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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

7:30 - 9 a.m.
United Way #GivingTuesday Doorbuster Event!
Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday in a light-hearted way! The United Way #GivingTuesday Doorbuster Event is our tongue-in-cheek response to shoppers who stand in line for hours – even days – for Black Friday sales.

We thought - "Wouldn’t it be great if folks queued-up in the same way to be the first to give on #GivingTuesday"? So we created a parody where they do. But the kicker is, we also are taking it to reality. With a live event at United Way offices on the morning of #GivingTuesday.

Join the Facebook event to join the fun and watch daily as the spoof unfolds beginning on Tuesday, November 25th... then, don’t miss out on the real thing on December 2nd. Come on down and help us take our #parody2reality!

United Way #GivingTuesday Doorbuster Event  #uwscdoorbuster

Enjoy Live Music, An #unselfie Photo Station, Being part of the bigger picture (of people lining up to give!) While Supplies Last: LIVE UNITED T-Shirts, Coffee, Cider and Doughnuts

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United Way of Summit County Offices
90 North Prospect Street
Akron, OH 44304

This #GivingTuesday, you can Give, you can Advocate, you can Volunteer (to pass out doughnuts). Invite your friends! #givingtuesday #uwscdoorbuster #parody2reality 

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Throughout the
holiday season
Christmas Assistance Program, Christmas Clearinghouse
For many area families, holiday time brings additional stress. Stress about putting a holiday meal together. Stress about buying toys or clothes for the children in the family. When there’s not enough money during non-holiday times, how can a family make it through Thanksgiving and Christmas? The Salvation Army of Summit County is just one of many area organizations and churches who step in to make the holidays a little brighter for needy families. But they are the only area organization to operate as a clearing house for these families, working with other organizations to ensure that each family receives the help they need without duplicating local charitable efforts.

According to Cheryl Knerien, Christmas Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army, the goal is to make sure that every family who needs assistance can receive it. “We know that every organization needs to be fiscally responsible for their dollars. By using this clearinghouse, we can help each agency stretch their assistance dollars to help those who need it most,” she said.

The Salvation Army is celebrating its 130th year in Akron serving the needs of Summit County. Its goals are to interrupt and break the cycle of poverty in our community, enabling economic self-sufficiency and active contributions to the social, economic and spiritual well-being of the community; to serve as a unifying force that is welcomed by, respected by and able to bring together all elements of our community from those in a position to give to those in a place of need; and to instill hope in all whom we touch, recipients or donors of our services. Our administrative offices are located at 190 South Maple Street with Corps located in Akron and Barberton.
The Salvation Army in Summit County

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program, or the Christmas Clearninghouse, or to volunteer please call 330-762-8481, ext 105 or visit

December 1, 2014 thru March 1, 2015

9-12 p.m. Monday-Thursday

Winter Season Distribution
L.I.N.K.S. Community and Family Services , 741 Upson St. Akron, Oh 44305
L.I.N.K.S. Community and Family Services will be providing free blankets, sheets, pillows, curtains, towels and face clothes, and small household items for as long as they last. L.I.N.K.S replenishes items weekly.


  • By appointment only

  • Must meet the Ohio Poverty Income Guidelines
    ID, proof of living in Summit County and proof of income

  • Individuals or families are allowed one visit per household per distribution year.

L.I.N.K.S. Community and Family Services (L.I.N.K.S.)

Contact person: Yolanda Parker
Phone Number: 330-794-7948

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Doors open at 5:30
Dinner at 6:30

Pregnancy Care’s Annual Christmas Auction “Away in a Manger”
Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron

The evening will include dinner, dessert, silent auction, and raffles. $30.00 per person. Please make your reservations by November 21, 2014

Pregnancy Care of Summit County

For more information contact Shannon Collins at 330-253-4071 or

Friday, December 5, 2014,

Social Hour 6 p.m., Dinner 7 p.m.

Catholic Commission of Summit County 36th Annual Bishop William Cosgrove Justice Dinner and Silent Auction
St. Matthew Church, Fr. Silva Center, 2580 Bern Avenue, Akron.


Catholic Charities, Summit County
Saturday, December 13, 2014

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1st Annual Angel Tree Christmas Celebration
Ohio Means Jobs Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron

Your generous donation will help bring a smile to a child whose parent/guardian is incarcerated this holiday season. We will begin distributing names of children on Monday, November 3, 2014.
Summit County Reentry Network

To volunteer or sponsor a child please reach out to Chalanda Hale at or call 330.643.2443.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

5:30pm VIP Reception, 6:30pm Dinner

19th Annual Acts of Courage Hero Awards and H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

Each year the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties recognizes the heroism of area residents at the Acts of Courage Hero Awards. These residents act courageously in a time of emergency to save the life of someone else. The event is also a platform to present the H. Peter Burg Award to community members who have been selfless in service to the community.  This year’s recipient is William Ginter, who demonstrates a lifelong commitment to humanitarian causes, charitable organizations and the vitality and welfare of the local community.

American Red Cross

For more information, visit or call Shelley Sprang 330.535.2224.

For more events, visit the Akron Community Foundation Calendar of Events,

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90 North Prospect Street
< Akron, OH 44304-1273 < Phone: 330.762.7601

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