2019 Chili Open charities
Each year the Rotary Club of Strongsville selects several deserving charities to receive funds raised by the Chili Open.
This year's selected charities are:
- Applewood Centers
- Applewood Centers is a leader in improving the lives of children in Ohio by providing high quality behavioral healthcare and out-of-home services for children and their families. Services offered include: counseling, psychological testing and assessment, psychiatry, foster care, residential services, and The Gerson School, offering alternative educational experiences for students who have not found success in a traditional school setting.
- Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio
- Boys Hope Girls Hope provides stability, support, and scholarship to bright and motivated children from challenging circumstances. Despite the fact that their scholars have faced some combination of economic poverty, severe family stress, neighborhood violence or other extraordinary circumstance, they maintain a courageous desire to make their goals a reality. Their time-tested Residential Program contends that the combination of a quality education, a safe and secure home, and a consistent routine will provide the young people we serve with the values and opportunities they need to realize and achieve their full potential.
- Cleveland Furniture Bank
- Since 2006, gently used furniture like yours has helped previously homeless or displaced individuals and families have the dignity of a furnished home.The Cleveland Furniture Bank (CFB) picks up furniture and other items from individuals and businesses in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Summit, Medina, and Lorain counties. The items picked up are distributed through a Furniture for Families program or sold through an associated thrift store that provide the financial support necessary to provide to those in need.
- Far West Center
- Far West Center shines a light of hope on those coping with the impact of mental illness on daily life. Our mission is to strengthen individuals, families and the community through culturally relevant behavioral healthcare services, advocacy and education. They provide services for persons with severe mental illness and their caregivers, as well as persons at-risk of developing serious mental health problems.
- Flashes of Hope — Kick-It
- Kick-It was founded in Chagrin Falls, Ohio by 10-year-old Quinn Clarke during his second battle with cancer. He asked his parents if he could have a kickball game to raise money for research and was shocked when more than 500 people came to support him. That afternoon has inspired people from across the country and as far away as Hawaii and Australia to help save the lives of children with cancer. Careful distribution of our grants allows doctors to bring the latest and most promising life saving treatments to seriously ill children. These grants provide hope for childhood cancer patients.
- Hope For Honduran Children
- The Hope for Honduran Children Foundation was established to help provide a nurturing environment for children ravaged by conditions of extreme poverty in Central America. In addition to supporting them with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education, our ultimate goal is to instill the desire and provide the necessary tools for these children to become self-sufficient, caring, and responsible adults.
- New Avenues to Independence
- The mission of New Avenues to Independence is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs to become more independent and productive members of society by offering the highest quality support services and developing innovative and inclusive programs. New Avenues has developed a continuum of services, meeting the changing needs of individuals with disabilities throughout the course of their lifetime. New Avenues’ programs are currently serving over 600 individuals, ages 3-92 years in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Geauga, Lake, and Summit counties, Ohio. The individuals served include those with disabilities and chronic health conditions such as developmental disabilities, mental illness, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, and Down syndrome.
- Santa PICsU
- Santa PICsU brings the “Healing Power of Giving” to children and families in traumatic situations on a year-round basis. From providing the magic of Christmas to children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Christmas meals for the staff, to refreshing the waiting areas and funding the purchase of 8 weigh cribs/beds, Santa PICsU has grown to provide year round support for kids in a traumatic situation.
- Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is a nonprofit workforce development organization based in Cleveland, Ohio that serves teens and young adults ages 14-24 living in economically distressed areas in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Lake Counties.
Y.O.U.’s programs and services are focused on ensuring these individuals are ready to pursue a path to economic self-sufficiency through mentoring, employability skills training, industry-based credential training, career exploration, jobs, and internships.