Berea Community Outreach

Mission Statement

The mission of Berea Community Outreach is to support residents and connect the community by lending a hand to make a difference. 

We strive to identify specific needs and provide services to the people who need it most with programs such as Berea Cares which mobilizes religious and civic organizations to serve the community.

Our programs include those listed to the left and much more such as: 

  • The School Backpack Program is designed for Grindstone Elementary students who are food insecure. They receive a bag of easy to prepare meals, snacks and drinks every weekend. The school guidance counselor gives us the number of children in need and puts the bags into their backpacks.

Cuyahoga County Programs

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Ohio Department of Development offers several programs to help low-income Ohioans pay their utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This application may be used for any/all of the following programs: Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Winter Crisis Program (WCP), Summer Crisis Program (SCP), Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), and/or the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

WCP and SCP applicants should call the Council for Economic Opportunity in Greater Cleveland's 24 Hour Energy Assistance Appointment Line at 216-518-4014. The TTY number for the hearing impaired in 711.

The HEAP program beings July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017. The one-time benefit is typically credited in January depending on when the application was received. Please note that your mailed-in HEAP application will take 12 to 16 weeks to process. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a notification letter informing you whether or not you are eligible for bill paying assistance. For more information view the Cuyahoga County HEAP page.

Division of Senior & Adult Services (DSAS)

The Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) conducts HEAP outreach to residents 60 years and older and adults with disabilities 18 years and older. Call the HEAP office at 216-420-6700 for individual assistance.