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David T. Dombrowiak

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Community West Foundation’s 2016 Annual Meeting: From Refugee to Neighbor

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

At the heart of every great community are nonprofits building support for our most vulnerable neighbors. It is more important than ever to welcome refugees into our hearts and communities—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the loving, caring and compassionate thing to do.

It is our responsibility to welcome those suffering the most and when the world is in desperate need of humanitarian relief. The Community West Foundation Strategic Plan is inspired by the words and message from the Gospel of Matthew 25:40:

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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5 Myths About Refugees in Cleveland and the U.S.

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

The ongoing war in Syria and conflicts around the world continue to drive refugees to seek asylum in the United States, the world’s top resettlement country. Last year, the United States resettled 69,933 refugees and granted asylum status to 25,199, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Between 600 and 700 refugees now live, work and attend school in Northeast Ohio.

Agencies like The Refugee Response and Refugee Services Collaborative help provide tutoring and on-the-job training while connecting them with other resources they need to thrive once they’re here.

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Highlights From Community West Foundation’s 2015 Annual Report

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

With the help of many generous donors, Community West Foundation empowered many nonprofit organizations to provide much-needed hope to those in need in 2015.

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Community West Honors Retired Couple With 2015 Art of Caring Award

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Thu, Oct 15, 2015

As author Nelson Henderson once said, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

The winners of our 2015 Art of Caring Award truly embodies this saying, both literally and figuratively. Each year, Dr. James and Lois Magisano plant a tree on the Mirror Lake farm where they first met, leaving a visible legacy. The couple has also built a legacy in many other ways. We recently honored them with a special tribute at this year’s Legacy Society dinner, hosted at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility.

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Community West Foundation Recognized For Leadership

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

This past week, Community West Foundation was honored to receive The Catherine O’Neill Leadership Award. 

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Expert Shares Proof That Doing Good Is Good for Our Health

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Thu, Sep 17, 2015


Want to be happier, stay healthier and live longer?

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[UPDATED] New Infographic Illustrates Poverty In Cleveland

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Sep 09, 2015

In the past few years, Ohio—especially Cleveland and its surrounding communities—has been hit hard by the unstable economy. The rate of poverty in Cleveland continues to rise, with almost 36 percent of residents and more than half of all Cleveland children living at or below the poverty rate in 2015. 

That means making less than $11,770 for a single person and less than $24,250 for a family of four. 

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20,000 Reasons We’re Saying Thanks for Helping the Homeless in Cleveland

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

There are many things we cannot control, but we do have the power to help the hungry and the homeless in Cleveland. 

Our SocksPlus initiative represents an ongoing commitment to helping the homeless right here in our communities by providing warm, dry socks, clothing and other essentials. We are amazed by how many people have come forward to help since we launched this fundraising campaign in January. 

In fact, we are proud to announce we have collected more than $20,000 from more than 230 donors to date. The contributions continue coming in the form of online donations, boxes and even homemade blankets. 

Here are just a few of the ways our donors have shown they care.

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Who Community West Foundation Is Helping With Your Donations

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Thu, Jun 18, 2015

There is no greater gift we can give to our community than the spirit of hope to those who need it most. That’s why I’m proud to share that in the past year, Community West Foundation provided $5.8 million in grants. 

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How Your Donations Are Helping Refugees In Cleveland

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Standing before the Community West Foundation’s Board of Directors, a small, thin woman read from Braille note cards and told the story in her personal exodus.
As a blind woman, Genet Abraham has experienced firsthand the challenges facing people with disabilities, especially in North Africa and other oppressive nations. In fact, these struggles are what led the Eritrea native to become a teacher who works to serve those with disabilities who are often marginalized in her society.

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