Fairport Harbor leaders hope a little holiday spirit will help lead them to future business opportunities.
AKRON, Ohio - Rebuilding Together is a national organization dedicated to helping residents improve their homes and their neighborhoods.
It's a mission that has the non-profit agency taking the time to honor NewsChannel5's Building Better Neighborhoods for its effort toward a similar goal.
This year, Rebuilding Together partnered with Building Better Neighborhoods to help clean-up three Cleveland communities.
"We really appreciate all that NewsChannel5 has done to promote better neighborhoods and volunteerism," said Rebuilding Together Director, Paul Holm. "We are pleased to recognize NewsChannel5 with this community service award."
Rebuilding Together and NewsChannel5 are already in the planning stages for a series of northeast Ohio neighborhood improvement projects in 2013. Rebuilding Together is also launching its 2013 fundraising effort, Raising the Roof.
Residents can make a donation through the Rebuilding Together website. Contributions made on-line can be designated to specific service areas, so the dollars can go directly to your community.
Rebuilding Together coordinates a year-round volunteer program that helps repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners, so they may live with independence and dignity. .
The organization has serviced 2,500 homes in Summit, Cuyahoga, and Portage counties since 1996.
Meanwhile, NewsChannel5 will host a Building Better Neighborhoods live town hall meeting, Thurs., Nov. 29, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The live TV primetime special on WEWS will also include a live streaming interactive broadcast here on newsnet5.com and on your mobile device.
The program will include two live town hall locations, where residents are invited take part in the discussion about issues that are hurting their neighborhoods.
NewsChannel5 is also trying to spark neighborhood involvement by residents, who volunteer to make a difference when it comes to vacant and condemned properties.
We're inviting residents to report nuisance properties through our Building Better Neighborhood initiative.
Just send us pictures and information on vacant homes in your neighborhood and we'll forward the information to your city building department, in an effort to move the properties to progress.
We are also giving residents information on how they can volunteer in their neighborhoods to make them better. Those interested in starting a volunteer effort in their neighborhood should contact Hands on Northeast Ohio for more information.
Two families have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity gave thanks to its volunteers at its annual volunteer recognition meeting.
Business executives Chris Zito and Ed Crawford were given Our Lady of the Wayside's highest honor for their service to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Cleveland Skylift announced phase one of its cable car plan, linking the newly proposed Hilton Cleveland Convention Center hotel with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.
Volunteer experts with HandsOn Northeast Ohio report graffiti issues are on the rise. NewsChannel5 volunteers help with the clean-up.
NewsChannel5 is committed to Building Better Neighborhoods and we've teamed up with HandsOn Northeast Ohio to help clean up graffiti in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity launched its Slavic Village neighborhood revitalization initiative Thursday on Clement Avenue where two homes will now be renovated for first-time homeowners.
Cleveland residents will be issued a 65-gallon blue cart for recyclables and are now required to recycle glass, plastic, metal cans, cardboard and mixed paper items.