That’s right, Changing Gears has received their 50th donated vehicle this year.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, vehicle donations fuel the Changing Gears mission of:
Providing affordable vehicles for people that are working their way out of poverty.
If you are interested in donating your vehicle to fuel this important work (and receive a tax deduction), go to http://www.changing-gears.org/donate/ to learn more.
On Tuesday a team of volunteers and clients who have created a monthly tradition of “from garden to table” helped us celebrate Thanksgiving. The Garden to Table team works together to take vegetables grown in our learning garden (and some other ingredients) and prepare food in healthy ways: part nutrition class, part cooking class and a whole lot of community building. Their final production was an incredible meal for the center’s clients, partners, staff, and volunteers.
Garden to Table Team
Our time was a great reminder to celebrate and give thanks for a year of being a part of the community at CityLink and the tremendous blessings we have received. In our first year over 700 clients have entered the center with hope to transform their lives, over 500 volunteers have engaged to grow and stretch while serving others, and our partners have come together to create a sum which is greater than its parts.
Thank you to all the guests, volunteers, artists, foodies, donors, and other community support that made MashUp a HUGE success.
We were joined by over 550 people at the first event, you helped us to polish off great food and drinks, assemble new art for the facility and celebrate our mission.
Thank you to our sponsors: Construction Process Solutions, Frost Brown Todd, Gallagher SKS, and US Bank
Thanks to our food and beverage providers: Alpine Valley Water, Busken Bakery, Coffee Emporium, FEAST, MadTree Brewery, Nada, National Exemplar, Pho Lang Than, Quan Hapa, Tramonte & Sons, and Whole Foods
Thank you to our artists and performers: Arrasmith & Associates, Bright Star Baptist Step Team & Choir, David Slaughter Photography, Drummers David & Joshua, Everlasting Sounds, Higher Level Art, JB Woodruff Design, and Vernon Elamental Jackson
Thanks to everyone who is joining us Friday night for our first annual MashUp at CityLink to celebrate and fuel our work at the center. Over 500 guests will enjoy some of our favorite things, thanks to great support from our community.
Only 20 tickets remain – www.citylinkmashup.eventbrite.com – no tickets will be sold at the door because we are at capacity, thanks for the overwhelmingly positive response.
Some of our favorite things:
- Alpine Valley Water
- Busken Donuts
- Coffee Emporium Appetizers
- FEAST Edible Installations
- MadTree Brew
- Nada Sliders
- National Exemplar Squash Soup
- PhoLangThang BahnMi
- Phoenix Spicy Tuna
- Quan Hapa Nem Nuong Salad Rolls
- Tramonte & Sons Wines
- Whole Foods Cheeses & Veggies
And that doesn’t even include all the performances which you will just have to see or hear about the next day from your friends…..
On Friday, October 4, the Cincinnati Works and CityLink team celebrated 100 employments since the center has opened its doors by going out for a delicious treat at Holtman’s Donuts.
Congratulations to our Cincinnati Works staff and to our 100 clients for all your determination, hard work, and success!
CityLink is excited to announce two positions are open on the CityLink Team.
An expanded full-time role has been added for Development and Communications, this role will help share our story and connect potential investors and resources with the Center to continue fueling our work.
An Implementation Lead for the Wellness Center will help get that area up and running, the last major piece of our service puzzle. The equipment is in, the clients are ready, we just need the right leader to help us launch the area.
If you are interested in these roles, please check them out at: http://citylinkcenter.org/about-us/careers
On Wednesday September 25th, we had an inspiring day at the center from a near and far.
First we got to celebrate 2 Clients who obtained employment through our partner Cincinnati Works. One of those clients lives 2 blocks away and had walked by the center months ago when one of our facility’s team started a conversation with her. That conversation led to her signing up for an orientation, completing her job readiness workshop, and now has employment. She emotionally shared how the team at the center believed her, gave her hope and encouragement and that fueled her determination….she thanked God for this new start at life.
Later that night we had 70 visitors from Afghanistan come to learn about Social Enterprise and the work of organizations throughout the city. The visit was through the State Department’s program with Miami University, we were fortunate to host the best and brightest from Afghanistan and share our story. These scholars, though literally half a world away, shared the same concerns for their community, were driven to improve the world just a little bit, and enriched our time with their hope for a new day in their country.
“The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs adn thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship” – Thanks to our friends at Miami’s School of Social Enterprise for letting us be a part of that mission…
ChangingGears is an extremely committed volunteer team here at the CityLink Center. With their consistent spirit of altruism and dedication, this team of volunteers makes it possible for ChangingGears to make transportation an accessible part of our clients’ lives.
And it’s not too shabby to get to use torches while volunteering….
Your heart, talent, and skills are evident in the success stories of CityLink’s clients– thank you, volunteers!
AmeriCorps provides a chance to learn new skills, make new connections and earn money toward college. CityLink is interviewing now for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) positions.
CityLink’s ultimate goal is to help the working poor achieve and maintain financial self-sufficiency and social stability by offering a comprehensive range of services. CityLink is a welcoming space in Cincinnati for people who want to make positive life change. CityLink has developed an integrated approach to services for the Cincinnati area’s working poor. CityLink has developed and implemented a volunteer management and training system. VISTA members support the development of CityLink volunteer systems, fundraising support, and development of communication strategies.
To apply :
GO TO: http://www.americorps.gov
Look for ”Join AmeriCorps!” On the left side of the home page.
Choose ”Ohio” in the drop down box “Choose Where To Serve”
Then, look for CityLink Center
JOIN the MOVEMENT
The University of Cincinnati recently concluded an economic impact study about our Workforce Development Partner, Cincinnati Works. The article tells compelling stories about how the organization continues to transition people to self sufficiency through obtaining and retaining jobs. We are proud to partner with such a great organization and look forward to continued growth of their amazing work at CityLink Center