St. Vincent de Paul Society Partners with GolfTEC Northeast Ohio to Collect Coats for the Poor this Holiday Season



November 26, 2014

Media Contact:  Natalie Schrimpf  216.269.6525, x. 2520



(Cleveland, OH) — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland is partnering with GolfTEC Northeast Ohio to collect winter coats for needy individuals and families in Northeast Ohio. From now until December 19, GolfTEC is accepting new and clean, gently-used coats at its six Northeast Ohio locations in an effort to fill a GolfTEC Hummer with the gift of warmth.  Anyone donating a coat at GolfTEC will be entered in its drawing to win $1,000 worth of prizes, which include golf lessons, equipment and apparel.  All coats will be distributed to needy residents in Northeast Ohio.

“We are grateful that GolfTEC is reaching out to help those less fortunate in the community, especially now during the cold, winter weather,” said John Litten, SVDP Cleveland executive director. “The need is great, and this effort will help us keep additional folks warm this year.”

GolfTEC’s Northeast Ohio stores are located in North Olmsted at 26669 Brookpark Road Extension, Beachwood at 24195 Chagrin Boulevard, Middleburg Heights at 7599 Pearl Road, Brecksville at 8803 Brecksville Road, in Fairlawn at 3737 West Market Street, and in Canton at 4930 Everhard Road NW.



How the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is Helping Employers Find New Talent

Crain’s Cleveland Business Nov. 9, 2014

By Timothy Magaw

Flying Fig restaurant owner and chef Karen Small knows all too well the perils of posting job openings on Craigslist or other websites.

In many cases, those postings lead to a lot of interviewing and not much hiring.

“It’s kind of a nightmare to absorb that kind of time and not get anything out of it,” said Small, whose modest eatery is nestled on Market Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

However, about a year ago, she got a call from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland offering up a pre-screened worker and a promise to cover 50% of that person’s hourly wages during the training period.

The offer was part of a pilot program the nonprofit launched to provide more opportunities in the culinary industry for Northeast Ohio’s unemployed poor who want to work but lack experience or job-training accessibility …

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