Welcome to WKYC's Hero Central. There are many wonderful organizations here in Northeast Ohio that stand ready to help you. And many volunteer opportunities for you and your family to help those in need. Do you need a hero? Can you be a hero?
Be a hero and donate to Coats for Kids! Drop off a new or like-new winter coat at participating malls, Howard Hanna, or BJ’s locations. For a full list of drop off sites, or to make a donation online, visit coatsforkidscleveland.org.
You can also buy a paper coat at Discount Drug Mart for just $1.00 and receive an instant $1.00 off coupon from Energizer. Proceeds go directly to Coats for Kids.
This winter, let’s make sure that every child that needs a coat gets one.
Hero Central Stories
An estimated one thousand motorcycles are expected to participate in the 7th Annual Firefighters Memorial Ride.
Here is a list from the City of Cleveland of Thanksgiving Holiday Meal site dates and locations for those in need of a place to get a holiday meal. Meals begin Monday and continue through Saturday.
CLEVELAND -- Come on out this Saturday to help those most in need in Northeast Ohio.
CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland man has become something of a hero to hundreds of senior citizens on the west side because he's carrying out an idea he had about five years ago.
Twenty-six-year-old Matt Seitz was getting some well-deserved love and attention Thursday from Rachel Murray and her mother, Marge, at the downtown Cleveland headquarters of the Make A Wish Foundation.
CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of free tax preparation beginning 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 27.
CLEVELAND -- One of the oldest, non-profit organizations in Cleveland is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
HUDSON -- Nancy Ochsenhirt has good reason to celebrate her life.
NORTON -- Jackie and Steve Smolinski have a busy household, and it recently got even busier with the addition of a second dog.
Join Channel 3 and WDOK Softrock 102.1 for the 2009 Change Gang Campaign to help Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
LAKEWOOD -- Students at Garfield Middle School here just completed a campaign to fill "Care Packages" for our soldiers. Friday they were inviting people in the community to pitch in.
CLEVELAND -- Channel 3's one-day drive to enlist "Heroes Help Northeast Ohio" in giving to the Cleveland Foodbank, the Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Campaign, and Coats for Kids got all three organizations off to a running start in their holiday campaigns.
CLEVELAND -- "Heroes Help Northeast Ohio" took place Thursday at Channel 3 and was a huge success thanks to all of you.
CLEVELAND -- Thousands of people donated to the Heroes Help Northeast Ohio drive. So now what? How long will it take your donation to make it to a person in need?
BRUNSWICK -- Students at Edwards Middle School used origami to fold 1,000 paper cranes, in the hopes of making one student's wish come true.
PEPPER PIKE -- A local Hawken School junior is hoping to help sick kids feel better, one book at a time.
AKRON -- Steve Marsh learned at age three that he had muscular distrophy. His own son was diagnosed at the same age.
ROCKY RIVER -- Whenever Liz Ferro needs a moment to clear her mind, she laces up her tennis shoes and goes for a run.
PAINESVILLE -- Big Brothers/Big Sisters is looking for dozens of high school students to become part-time mentors to a grade school student.
BEDFORD -- Philanthropist and local businessman Mort Weisberg was honored by the Jewish National Fund with the Tree of Life Award for the funds he raised for the children in Sderot, Israel.
BRUNSWICK -- The City of Brunwick is joining forces with the Brunswick Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary to collect items that will be put into care packages for servicemen and women.
SEVILLE -- In our "Hero Central Report," we introduce you to two women making a difference in Medina County.
MENTOR -- Kelsey Hamilton is a 15-year-old Mentor High School student in the fight of her life.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The men and women of the Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing here have deployed to Iraq and other trouble spots in recent years, but this summer they were in a different part of the world on a very different kind of mission.
CLEVELAND -- Need to know where's the nearest food pantry? Call 211.
CLEVELAND -- Shopping for back-to-school clothes can get pretty expensive. So for families who struggle to make ends meet, two teens came up with an alternative to help them get the things they need.
KELLEYS ISLAND -- Summer is wedding season and usually brides and grooms anxiously await opening their wedding gifts.
CLEVELAND -- The third annual Breast Cancer 3 Day event will take place on July 31, August 1, and August 2.
PARMA -- George Kern, 85 has been involved with Boy Scouts for almost 40 years.
- To volunteer, you can go to businessvolunteers.org for an interactive guide to picking the best opportunity for you.
- Or you may contact handsonneo.org or greaterclevelandvolunteers.org
- If you need help quickly, your first call should be to United Way's 211. Just dial 211, or
216-436-2000 and they will connect you with the appropriate agency.
- A partial list of other non-profit agencies in Northeast Ohio is as follows: