Serving Westlake Residents of All Ages
The Community Services Department offers programs and activities to enrich the lives of the 50 plus population at Westlake Center and provides a system of social services for Westlake residents of all ages. A variety of social, educational and recreational activities are offered as well as health screenings.
The social service staff of the department serves as a resource for information, emergency food for qualified Westlake residents, discount program applications and offers a daily safety phone check and transportation for older and disabled adults.
We need you to join Westlake's team for the wellness/walking challenge which is sponsored by UH/SJMC. This friendly competition involves the seven surrounding area senior centers who are participating for bragging rights for the healthiest seniors! Read on...
Donations and Sponsorships
The Community Services Department greatly appreciates the help individuals and organization provide by supporting activities, programs and client services for older adults. Sometimes these gifts are made in celebration of a loved one's birthday, anniversary, or other special event, in sympathy, or in memorial of a loved one. Some donations may be tax-deductible. Find more details in our donations and sponsorships (PDF) form.
The food pantry also relies on donations from the community and local businesses to provide food and personal care items to qualified Westlake residents. The food pantry is available year round to Westlake residents with limited incomes. It includes an emergency three-day food supply of non-perishable food as well as holiday food baskets.
Food client information form and application (PDF).
Annual Sponsorship Breakfast
The annual Sponsorship Breakfast is held each November where current and prospective sponsors can see the events and activities available for sponsorship in the following year. A sponsorship might be providing centerpieces or giveaways, underwriting a speaker's or entertainer's fee or underwriting a lunch where opportunities are available for small group activities of 10 to larger groups over 100. The breakfast also provides an opportunity for sponsors to network.
Sponsorship Breakfast Named a Program of Excellence
In 2015, this initiative was recognized by the National Council on Aging's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) as one of its 2015 Programs of Excellence. The Annual recognition honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation to offer innovative, creative and replicable programs for older adults.
Read award press release
Volunteer & Service Opportunities
With so many exciting activities happening at the center and assisting the many residents of our community, Westlake Community Services is in need of volunteers. You can make a difference! Interested in helping with mailings, events, craft projects, or assisting in the food pantry? Call us at 440-899-3544 for more information on how you can help. A list of volunteer opportunities can be found here. Volunteer Opportunities (PDF)
Download Adult Volunteer Application (PDF)
New Volunteer Opportunity: The Open Table
Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services has been working with The Open Table to connect young adults with a small team of people who can provide advice and help by investing what they have learned on their life journeys with them. Most of the young adults in the program are in their early 20s and lack the support of family or friends to help them navigate through life. A team consists of 6-8 volunteers who will undergo 6 hours of training and commit to meet with the individual for an hour a week for one year.
Many adults have the life skills needed to become part of such a support network. If you are interested in joining a team and can commit to the training and meetings for 1 year, please contact either Donna Feorene or Susan Laschinger by calling 440-899-3544.