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NORVA Speaker Series Have Drawn Great Interest

NORVA members Ben Gascoigne and Haley McDonough have joined this past year motivated to engage of our newest NORVA members and recently returned volunteers. 

A fall and winter Speaker Series event each brought 25 NORVA members together for dinner and a presentation from a former Peace Corps Volunteer with notable post-PC employment. 
RPCVs Victoria Tifft and Brian Cummins shared of their service, transition state-side, and career…

Added by David Wylie on February 9, 2014 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Celebrating a Year Full of Service Saturdays

Our first Service Saturday was held on January 26, 2013. We are very proud to have provided English language tutoring, American cultural discussion, conversation and companionship to many beneficiaries from Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Iraq, North and South Sudan, and others. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to continue developing relationships with the refugee population of Cleveland. In the past year, volunteers have helped refugees with basic English skills, accessing community…


Added by David Wylie on January 8, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

NORVA Speaker Series

NORVA was grateful for the 18 Peace Corps Volunteers who attended on Oct 24th to listen to a talk by RPCV Vicki Tifft's at Le Petit Triangle in Ohio City.  Vicki discussed her prosperous research and work, in particular her work targeting a malaria vaccine. Vicki, sharing her story of transitioning home and professional developments, inspired dinner discussions ranging from government funding to global health to entrepreneurship.
We look forward to the next speaker…

Added by David Wylie on November 5, 2013 at 1:05am — No Comments

June Service Saturday was a success!

Thanks to all who attended Service Saturday on June 22!  We had a record turnout of volunteers including several of new faces.  The next Service Saturday will be on July 27th at 10AM at the Cleveland Public Library Walz Branch (7910 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102)  …


Added by David Wylie on July 11, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Service for Soups!

On June 22, a group of NORVA members visited the venue for Soups of the World this fall, the Slovenian National Home ("The Nash") in Slavic Village.  As a service project to help offset the cost of the facility, members helped clear a items from a stage.  Afterward, members had lunch, toured the facility, and learned more about the Slovenian community in Cleveland.…


Added by David Wylie on July 10, 2013 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Update on Soups of the World progress

The Soups of the World! committee is busy at work planning for the event next fall, which will take place on Saturday, November 16th from 6-9pm.  Soups is a major biennial fundraiser and third goal cultural event hosted by NORVA.  The committee has selected the Slovenian National Home in Slavic Village as the venue.  Please join us on June 22 at 10am for a day of service, which will help NORVA reduce the cost of rental.

Added by David Wylie on June 7, 2013 at 12:38am — No Comments

Update on recent Service Saturday

NORVA members enjoyed an extra special Service Saturday on June 1.  Members met with 13 refugees and worked diligently on improving the participants English skills.  Immediately following class, NORVA members, students, members of the Ethiopian community, and friends enjoyed a feast of Ethiopian food prepared by a local Ethiopian immigrant, Tigist Gebremichael.  Dishes included homemade cheese, teef bread, and lots of sauces, that according to the cook took 50…


Added by David Wylie on June 7, 2013 at 12:32am — No Comments

NORVA at the Cleveland Marathon

On Sunday, May 18th, NORVA members woke up early in the morning to help at the water stop between miles 5 and 6 in the annual Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon.  Members setup tables on both sides of the street, filled hundreds of cups with water, and handed them out to runners as they passed by, all the while cheering them on!

NORVA Members ready to hand out water…


Added by David Wylie on June 7, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

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