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Catholic Charities Corporation Administrative Offices:

7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900

It's Not Too Early To Think About Christmas

Bags of Love

The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities Corporation of Summit County (CCC/SC) has begun its annual Christmas “Bags of Love” project. This is a special way to make Christmas a little brighter for low-income clients of our local Catholic Charities and their children. Consider making a financial gift to the Bags of Love project to help these families with gifts and food this Christmas. Please donate by December 1st. Make checks payable to: Women’s Board of CCC/SC. Note “Bags of Love” on the memo line. Donations for Bags of Love may be mailed to: Alice Barger, 4924 Friar Rd. -Unit A, Stow, Ohio 44224.

About Us

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Our Mission 

The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities Summit County is committed to living the teachings of Jesus Christ by sharing our labor, time and gifts with our brothers and sisters in need.

We accomplish this through:

  • Events and activities such as our annual spring luncheon and fundraiser, and our Bags of Love program where we ‘adopt’ families in need at Christmas to provide presents and gift cards.
  • Our Sewing Ladies program: We support the Christ Child Society of Akron by cutting, sewing and ironing flannel to make receiving blankets and burp cloths for layettes distributed to needy families. We also knit scarves, hats, headbands and afghans for Bags of Love and Summit's Community Hot Meals.
  • Volunteering at Catholic Charities events and programs such as the Community Hot Meals program.

Our History

We started as the Catholic Service League founded in 1920.  We are now the Catholic Charities Corporation Summit County – Women’s Board.  The name may have changed, but the work and dedication has continued throughout the years.

Initially the group was founded to meet basic needs of the poor, unemployed, homeless and orphans.  The women independently provided support to other community services in the areas of employment, crisis management, counseling, education, and adoptions. In 1968 the group became affiliated with what is now Catholic Charities of Summit County.  Through this affiliation we are able to provide support for the same community needs through programs offered by Catholic Charities.  We raise funds for the programs and promote volunteer service within the programs themselves.

We started our Bags of Love event in 1970 and our first fundraising luncheon was in 1988.  Both of these events continue to this day and have expanded allowing us to grow our ability to provide assistance to those in need in our community.

Our Officers

President: Mary Lou Solsman
Vice President: Debbie O’Donnell
Reporting Secretary: Patti Schneider
Treasurer: Alice Barger
Corresponding Secretary: Marty Meadows

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