FutureHeights has made a difference in 10 short years

The FutureHeights Lee Road design charrette in 2001

I cannot let January 2010 pass without acknowledging the 10th birthday of the organization that led to not only the Heights Observer, but has given the residents of Cleveland Heights, and now also University Heights, many opportunities to be active citizens and make a true difference in their communities. 

In January 2000, in response to Giant Eagle's plans to build a 50,000 square foot store on Cedar Hill, more than 350 people from the neighborhood came together at a town meeting to voice their concern that drastically changing the historic physical fabric of the area would not be in the long-term best interest of the community.

FutureHeights was born that night, and although Giant Eagle has come and gone, FutureHeights has remained and grown.

Ten years later this grassroots group is still bringing the community together in a variety of ways. If you are not familiar with FutureHeights, I encourage you to visit the organization's Web site, www.futureheights.org.

Thousands of donors, volunteers, board members, dedicated staff, foundation partners, residents, and government and community organizations have participated in FutureHeights over the past 10 years. Their investment in the organization is not only a vote of confidence in FutureHeights' work, but, more importantly, an investment in keeping our community strong, healthy, and working together to maximize our limited resources.

In order for FutureHeights to move forward and remain sustainable, it needs everyone's involvement.

Please donate. As a small nonprofit the organization always need money and in-kind services. Be a citizen journalist by writing something for this paper. Join a committee. Attend a FutureHeights event. Talk about community issues that matter to you at the online forum. That is what FutureHeights is all about.

Sarah Wean is a founding member of FutureHeights and continues to volunteer for the organization. Visit www.futureheights.org.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 8:47 AM, 01.21.2010