The Metzenbaum Foundation was established in 2008 with the donation of estates from Harvey J. Dick and Irene Trask. Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for Geauga County citizens with developmental disabilities and to promote public awareness of the needs and abilities of such individuals throughout the community.
The Metzenbaum Foundation has contributed to a better quality of life for our clients through the purchase of extraordinary medical and dental expenses, respite care, therapies, educational programs and equipment, home modifications and recreational programs and equipment.
Whatever your specific area of interest, The Metzenbaum Foundation will ensure your donation impacts the areas that are most significant to you.
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The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.
Geauga County offers ten different sports throughout the year. Practices are held once a week, lasting anywhere from nine to fifteen weeks, and are held at the Metzenbaum Center (unless stated otherwise). Practices are typically held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and parents/guardians are asked to pick up the athletes after practice. Some area events take place throughout the year; participants must compete in the area meet in order to attend the State meet.
Athletes must be at least eight years old and have an application signed by their physician to participate. If you would like to know more about the Special Olympics program, whether it be competing or volunteering, please contact the Recreation Department at The Metzenbaum Center.
Team bowling begins in the beginning of September and runs through the end of October. A team consists of two or four players. The state meet for this sport is the end of October. Practices are held at Ernst Lanes.
Swimming begins in the beginning of October and runs through the middle of December. Practice is normally at Wembley Club in Bainbridge. The area event is the beginning of November and the State meet is the middle of December.
Basketball begins in the middle of November and runs through the end of March. There are many games scheduled against other organizations throughout the season. The playoffs take place during the end of February. If Metzenbaum Center athletes win, they proceed to the State Championship at the end of March.
Individual bowling begins in March and runs through May. Practices are held at Ernst Lanes. The area event takes place in May.
Volleyball begins in the beginning of April and runs through the end of June. It is slightly modified, so that the ball is bigger and softer and the server may move into the court to serve the ball. The area event is in the beginning of May.
Track and Field
Track and Field begins in the beginning of April and runs through the end of June. There are all sorts of events that are offered, including walking, running, wheelchair competition, softball throw, long jump and relays. The area event is in the beginning of May.
Soccer begins in the middle of April and runs through the beginning of June. The games are played with two teams consisting of five players each with one player as goalkeeper.
Softball begins in the middle of July and runs through mid-September. A team consists of no more than 15 players. Games are scheduled against other teams throughout the season. The area event is held in August and the State event takes place in the middle of September.
Golf begins in the beginning June and runs through the beginning of July. This is a unified sport, meaning each athlete is paired up with a partner from the community. They use one ball and will alternate shots until the ball is holed out. The area event is at the beginning of August in Olmstead Falls..
Families and Friends of Metzenbaum Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization comprised of family members, professionals and interested persons wishing to serve on behalf of individuals who have developmental disabilities in Geauga County.
Our mission: Provide mutual support for those who care for our special children and financial support to enrich the lives of the students and clients we serve.
Each year, we host a major fundraiser, the Quilt and Craft Auction, usually held the first Saturday of November. The proceeds of this fundraiser go to individual programming areas by request in an effort to supplement needs not typically budgeted for in funds from the county board budget.
Maple Leaf Community Residences, Inc. (MLCRI) is a non-profit Ohio corporation created for the sole purpose of providing and maintaining residential housing in the community for Geauga County individuals with developmental disabilities. Its Mission is "to provide quality, safe, affordable residential housing to persons with developmental disabilities" residing in Geauga County, Ohio.
MLCRI owns 18 homes located in Chesterland, Novelty, Munson, Burton, Hambden, Chardon, Russell, Middlefield and Bainbridge, serving over 50 individuals with developmental disabilities.
The County Board works closely with MLCRI in order to locate, purchase and maintain small community houses for individuals with developmental disabilities who are on Supported Living and IO Waivers. Currently, MLCRI maintains 18 homes throughout Geauga County. The houses are purchased with funds from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODoDD) and the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (GCBDD). GCBDD currently contracts with MLCRI to act as landlord to the individuals living in the homes. For more information about MLCRI, please visit its website at http://www.mlcr.org/.
The Metzenbaum Center is proud to be a partner and supporter of DDC Clinic. We work closely with them to provide the best possible care for our clients.
DDC Clinic - Center for Special Needs Children is a non-profit primary care and research facility, serving patients with complex medical needs. It was established to help children with rare genetic disorders that are difficult and time-consuming to diagnose and treat. DDC Clinic was founded on the concept of medical home, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the principle that no child would ever be turned away from the medical care he or she needs because of the family’s ability to pay.
DDC Clinic provides medical services for patients with over 70 different rare conditions. It is recognized as a leading international medical facility for such complex disorders as:
• Prolidase deficiency
• Cohen syndrome
• Ganglioside GM3 synthase deficiency
• Glucose-galactose malabsorption
• TMCO1 defect syndrome
• SAMS association
To learn more, visit its website at: www.ddcclinic.org.
The Metzenbaum Center's Aktion Club is one of the first in Northeast Ohio. Aktion Clubs draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs.
Motto: Where development has no disability.
Vision: To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.
Mission: To provide adults living with disabilities with an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills and to serve their communities.
MSI, Inc., or The MSI Workshop, subcontracts services to local businesses and industries. We employ Geauga County adults with developmental disabilities to perform various per-hour or piece-rate jobs. These companies receive quality work at a competitive price; and individuals with developmental disabilities have opportunities to develop vocational and social skills while earning a paycheck.
Projects at MSI include kitting, packaging, heat sealing, bagging and boxing, assembly, mailing, presorting and production of hardware kits.
Our goal is to provide opportunity to individuals with developmental disabilities in Geauga County. We strive to develop our work force to move from our facilities to employment in the community.
MSI contracts with local and national companies such as:
Giant Eagle, Walmart, Apex Box It, Chagrin Hearing Center, Coyne Textile Services, Inc., Dillen Products, Par One
MSI, Inc. welcomes opportunities for companies to bid! Please call us at 440.729.9406 to speak with our MSI Manager, or for more information.
The Metzenbaum Foundation
Families & Friends of Metzenbaum Center
Maple Leaf Residences