Community Outreach

The FEST is more than a day!

The FEST has created several outreach movements in our region over the past decade. Read about them below!

Alpha Village

Alpha Village is a movement. It is a collection of organizations from across our region committed to serving those in your neighborhood.

Alpha Village is a collection of churches, non profits, businesses and other organizations from our area. Saint Ambrose Parish in Brunswick and the FEST coordinate the outreach movement.

Alpha Village is committed to performing minor home repairs, landscaping and neighborhood clean ups. We also periodically collect and distribute coats to children and families, as well as hams and food items. In the near future we hope to facilitate leadership development in the area, and connect local residents with local non profits who can help them with their daily and long term needs. The goal is to lift up a neighborhood at a time.


Greater Than Heroin

Greater than Heroin is a group of civic and religious leaders from Northeast Ohio committed to addressing the heroin epidemic through understanding, collaboration, and awareness.

  • Understanding through care, compassion, and support.
  • Collaboration through community engagement and coalition building.
  • Awareness through community education and resources

It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior.

In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.

– National Institute on Drug Abuse


  John 17 NEO Movement

Complete unity! That’s the vision of Jesus Christ for us as Church. In this passage from John 17, Jesus prays for all believers that each may have a oneness with the Lord and – together – all believers will be one in the mind – and heart – and service of Christ.

The John 17 Movement is an expression of many believers who are working together to strengthen the bonds of unity among the community of believers. It is also a resource to help us work better together to build up the Body of Christ. We aim to continue the work and mission that Jesus entrusted to our care.

Christ’s vision is clearly unity, which we need need in order to address the challenges of our times.

May God bless our efforts to unite together as the Church and build a better, more peaceful, and just world for all.


Be Kind® Stick Together®!

Project Love, Duck Tape/Shurtech and The FEST are working to combat bullying and negative behaviors.

Twenty-three schools in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland have already pledged to Be Kind® Stick Together® against bullying!

For those schools who have presented the Be Kind® Stick Together® character education program, you know the value of its fun and different message of exploring and learning concepts of kindness to empower students and strengthen your school’s culture.

Be part of this effort and let’s lead the way toward positive behaviors, kindness,and sharing the light of the Lord.

This program is SO easy to implement and all materials are provided for you free of charge. In addition, you will receive biweekly messages throughout the school year to share as reminders for your school community. For those who have presented already, you can recommit to Be Kind® Stick Together® .

We are better together – let’s share the strength and vibrancy of our Catholic schools!

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