Community West Blog

Linda Spencer

Recent Posts

Bill & Jill Oatey - Making God’s Love Visible

Posted by Linda Spencer on Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Bill and Jill Oatey make God’s love visible by their compassion and genuine concern for others. Their capacity to serve others runs deep and so does their spirit of giving. Both were raised by parents who demonstrated the powerful life lessons of caring for others, kindness and service. Bill and Jill embraced these guiding principles and their lives truly honor the parents they loved so dearly.

Read More

David and Martha Hessler Illuminate the Light of Faith, Hope and Love

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Oct 22, 2018

The Legacy Society Dinner was a tribute to Community West Foundation’s most treasured
donors and it was a magnificent and memorable evening.

Read More

Meet Our 2017 Art of Caring Award Recipients, Henry & Betty Jacques

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Henry and Betty Jacques are an extraordinary example of living their lives by the belief that, “God will make you rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.” — 2 Corinthians 9:11

The Jacques put their faith into action by service to others. It is a faith that has greatly benefitted our community in countless ways. Their inspiring charitable volunteer efforts have impacted thousands of individuals, from their neighbors, to families throughout our community.

Read More

Meet Our 2016 Art of Caring Award Recipient, Aggie Hoskin

Posted by Linda Spencer on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Art of Caring Award recipient, Aggie Hoskin, who has left quite a legacy for our community!  Through the Jennifer Fund, a Donor Advised Fund, at the Community West Foundation, Aggie Hoskin has created a way to provide lasting support to the causes she cares about the most – helping children!

Read More

Community West Foundation has moved to a new location

Posted by Linda Spencer on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

It’s official! The Community West Foundation has moved into its new home at 800 Sharon Drive, Suite C in Westlake. Well known for helping colleagues succeed, Community West Foundation is now leasing office space from Youth Challenge, an agency that provides recreational programs to physically challenged youth. This is one of the foundation’s latest ‘outside the box’ collaborations which offers support to Youth Challenge through rent and grant resources.

Read More

One Year Later, Support for SocksPLUS Continues to Grow

Posted by Linda Spencer on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Chances are, you have contributed in some way to the SocksPLUS campaign. Through this important initiative, we are creating valuable relationships and partnerships to help the homeless in Cleveland. We began this effort just one year ago at Metanoia, and it has been exciting to see so many people step up to support it. SocksPLUS has evoked emotion, impact and action.

Our tribes are growing and helping in their collective efforts for the homeless. We are invested in their success and we highlight these great examples as often as we can, through our social media channels and our publications. Here are some highlights of what we've accomplished so far with your help.

Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Socks Are So Important to the Homeless

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Nov 30, 2015

Last January, Community West Foundation launched the SocksPLUS initiative to provide socks, warm clothing and other essentials to Cleveland's homeless. 

Read More

Pair Up to Fight Frostbite: Double Your Donation on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Linda Spencer on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

We have a day for giving thanks and two days for getting deals. Shouldn’t there be a day when we give something back? That’s what Giving Tuesday is all about. The national effort to increase charitable donations is in its fourth year, and Community West Foundation is doing something special to celebrate. In fact, we’re so excited we’re starting early. (If the department stores can do it, so can we!) Our own “doorbuster” deal starts at noon Monday, Nov. 30 and runs through midnight Tuesday, Dec. 1.

During that time, we will match all donations made to our SocksPLUS campaign dollar for dollar!

Read More

Why You Should Take The SocksPLUS Challenge

Posted by Linda Spencer on Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014?

In the heat of summer, many of us held our breath as we poured buckets of freezing water over our heads, then dared our friends to do the same.

It was a simple yet powerful way to raise more than $115 million for the ALS Association and raise awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

As the air turns cooler, we want to challenge you to participate in a different kind of challenge that’s all about keeping others warm and dry instead.

Read More

SocksPLUS: How Your School or Church Can Start Something That Matters

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie started something when he found a way to tie charitable giving to shoe sales. What started with a simple idea and less than $5,000 in investment capital has grown into an international company that has since donated more than 45 million pairs of shoes.

Read More