About RRECPTA Community Service
Each month our committee plans a different service project. Sometimes we collect specific items that are needed by a local charity, other times we plan events that involve our children in helping in the community is some way. Our committee aims to make the world a happier place in any small way that we can.
If you have a charity you wish to support or have suggestions on how RRECPTA can be of service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. We would love to hear your suggestions!
Trick or Treat at Rockport Senior Living
Sunday, October 14th, 2-4pm
@20375 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River
Children should wear their costumes and bring a trick or treat bag and cards to share with residents. There will also be crafts to do with residents. Evite to follow.
Honor Our Vets at RR Public Library
Saturday, November 10th, 11-11:45pm
@1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River
Children will have story time with Mrs. Fisher and do a craft to give to our Veterans to thank them for their service. Sign-ups at November sign-ups.
Support Cleveland Kid’s Book Bank with Your Gently Used Books!
Bring on the friendly competition — we are competing with Lakewood ECPTA and Bay Village on a book collection challenge to benefit Cleveland Kid’s Book Bank for the month of October. Who can collect and donate more? Let's get competitive for a good cause! Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important predictors of future academic success. Yet two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children’s book!
Our critical need is books for babies through early readers (board books, learn to read books) and books showing diversity.
The Cleveland Kid’s Book Bank accepts new and gently used books in good condition:
Board Books (cardboard pages, durable)
Picture Books (books parents would read to their children)
Beginning Readers (ex. Step Into Reading, I Can Read)
Note: The Cleveland Kid’s Book Bank cannot accept adult books, magazines, textbooks, en-cyclopedias, coloring books, or books with torn covers. GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED! Sit down with your child and have them pick out books they no longer want or need to give to other kids who need books!
Bring new and gently used books to the Tuesday, October 9th meeting (you may win a gift card) and to the Halloween Party at Goldwood on Saturday, October 20th.
Donation drop-offs also welcome at 21484 Kenwood Avenue, Rocky River. Leave donations in the brown bin on the patio! Thank you for your donations! Let’s win this challenge!
Ongoing Community Service for Laura's Home
What is Laura’s Home? For women and children, we are a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. Today, hundreds of single-mothers and their children are experiencing or on the verge of homelessness in our city. With 166 beds and 55 rooms, Laura’s Home offers a variety of services intended to prepare women and children for positive, productive futures.
So, has your child just outgrown a diaper size and now you are wondering what to do with the box? Have baby toiletries given to you that are not your brand? Have unopened formula you will not use? Laura’s Home is ALWAYS in need of:
• Disposable diapers of all sizes infant to toddler
• Baby wipes (especially without perfumes or dyes)
• Baby formula
• Baby lotion, shampoo, wash, oil and powder
These items will be accepted at every meeting or drop off a donations (to the bin on the patio) or have them delivered using smile.amazon.com (for Ohio Congress Rocky River Early Childhood): 21484 Kenwood Avenue, Rocky River, OH.
2017-2018 Community Service Events
October – We had a wonderful time Trick-or-Treating at Rockport Senior Center in Rocky River. All of our little ghosties and ghoulies received candy from the residents as well as enjoyed cookies with them. We love the residents of Rockport and always look forward to this annual event!
November – In honor of Veteran's Day, a group from the RRECPTA gathered at the Rocky River Public Library on Saturday, November 11. To honor Veteran's Day, the kids had story time with Mrs. Fisher and then worked on a craft that was given to our Veterans to thank them for their service.
December – This year we returned to Rockport Senior Living Center to celebrate the holidays with cookie decorating and caroling! We love spending time with the residents and giving our children a chance to spend time with new people!
February - We are partnered with the Rocky River Meals on Wheels Program and got our kids to make a placemats for Meals on Wheels client during meal delivery.
March - We participated in the community family book night at Rocky River Public Library for the One Community Reads program. We read and discussed Newbery Award Winner, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena.
April-May - We collected diapers, wipes, bath items, new clothes, and formula for Laura's Home, a 166 beds and 55 room facility to prepare single-mothers and their children for positive, productive futures.
Organizations Recently Served by RRECPTA
Rocky River Assistance Program
Did you know… more than 1000 Rocky River residents fall below the poverty line?
The Rocky River Assistance Program was initiated in 1984 by the Rocky River Women’s Club and is staffed solely by volunteers. This established community resource supplies residents in need with food, personal care, and household items every other month. In addition, clients receive holiday dinners in November and December. Children enrolled in the program are provided school supplies, school lunch items, coats, gift cards, and presents from their holiday wish lists. Scholarships for school trips and qualifying recreation programs are also offered.
Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center: The City Mission of Cleveland
For women and children, Laura's Home is a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. Today, hundreds of single-mothers and their children are experiencing or on the verge of homelessness in Cleveland. With 168 beds and 55 rooms, Laura’s Home offers a variety of services intended to prepare women and children for positive, productive futures.