Community Connections

We've had some great opportunities to connect with our communities in the last few weeks! On August 28th, we were lucky enough to join friends and allies at the Akron Pride Festival. It was fantastic to see everyone come together to support our LGBTQIA+ community!

Just one week later, Vapsters were jamming to Jeff Klemm and Marc Lee Shannon at the Falls Downtown Fridays event hosted by the City of Cuyahoga Falls! With help from all who stopped by to enjoy great food, craft beer, and live music, we raised $5,000 to help us continue to serve victims of crime and trauma in Summit County!
SVAA 2021 Webinars
Services & Resiliency Series

Our Services & Resiliency Series are tailored for first responders, case workers, victim advocates, social workers, and any professionals encountering social services. These workshops are intended to provide information, resources, and practical skills to help professionals be trauma informed and to build resiliency in their personal and professional lives.
The Essentials of Victim Advocacy
September 27 - 30, 2021
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EST)

137 S. Main Street, Suite 301
Akron, Ohio 44308

The Essentials of Victim Advocacy is the only nationally approved comprehensive online and in-person training of its kind, offered in the state of Ohio, for assisting individuals in becoming a comprehensive National Credentialed Advocate.

Participants who complete this 40 hour course will become equipped to use NOVA’s (National Organization for Victim Assistance) crisis intervention model to assist individuals impacted by victimization or traumatic events. Additionally, participants will increase their knowledge about the judicial system, victims’ rights as well as resources available for both victims and the advocate providing the service.
Victim Assistance Program (VAP), the leading expert in crisis intervention for victims of crime and trauma in Northeast Ohio, is growing! As one of the first victim services agencies established in the United States, we are driven to expand the blueprint our founder established in 1972. We are always advancing, always changing, and always thinking of new ways to help victims of crime and trauma. If you are passionate about using your expertise to help create a world where all victims are healed, please apply today!

Victim Advocate | Full-Time | 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Mid-Shift Victim Advocate | Full-Time | 12:00PM - 8:00PM

Assistant Director of Community Engagement | Full-Time | 8:00AM - 4:00PM
AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities

Essentials Education VISTA | Full-Time
The Essential Education VISTA will help research, design, and implement diverse educational class modules to effectively prepare paraprofessionals to meet the unique needs of underserved BIPOC victims in their respective communities. Our ideal candidate possess an academic curiosity, natural empathy for marginalized communities, and the ability to create engaging educational content.

Resource Development VISTA | Full-Time
The Resource Development VISTA will help take our fundraising and friend-raising to the next level. This position will research, write grants, and pursue new partners to increase the agency’s long-term financial sustainability and capacity to serve victims in need. Our ideal candidate will be a creative, outgoing, and organized individual who desires to build lasting partnerships that further our heroic mission.
Residents and employees of Summit County need crisis intervention services to address the aftermath of their victimization or traumatic events before being able to engage in their everyday routines. Victim Assistance Program is the only agency in Summit County providing this immediate service, 24 hours a day.

As a SCCRT volunteer, you will provide trauma-informed services to victims, family members and communities impacted by crisis, violence, or tragedy, by offering immediate crisis intervention and advocacy via phone, chat, text, or in-person to address the aftermath of the client’s victimization.

Not all work is done on the front lines, as the needs of victims fluctuate from “all the time” to next to none. Providing crisis response and advocacy services are only a part of the impact you’ll have for our agency. During your downtime, not only will you help the agency complete much needed tasks, but you will have the opportunity to enhance your own skills through required trainings.
Acme Fresh Market shoppers, it is that time of the year again! Your purchases of store brands will us earn 5% cash back, which helps us reach and serve our clients. How does it work?
  1. Buy store brand at your local Acme Fresh Market and save your register receipts dated from August 5, 2021 - December 25, 2021. Invite your family and friends, too!
  2. Place your receipts in our collection boxes, located at all of our office locations, by January 25th or you can mail us your receipts!

Victim Assistance Program
137 S. Main Street, Suite 300
Akron, OH 44308