Tuesday, December 3, 2019

As we move into the holiday season, it is often a time of thanks and joy, but for so many, the holidays are the most difficult. To bring awareness to this often-overlooked aspect of the season, we pose this question, “Does advocacy have a place at your holiday table”?

Your support allows us to continue to provide on-site crisis intervention services to victims of crime and trauma, 24/7/365. It allows us to provide court advocacy to victims navigating the court system, so they are not alone. It allows us to provide best practice and trauma informed trainings to allied professionals throughout our region to help them better serve our community.

The growth of our programs and the need to assist more victims is evident. The improved accessibility to our centralized location has increased the demand for our services. The needs of the community are huge. Victim Assistance Program must continue to grow our capacity in order to provide our crisis intervention, advocacy and education services to those who need it. And there is no shortage of those who need us. Last year our programs served 6,329 victims.

Show your support for Victim Assistance Program this Giving Tuesday, by:

  • Saving your donations until Giving Tuesday: December 3, 2019
  • Helping Victim Assistance Program go viral by sharing our #GivingTuesday posts on social media to raise awareness
  • Creating a #GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser on our behalf
Wayside Furniture's
After Thanksgiving Giving Event
Support Victim Assistance Program this holiday by bringing in a donation to Wayside Furniture and they will make a matching contribution up to $100 through Monday, December 2, 2019 or until $200,000* is given. Wayside will mail your donation along with their matching contribution.
Wayside Furniture
1367 Canton Rd.
Akron, OH 44312

Friday, November 29, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday November 30, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, December 2, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

*Wayside reserves the right to decline a match at it’s discretion. $200,000 = $100,000 from public, $100,000 from Wayside. Please no cash donations. Name, address and phone number will be required for each donation.
Angel Tree Ceremony
Monday, December 2, 2019
2019 Angel Tree Ceremony
Victim Assistance Program will hold their Annual Angel Tree Ceremony on Monday, December 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Community members, friends, and family members of homicide victims are invited to come to this heartwarming, encouraging event where they will have the opportunity to remember their loved ones, and place a special angel ornament on a tree for each individual lost to homicide. The Angel Tree Ceremony expects to see over 150 individuals to participate in this year’s event.

Family members and friends of homicide victims are asked to submit a photo of their loved one to display on the Wall of Remembrance. Both the Angel Trees and the Wall of Remembrance will be on display at the Akron-Summit County Public Library during the month of December.

Survivors may donate a picture (5x7) of their loved one by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330-376-7022.
Thanksgiving & Black Friday:
Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29, 2019

Christmas Eve & Day:
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 & Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Day:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Our offices will be closed in observance of the holidays but our advocates are always here to listen. Just call our 24/7 hotline at 330-376-0040 to speak with an advocate. Have a safe and happy holiday season!
ACME Community Cash Back Program

Save your ACME receipts from August 8, 2019 to December 28, 2019, and help Victim Assistance Program earn 5% cash back! Buy store brands at your local ACME and place your receipts in our collection box by February 7, 2020! You can also mail your receipts to us at:

Victim Assistance Program
ATTN: Advancement Department
137 S. Main Street, Suite 300
Akron, OH 44308

Download the flyer to look at all of the ACME Fresh Market Store Brands!
Mardi Gras Gala
Saturday, March 7, 2020
For the last 25+ years proceeds from our Mardi Gras Gala have directly impacted victims of crime and trauma in Summit County. The strong support of generous donors like you allow our advocates to provide 24-hour crime scene response, crisis intervention, and advocacy to over 6,300 victims a year.
On Saturday, March 7, 2020 over 400 guests will once again turn The Tangier in Akron into a night out on Bourbon Street. Guests will enjoy a gourmet meal, an open bar, live & silent auctions while helping us reach our fundraising goal of $130,000!

Our Mardi Gras Planning Committee is now hard at work ensuring that the event is a success! To learn more about how YOU can help make this year's Mardi Gras Gala a night to remember, click the link below.

For questions, contact us at: [email protected]