Caring Hearts Fund
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Inner City Saints
Notre Dame College enrolls students from all walks of life.
Caring Hearts Fund is a unique fund designed to help students through a desperate and unexpected circumstance with emergency funds.
- Allow them to continue and complete their education without the burden of issues such as going without books or other school supplies because they are unable to cover the cost;
- Help buy food so they do not go hungry;
- Provide safe and appropriate transportation;
- Allow them to purchase appropriate clothing for interviews;
- Assist with securing safe and affordable housing.
- Assist with medications/prescriptions or costs related to medical care.
Notre Dame College is committed to being a source of God’s great goodness and providential care to everyone in its community and, especially to those who are in extraordinary need. The funds will provide limited emergency support to currently enrolled students who are experiencing a catastrophic situation such as a death in the family, an illness or extreme poverty, or any position that would otherwise make attending class very challenging. Students are eligible on a case-by-case basis and when other possible resources have been exhausted. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid. The Caring Hearts Funds are awarded and are not considered loans and are not required to be returned.
The number of students who can be served by the Caring Hearts Fund is subject to the availability of funds, which are all provided through the generosity of philanthropic support. As it continues to grow, the Caring Hearts Fund will soon become an endowed source of support for students in extreme need.
Caring Hearts Fund
Your gift to the Caring Hearts Fund will help supply a Notre Dame College student with emergency funds as they are going through a desperate or unexpected life situation.
Notre Dame College also conducts its InnerCitySaints Award program each year to raise money for the Caring Hearts Fund.
Join us in shining a light on individuals who make a meaningful difference in Cleveland’s inner city urban communities.
Notre Dame College established the InnerCitySaints Award in 2016 to recognize and shine a light on an individual who through his or her humble service, dedication and presence has made a meaningful difference in Cleveland’s inner city urban communities. Net proceeds benefit the Notre Dame College Caring Hearts Fund, which provides emergency financial support to students who are experiencing unexpected crises.
For more information about InnerCitySaints, Contact:
Executive Director of College Advancement
2019 InnerCitySaints Award: Renee Jones
2018 InnerCitySaints Award: Edward Plaspohl
2017 InnerCitySaints Award: Father Jim O’Donnell
2016 InnerCitySaints Award: Sr. Rita Mary Harwood
The second InnerCitySaints Award was presented to Father Jim O’Donnell in November 2017. O’Donnell helped establish the community of the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist, which for more than 35 years has provided a ministry of presence in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland.