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Ohio Catholic Co-Hosts Boys Hope Girls Hope Christmas Party

On Tuesday, December 5, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union co-hosted a Christmas party with Boys Hope Girls Hope in Garfield Heights. Several Ohio Catholic employees worked with the high school sophomores in finding Christmas gifts to purchase on Amazon for a person who plays a significant role in their life. OCFCU provided each student with $50 to buy these meaningful gifts. Everyone enjoyed a nice Christmas meal of pizza, salad, cheesy bread and delicious cupcakes while many smiles were shared throughout the night.

St. Monica Parish and Ohio Catholic FCU Partner to Serve Community Thanksgiving Meal

Ohio Catholic FCU and St. Monica Parish combined efforts to coordinate a Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day, with the food generously provided by St. Augustine Hunger Center.  Guests feasted on a Thanksgiving meal consisting of turkey, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, salad, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie.

In addition to an outstanding meal, guests and volunteers had the opportunity to share in the company of one another and come together to give thanks for all of God’s blessings.  More than 200 meals were served between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. thanks to the efforts of all of the volunteers.

Ohio Catholic FCU Recognized For Philanthropic Efforts

On Saturday, November 11, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union was honored to receive the Jimmy Davis Heart for Service Award from Blessing House in Lorain County for its Catholic School Challenge Grant Program.  Blessing House also recognized Holy Trinity School in Avon, St. Jude School in Elyria, and St. Benedict School in Garfield Heights, all of whom took part in the Catholic School Challenge Grant Program.

As part of the program, each school was given $500 in seed money and challenged to multiply this gift from God in accordance with the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30).  The three schools combined to raise more than $7,000 for Blessing House.  Blessing House serves as a safety net for children of families in crisis by providing a temporary safe home for the children and support for the families.

Executive Director Sr. Mary Berigan noted that while she greatly appreciated the monetary gift, she was also thankful that students across the Diocese of Cleveland were able to participate in a program designed to teach them use the gifts given to them by God to help those in need.

Ohio Catholic FCU Sponsoring March for Life Bus Trip with Knights of Columbus

Ohio Catholic FCU is partnering with the Knights of Columbus Father Ragan Council 3269 to sponsor a bus trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.  The March for Life is scheduled for January 19, 2018.

We will depart from the Knights of Columbus Ragan Council 3269 located at 1783 Moore Road, Avon, Ohio, Thursday evening, January 18, and will travel through the night.  We will arrive in Washington, D.C. in time for morning mass at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. After mass, there will be time to have breakfast at the cafeteria and tour the 70 Shrines located within the National Basilica (https://washington.org/dc-guide-to/basilica-national-shrine-immaculate-conception-washington-dc).

The bus will then pick us up from the National Basilica and transport us to the Washington Monument for the March for Life.  We will listen to a series of speakers and then march from the Washington Monument to the steps of the Supreme Court.  The bus will then depart from Washington, D.C. that afternoon to take us back to Avon, Ohio.  We will stop for dinner and make at least one other pit stop on the way back home to Ohio,  arriving between 11:00 p.m. and midnight on Friday, January 19.

Registrants through Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union pay just $25 for the trip, which includes a March for Life scarf and a snack bag for the trip.  We will be traveling on a chartered tour bus with a restroom on board.  Also, you are welcome to leave your car in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus and it is monitored by the Avon police.

For more information, please contact Dean Robinson, Catholic Outreach Coordinator for Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, at (216) 478-0065 or drobinson@ohiocatholicfcu.com.

Seton Safety Net Supported by November Canned Food Drive at Ohio Catholic FCU

Members and employees of Ohio Catholic FCU combined to collect hundreds of canned and boxed food items for Seton Safety Net, as well as a monetary donation of $500. The Seton Safety Net for Seniors is run by Light of Hearts Villa and provides food for senior citizens in the area who are in need. Seton Safety Net for Seniors helped more than 170 individuals in 2016 and has continued to grow every year since 2006.

 

Thanksgiving Meal at St. Monica’s Parish in Garfield Heights

Ohio Catholic FCU will be working in conjunction with St. Monica Parish to provide a community Thanksgiving meal for local individuals who are in need or have no where to spend the holiday. Items for the meal will be provided by the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Cleveland. All are welcome! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Outreach Coordinator Dean Robinson at 216-478-0065 or at drobinson@ohiocatholicfcu.com.

Ohio Catholic FCU Community Helps Raise Over $2,600 for Womankind

Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union members and employees helped raise over $2,600 for Womankind during the October Baby Bottle Drive. Members and employees picked up baby bottles at the beginning of month and filled them up with money and returned them at the end of the drive. Over $1,600 was collected in cash and coins from members and employees. Ohio Catholic FCU contributed to that effort with a $1,000 donation to bring the total raised to $2,601.80. Thank you to all who helped contribute to this great cause.

Since 1975, Womankind has been providing free prenatal care and a full range of support services to pregnant women and families in need. Womankind provides all of its services at no cost to the client. Their services include pregnancy testing, prenatal care through 28 weeks in their clinic, counseling, childbirth classes and assistance with baby items donated to them by the community. All of Womankind’s services are confidential, compassionate and provided with the emotional support a woman needs for her pregnancy.

Update on Access to Garfield Heights Location

Recently, access to the Garfield Heights location has changed due to safety concerns resulting from individuals using the access road as a shortcut from Thraves Avenue to Rockside Road.  Father Thomas Haren, Pastor at St. Monica Church, recently shared the following information with his parish and school families:

In recent months, over two hundred cars and trucks each day are using the entranceway next to the Credit Union as a freeway to and from Rockside Road. These cars are not using our parking lot to come to St. Monica Church, the Credit Union, St. Benedict School, or to the Parish Office.  Not only are they using our parking lot as a short-cut between Rockside Road and Thraves Avenue, but many cars and trucks are speeding through this entranceway.  It has become dangerous to walk across the parking lot. 

As a result of this concern, the Thraves Road entrance to our parking lot, next to the Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, will be closed.  A semi-permanent gate will be installed on that entranceway. The other entranceway from Thraves Road, next to the Pavilion, will remain open.  The reason for this decision is safety. 

As the Pastor of St. Monica Church, I am very interested in the safety of all persons entering our parish grounds.  I know that the closing of the entranceway will cause inconvenience to our parishioners and to our school families. But I believe, after much consultation, that this gate is necessary to insure a safer environment on our parking lot.  I ask for your patience and understanding of this decision. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our members, but we certainly share Father Haren’s concern for the safety of the students, parishioners, and members of Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Click here to read Fr. Haren’s Letter

Canned Food Drive for Seton Safety Net for Seniors

During the month of November, all four Ohio Catholic FCU regional branches will be collecting canned foods for Seton Safety Net for Seniors. Members are encouraged to drop off canned food items or make monetary donations throughout the month of November. Monetary donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Ohio Catholic FCU up to $1,000.

The Seton Safety Net for Seniors is run by Light of Hearts Villa and provides food for senior citizens in the area who are in need. Seton Safety Net for Seniors helped more than 170 individuals in 2016 and has continued to grow every year since 2006.

Ohio Catholic FCU and Womankind Partnering for Baby Bottle Drive

Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union and Womankind are partnering for OCFCU’s baby bottle campaign. Beginning Monday, October 2, all four of Ohio Catholic FCU’s regional branches will have empty baby bottles for members to take home and fill with change during the month of October. Members can bring back their filled baby bottles to any Ohio Catholic FCU branch anytime during the campaign. All donations will go towards pregnant women and families in medical, financial and emotional need.

Since 1975, Womankind has been providing free prenatal care and a full range of support services to pregnant women and families in need. Womankind provides all of its services at no cost to the client. Their services include pregnancy testing, prenatal care through 28 weeks in their clinic, counseling, childbirth classes and assistance with baby items donated to them by the community. All of Womankind’s services are confidential, compassionate and provided with the emotional support a woman needs for her pregnancy.