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Nichelle D
9424 Sladden
(Garfield Heights)
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Abundant Love Community Outreach Lunch and Literacy at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

the project

Project Description

Abundant Love Community Outreach Lunch and Literacy goal is to provide meals, books and various artist activities to students and families in the Garfield Heights Community.  Our program will mobilize well balanced healthy meals to families along with books that address social and emotional wellbeing.   Families will be provided with art projects to support the themes of the group book.  The activites will include such as crafts, role playing, family vitural talent shows, puppet shows, vitural paint classes; to name a few.  Families taking time to engage in group literacy and art projects  will support the families in maintaining, building and managing their relationship that are strained due to the effects of social isolation.  The projects will provide a healthy outlet for families to express how they feel during the pandamic.  Families will participate in a monthly zoom activity with a parent facilitator that is currently working on same goals as families. The Family Connection Zoom meetings will be a platform for families to share and display their art projects and how they have improved their relationship and bond. 

Although Garfield Heights has a middle lower class community, it does not have access to the same resouces as the inner city.  Abundant Love Community Outreach goal is to mobilize these resources to families and children.  The ability for families and students to access the public libray, literacy resouces, extra circricullar activies are limited, therefore, our program will bring these resource to families through arts and literacy.  Families are currently suffering from the inability to participate in activities outside of the home to stimulate the family.  Mobilizing structured art driven activities to families will provide families an outlet for entertainment, expression and bonding.  

Abundant Love Community Outreach Lunch and Literacy program motto is to FEED, READ, EXPRESS and CONNECT to build stronger families that build stronger communities. 


the steps

1. Determine the number of participants we are able to serve.  It is estimated that it will cost $10 per participant per day of service.  Our goal is to serve 50 students over a 12 week period. (August 24, 2020)

2. Secure contracts with local catering companies for food preparation.(8/26/2020)

3.  Secure contracts and volunteers to facilitate art projects such as group paint group, puppet show, etc. (8/26/20220)

4.  Assess needs for mobile library and secure contract with Literacy in the HOOD (8/24/2020)

5. Assess needs for art projects and order materials (8/24/2020)

6. Marketing and Registration (8/22/2020-8/28/2020)

7. Finalize program art projects, books and literacy software and technology (8/24/2020)

8.  Family Orientation (8/28/2020)

9.  Program Begin (9/5/2020)


why we're doing it

School abruptly ended.  Church abruptly ended. Visits from friends and family abruptly ended.  Dance class and after school activities abruptly ended. Casual visits to the store abruptly ended.  Trips to the Zoo, Library, museums, movies, parks, plays ... all abruptly ended. The sense of health, safety and security abruptly ended.  Life as we know it abruptly ended  and what we we thought would be short lived begin to draw out far beyond what we expected. 

The impact of COVID 19 on families economically, socially and emotionally could not have been predicted but Abundant Love CommUNITY Outreach finding a solution to supporting the whole family could be predicted. That is what we do. 

Abundant Love CommUNITY Outreach thrives on its awareness and action on matters that impact the Garfield Heights Community.  COVID 19 did not just isolate families socially but it isolated families from academic resources and basic needs, such as free school lunch.  The need for a solution was evident and urgent. 

Founder, Mom of 8 children (yes 8 children) and a local School Board member, I did not just identify the problem within my community but it was evident in my own home. Eight children displaced from their friends, family, school activities and family outings were a struggle.  Identifying community support and garnering access was a struggle for my family.  Creating new healthy norms, was a struggle for me.

I began to organize what I determined the most immediate need and that was giving families access to free lunch.   I began to mobilize free school lunch to families who could not get to the pickup locations.  Providing this service provided a need for the family and gave them an opportunity to have contact with a member of the community through service.  It also gave families a sense of hope and support having a community peer support them.

I eventually expanded the program to include Lunch and Literacy, in which I gave students access to books when lunch was delivered daily.  I encouraged and educated families on the importance of reading 20 minutes per day to increase literacy, vocabulary and wellbeing.  Having an increased focus on literacy in my home was proving to be a great way of us to bond and engage.

Finally, the program expanded to providing families with a book that every family in the program read that dealt with topics about COVID 19 and coping skills to deal with Social Isolations.  In addition to the books, families received activities that allowed them to express themselves through various artistic avenues.  Family portraits, role playing, painting, sculpting, writing, music and dance are some of the activities in which we used to connect our weekly themes with art.   The combination of literacy and art projects to support the literary content has found to be a match made in heaven.  The families are finding having various outlets to express themselves is strengthening their family relationships, bond and ability to cope.  Families are looking forward to each activity and the opportunity to have structured family activities to build their bonds and openly express themselves through the arts. 

In closing, Abundant Love CommUNITY Lunch and Literacy expects the following outcomes:

Literacy opportunities will increase for residents in Garfield Heights

Learning Loss should decrease/Learning opportunities will increase

Less families will go hungry during the times that school is not in session

Garfield Heights relationship/civic engagement, with its community and school district will be strengthened

Give families a sense of community support in the area of their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. 

Through Artistic Expression and Literacy families will have built a stronger bond with the relationships they have available to reduce the impact of social isolation in other areas. 



  • Meals- $2,000.00
  • Books- $750.00
  • Arts and Craft Materials -$2,247.56
  • Program Administration Fees- $500.00
  • Virtual Art Group Facilitator and Paid Volunteers-$500.00
  • Transporation-$250.00

TOTAL RAISED = $6,348.00 $6,348.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived $315.65
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $100.44 $99.39
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $6,247.56 $5,897.96


  • Meals- $2,000.00
  • Books- $1,000.00
  • Arts and Craft Materials -$2,000.00
  • Program Administration Fees- $250.00
  • Virtual Art Group Facilitator-$500.00
  • Transporation-$250.00

ioby Platform Fee     waived
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $93
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $6,093
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    



Abundant Love Community Outreach Lunch and Literacy at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Today me and the Abundant Love crew took Lunch and Literacy to Cuyahoga Valley National Park!  Fresh air and friends mixed with nature is a combination for a fun time!  We read together, ate together and explored together.  #weread #wefeed #weconnect #coolkidsread #lunchandliteracy #abundantlove


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Matt Burke
  • Jason B.
  • Sweetly Shoibhan Pastries & Bubble Tea
  • Patricia Wasikowski Shady Oak Resident Garfield Hts
  • Anonymous
  • Barbara B.
  • Elizabeth I.
  • Angela A.
  • Yvette H.
  • Jermell B.
  • Tiffani D.
  • Reiko Carey
  • Mrs. Bailor
  • Charolette S.
  • Karen K.
  • Oshauwnya C.
  • Anonymous
  • Wendy N.
  • Richanda B.
  • Anonymous
  • Rebecca B.
  • The Neighbors of Wolf Avenue
  • Anonymous
  • The Baker Family
  • Kelly T.
  • The Fruits5
  • Clarissa Russell
  • Rose family
  • Sara S.
  • Lockbox Lady
  • Eugene & Alvenia Jones
  • Shaunte A Nance
  • Ashley Thomas
  • JENN N.
  • Deborah H.
  • YDH Consulting
  • April W.
  • Holly G
  • Katie B.
  • Sherri M.
  • Emerik D.
  • Sondra M.
  • Anonymous
  • Kim M.
  • Gregory M.
  • Mark D.
  • Amanda Kitson
  • Lori F.
  • Joe J.
  • Kristine K.
  • Rhonda C.
  • Sonny J.
  • Former GH Teacher
  • Tammy Moeller
  • Dawn M.
  • Cynitra S.
  • Cole S.
  • Debbie's Dipper
  • Christopher Davis
  • Howard and WaLinda J.
  • Nell
  • Samantha Yousef
  • Denise M.
  • Millette King
  • Julius J.
  • Ariana J.
  • Ms. Betty (Former Aide Elmwood and Menlo Park Academy)
  • Dawn McCurry
  • Angel P.
  • Anonymous