It Takes Teamwork
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to cancer.org.
The Cleveland Browns Organization, including players, coaching staff, owners and office staff and all of their families have rallied behind the American Cancer Society's efforts; demonstrating that they are true leaders in the fight against cancer here in the greater Cleveland area. They have participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer since 2009. As part of the NFL's "Crucial Catch" initiative each October, the Browns Organization brings awareness to cancer prevention and screening on and off the field, celebrates cancer survivorship by treating patients to unique game day experiences, and they work to improve the lives of all those affected by cancer by engaging with the Society's programs and services. The Browns' charitable efforts have enabled thousands to receive free-of-charge, potentially life-saving cancer screenings. The Cleveland Browns are certainly doing their part to help finish the fight against cancer!
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Over the past 10 years, the Cleveland Browns have hosted a blood drive in connection with Training Camp that has been vital in supporting local patients during the difficult summer months. Browns blood drives at Training Camp and satellite sites throughout northeast Ohio have collected 7,690 pints of blood. Because each pint of blood has the potential to help up to three patients, over 23,000 lives have been touched by the efforts of the Cleveland Browns.
USA Football is the sport's national governing body, leading the game's development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the Browns, the NFL and the league's other 31 teams. USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport for a better, safer game through coaching education and player skill advancement. St. Ignatius High School English teacher and head football coach Chuck Kyle is one of 70 Heads Up Football Master Trainers, selected and trained by USA Football to instruct high schools and youth leagues on the program's important standards to advance player safety and skill development. More than 5,000 youth football organizations – approximately 50 percent of the youth football community – in all 50 states are registered for USA Football's Heads Up Football program.
Since 1941, the USO of Northern Ohio has served as a private, civilian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives no direct government funding, but relies solely on the generosity of corporations, organizations, and the American people. The USO of Northern Ohio touches the lives of nearly 45,000 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve military and their families throughout our 29 county region. For over 70 years, the USO of Northern Ohio has provided morale, recreation and social services to US Armed Forces personnel and their families through our programs and services. USO Center facilities are located in the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), Cleveland Hopkins Airport, the NOSC in Toledo, and program processing center in Massillon. Together, our network of hundreds of volunteers donates nearly 20,000 hours of service annually in honor of our brave men and women.
The USO is chartered by Congress as a non-profit organization. It is not part of the U.S. government but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.
The Mission of the USO of Northern Ohio is to lift the spirits of our local troops and their families by enhancing the quality of life with recreational programs and services that boost the morale of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel serving in, and from the 29 northernmost counties of the great State of Ohio. The USO of Northern Ohio will also try to cultivate cooperative relationships between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The Cleveland Browns have always been a great support of the USO, here at home by their relationship with the USO of Northern Ohio and on a worldwide level with players (present and past) who have gone on USO tours visiting troops serving in conflict areas. The support they offer to our local military via events and ticket donations lifts the spirits of those that are currently serving and their families. The Cleveland Browns are one of our strongest community partners and their commitment to our Armed Forces is unfaltering.
Providence House – Ohio's first Crisis Nursery – has cared for over 7,000 families and children in crisis, living for days, weeks, or years without the support they need to help get them back on their feet. To provide the support so desperately needed by these children and their caregivers, Providence House has built a holistic, integrated program focused on both child abuse prevention and family preservation. Their unique Crisis Nursery Program is a comprehensive crisis nursery service based on 34 years of experience, the latest child welfare research, and proven evidence-based programs and practices that can help prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce system involvement and foster care placements, and strengthen families in crisis.
The Cleveland Browns selected Providence House as their Courage House for Kids in 1999, as a member of the Ed Block Foundation's Courage House National Support Network for Kids – a network of organizations committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in NFL cities across the United States. Providence House has been fortunate to receive financial and volunteer support, as well as player and personnel involvement from the Cleveland Browns Organization.
United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns have cultivated a 40-year relationship to advance education, income and health in our Greater Cleveland community. United Way strives to create a community where every child succeeds in school, every family and individual finds financial stability and good health for all. Priority access areas include:
• Kindergarten Readiness
• Academic Success
• High School Graduation
• Basic Needs – Food Security and Housing
• Job Placement and Retention
• Fair Consumer Practices
• Financial Coaching/Education Programs
• Start Healthy Programs (Risk Reduction and Disease Prevention)
• Stay Healthy Initiatives (Managing Disease, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse)
• Accessible Health Care for All
We aspire to have a thriving community through national and local initiatives like the NFL & United Way Hometown Huddle and United Way TEAM NFL. United Way asks Greater Clevelanders to give as generously as you can, advocate for the community and kindly volunteer to help us achieve our goals in our priority areas. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @UnitedWayCLE. LIVE UNITED.
Achievement Centers for Children
Thanks to the generous support of the Cleveland Browns Foundation, the Achievement Centers for Children Cleveland Browns Adapted Football League is beginning its fourth season, offering 75 children and young adults with varying abilities the opportunity to play organized football. Over 65 volunteers are helping the players this year. Not only does the Cleveland Browns Foundation contribute financially, but Browns players and alumni personally participate by helping adapted football players in their training camp, autographing shirts, offering their training facility in Berea, and are very generous with game tickets for families and volunteers to enjoy. Share your love of sports by helping children and adults with disabilities and special needs in our adapted football program. Visit our website for more information.
The Achievement Centers for Children is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable and empower children with disabilities and their families to grow, learn, play and prepare for lifelong achievement in society. Providing comprehensive high-quality, cost-effective services and programs in the areas of therapy, family support, education, autism services, recreation and adapted sports, the Achievement Centers for Children provides professional, compassionate care for children, teens and adults and their families at facilities in Highland Hills, Westlake and Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, Ohio, in homes and other community settings. Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling our mission, and may be involved in our adapted sports program, our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, projects to beautify and help maintain facilities at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, and other opportunities.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank works to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. The Food Bank leads hunger relief efforts in Northeast Ohio, leveraging donations of food funds and volunteer activity to make possible more than 47 million meals each year for hungry people in our six-county service territory. Each year, more than 13,000 volunteers repack food at the Food Bank and prepare food in the community kitchen saving the non-profit more than $1.3 million and from hiring 31 full-time staff, an expense we could not afford.
The Centers for Families and Children
The Centers for Families and Children is one of the oldest and largest non-profit human service organizations in Northeast Ohio. We believe that for our community to prosper, each of us must have the opportunity to succeed. With core services in early learning, health & wellness, workforce development, youth and family services and emergency food distribution, we strive to connect more than 20,000 clients each year to the right opportunities, relationships, resources and networks that can help them build a better future.
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) prides itself on being one of the most distinguished sports commissions in the country, effectively leveraging sporting events and activities to further economic development in Northeast Ohio. Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has grown to become a relevant and dynamic organization, governed by a committed group of trustees representing some of the region's most esteemed private, public and nonprofit institutions.
The mission of GCSC is to measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the Greater Cleveland community by attracting and creating significant sporting events and activities. Its philosophy to operate as an economic and community development organization that utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward other community agendas sets it apart from other similar establishments. The organization takes the unique approach of becoming a management and financial partner in each event.
To date, GCSC is responsible for attracting more than 190 sporting events, which have contributed nearly $570 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy while maintaining a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities.
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Visit GCSC's website for more information.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association & The American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the world. We team up with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. We are proud to partner with the Cleveland Browns in the fight against childhood obesity in our community through the NFL Play 60 movement.