Each person is a branch of strength within the community. Strong branches make a strong community!

Partner Agencies

Please see below a list of our partner agencies, many of which have volunteer opportunities. Volunteers play a vital role in our work. Every time you volunteer, you will leave knowing that you have helped our neighbors in need.

ACCESS Shelter

ACCESS is dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless women and children in our community. The agency encourages the development of self-esteem and the attainment of self-sufficiency through its commitment to providing a holistic, safe and supportive environment, and through its programs of housing, advocacy and empowerment.

Akron Aids Collaborative

The mission of the Akron AIDS is to broaden the network of caring organizations in the minority community, to influence social norms that contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and to increase advocacy for social services for people of color who are living with HIV/AIDS and people who have suffered from sexual orientation stigma within the African American community.

Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron Children’s Hospital is a pediatric acute care hospital in Northeast Ohio that provides care to infants, children, adolescents, young adults, aged 0–21 and even some older adults

Akron City Fire Department

The Akron Fire Department exists to protect the lives, property, and environment within our community by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and hazardous conditions.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority provides quality, affordable housing as a platform to develop people, property and community. We envision a community that fosters individual development and growth through stable, affordable housing empowering all citizens to reach their full potential

Akron Police Department

Its mission is to serve the community of Akron in a collaborative effort to enhance the quality of life through crime prevention, enforcement of laws, promotion of safety, and reduction of fear.

Akron Snow Angels

Akron Snow Angels spreads warmth and connects with the most vulnerable in the community by providing essentials and fostering compassionate friendships while inspiring others to do the same.

CANAPI

The mission of the Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative is to serve and promote the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) community and persons at risk and/or affected by HIV through education, support services, quality housing, and advocacy.

City of Akron

City of Barberton

City of Cuyahoga Falls

Community Health Center

Community Health Center is a health care agency providing critical care to those fighting addictions.

Community Legal Aid

A non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in central northeast Ohio

Community Support Services

Established in 1988, Community Support Services provides healthcare and hope for adults living with severe and persistent mental illnesses in Summit County. Last year, CSS provided life-changing services to more than 3,100 clients.

Fair Housing Contact Services

Fair Housing Contact Service (FHCS) is a local, non-profit, community-based organization that addresses issues of housing discrimination, tenant-landlord concerns, and provides housing counseling for home buyers and home owners. Its mission is to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination and promote equal housing opportunity.

Family & Community Services

Family & Community Services, Inc. seeks to strengthen, empower and enrich the lives of individuals and families through a broad continuum of services. The agency offers many services including, but not limited to, hot meals and groceries, shelters for the homeless, emergency housing services, veterans’ assistance, services for children, aid for domestic violence victims, community outreach, programs for seniors, and full clinical services counseling, case management, psychiatry and addiction services.

Family Promise

Family Promise of Summit County helps homeless families with children stay together and achieve sustainable independence.

Freedom BLOC

BLOC was created to build Black political power independent of the current two-party political apparatus. To do this, they are developing a massive Black base that identifies BLOC as the vehicle for collective political expression. BLOC aims to educate the Black electorate and the broader Black community on issues impacting their lives. Their focus is to educate, empower, activate and turn out Black people to realize their political power. They are building a foundation in the community and they seek to serve as the home of Black political thought and ideology.

Harmony House

Harmony House is an emergency supportive housing ministry for young men and women ages 18-26. Harmony House provides both emergency and transitional housing, and is the only ministry of its kind in Summit County, unique because of the structure and support it offers.

Haven of Rest

The purpose of Haven of Rest is to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered, life-changing programs of love and compassion that respond to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of men, women and children without regard to their race, color, creed or social standing.

Hope Farm Inc

Hope Farm Inc. is focused on caring for people who are currently homeless, marginalized, and feeling hopeless. It’s mission is to provide food, clothing, and supplies as we cultivate relationships between the homeless population and committed volunteers.

Hope & Healing/BWS

The mission of the Hope & Healing/BWS is to lead the community in the prevention of domestic abuse by providing emergency shelter, advocacy, and education throughout Summit and Medina counties in an effort to break the cycle of abuse and help promote peace in every family.

HM Life Opportunity Services

Its mission is to promote and strengthen the self-sufficiency of individuals and families, especially the poor, through advocacy, supportive services and quality housing.

JoAnna House II

Addressing the barrier of homelessness for individuals in recovery through supportive sober housing with programming that includes identification and education on issues of addiction, mental disorders, and social economics.

Legacy III

Legacy III exists to provide supportive housing services to homeless women in Summit County who are in recovery from chronic substance abuse, mental health disorders, or physical disabilities. The agency assists our program participants in re-establishing stability in their lives, advocating for themselves, and becoming economically self-sufficient members of society. Legacy III is able to successfully carry out its mission through guidance from the Board of Directors, committed staff, support from funders, and the efforts of program participants.

NIRSE (The EXIT Program)

To help formerly incarcerated men and women rebuild their lives and become law-abiding citizens by providing access and support through transitional housing and treatment services upon post release from prison.

North Coast Community Homes

In 1984, North Coast Community Homes (NCCH) was created with the mission to develop and maintain safe, high quality homes in Northeast Ohio for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness and other disabilities. Many of the wonderful individuals we serve have no family or have aging parents who can’t as easily meet the growing demands for care. In keeping with its mission, its homes are safe, comfortable, and affordable, and are designed to empower persons with disabilities to live fuller, more independent lives.

Summit County Department of Job and Family Services

SCDJFS is charged with executing various programs to help people with certain financial, medical and social services.

Oriana House, Inc.

Oriana House believes alcoholism and chemical dependency are diseases that require an individual’s continuous commitment to recovery over the course of his or her life. Its programming sends individuals on a multi-step journey to rehabilitation through their own admission of a problem, abstinence, avoidance of relapse, and a daily dedication to recovery. We are proud to be a part of this process and to assist individuals in regaining control of their lives.

Peter Maurin Center

A non-profit charitable organization passionate about serving those in need in the Greater Akron area with prepared meals, clothing, friendships, and warm hearts.

Project Rise (Akron Public Schools)

Project Rise helps students experiencing homelessness stay in school and on track. A collaboration among Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the community, Project Rise empowers students and families to improve the quality of their lives through educational, cultural and community support services and resources.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army not only provides for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter but also invests its time in the human spirit by offering counseling, education programs, recovery/support programs, and spiritual support for those willing to accept it.

Shelter Care

To meet the needs of the community by empowering youth and families through community mental health services that include residential and non-residential treatment for youth between the ages of 6 and 21 years who manifest emotional, behavioral or social adjustment problems. Youth may be referred for treatment as a self-referral or by the family; child welfare, juvenile justice or mental health systems. Services provided include housing; clothing; food; mental health assessments; individual, family and group counseling; community psychiatric supportive treatment; education and employment opportunities; recreation; transportation; medical and psychological care; and full-time supervision.

Stark State College

Stark State College is a public community college in Stark County, Ohio. The college offers 230 majors, options, one-year certificates, and career enhancement certificates.

Summit County

Summit County Children Services

SCCS is a public child welfare agency committed to the safety, permanency and well-being of all children served, in partnership with families and the community.

Summit County Juvenile Court

By networking with the wealth of social service agencies in Summit County and enhancing, expanding and creating programs within the court, Summit County Juvenile Court can provide our at-risk youths with useful alternatives.

Summit County Public Health

Summit County Public Health is committed to protecting the well-being of the entire community through programs and activities designed to keep you healthy.

Tarry House

Tarry House, Inc. provides quality consumer-driven and family-supported residential recovery services to assist persons with severe mental illness to maximize independence.

The County of Summit ADM Board

The County of Summit ADM Board provides a client-centered path to recovery by ensuring treatment, prevention, and support services are available when individuals and families need it in our community.

The Homeless Charity

The Homeless Charity offers transitional support services that bridge the gap between street living and home living

The Homeless Charity & Village

The Homeless Charity seeks to meet the homeless where they are today to get them to where they want to go tomorrow by offering transitional support services that bridge the gap between street living and home living. The Homeless Charity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Akron, OH with both a national interest and local focus on seeking innovative ways to end homelessness.

Tow Path Trail High School

Towpath Trail is a unique high school serving students ages 16-21 who have been failed by traditional schools.

Truly Reaching You Inc

Truly Reaching You (TRY) is a relationship-based reentry ministry serving men who have “done their time” and are ready to return to family and community.

United Way

United Way envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.

University of Akron

The University of Akron is a public research university in Akron, Ohio. It is part of the University System of Ohio.

VA Community Resource & Referral Centers (CRRCs)

CRRCs are strategically placed facilities that offer a “one-stop” environment for Veterans who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. CRRCs are established in collaboration with local community, state, and other federal partners who provide services to the homeless. The CRRCs are designed to facilitate access to participating services, such as outreach/case management, VA and non-VA benefits, vocational services, treatment, shelter, residential care, and housing. Immediate services include showers, laundry, storage, food donations, transportation, and phone and internet access.

Victim Assistance Program

Provides 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, and education to victims of crime and trauma and the professional community who serves this population.