossed metal Mexican folk art project.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Wednesday, September 21 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Color Vibes: Color My Mood — Saturday, September 24 | 11am
Enjoy soothing and meditative coloring and relaxation while listening to soft calming music of in a variety of genres.

Take-and-Make: Take It or Leaf It — Online, Monday, September 26
Pick up your free activity kit (while supplies last) and learn to identify leaves and match them to their associated trees.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Wednesday, September 28 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Take-and-Make: Papel Picado — Monday, October 3
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and express your creativity with this cut tissue paper take-and-make craft project.

Contact the library:
6901 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone: 216-623-6906

Library hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am–6pm
Sun: Closed

For more information on events and programs at the Addison branch, click here.