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.

A Summit County Crisis Response Team volunteer provides trauma-informed services to victims, family members and communities, impacted by crisis, violence, or tragedy. Crisis Response Team volunteers offer immediate crisis intervention and advocacy via phone, chat, text, or in-person to address the aftermath of the client’s victimization.

Becoming a member of the Summit County crisis response team is a commitment we don’t take lightly. We require ongoing free training to ensure all clients are provided with superior, trauma informed services by someone who is confident and skilled enough to do so. Volunteers can only build confidence through practice, exposure, and experience, all three things you will gain while fulfilling your minimum 16 hours of work per month. If you are up for the commitment, apply today! We can’t wait to get started!
SVAA 2021 Webinars - Services Series
Mask Up!: Building & Maintaining Trust with a Mask On
January 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

If you work with the public as a social worker, an advocate, or a counselor, you know people are hurting right now. Unfortunately, building rapport and conveying empathy is more challenging than ever before. Spend an hour learning how to connect with clients while wearing a mask.
The Essentials of Victim Advocacy
June 1 - 9, 2021 | Virtual Classroom

Course Schedule
June 1 - June 3 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
June 5 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
June 7 - June 9 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us online for this session of The Essentials of Victim Advocacy! Our 100% digital curriculum was developed to ensure the safety of our training team and our class participants, complete with a virtual classroom and recorded sessions.

Each student will receive an Essentials Student Home Care Box, equipped with everything you will need for the week!

During this virtual session, the same expert training team will teach you the tools needed to provide crisis intervention to individuals who have experienced trauma.

Enhance your skills with group practice role-play sessions with trained coaches. You will receive individual coaching and feedback to ensure that you are comfortable translating the knowledge learned during this session into practical applications!

Note: Participants are encouraged to register prior to May 24th to ensure that the Essentials Student Home Care Box arrives prior to the first day of the session.
2021 Mardi Gras Gala Presented by Leppo Rents
Victim Assistance Program & Leppo Rents invite you to
A Virtual Bourbon Street Extravaganza
Saturday, March 6, 2021

For the first time ever, this Bourbon Street extravaganza is going virtual. Attendees can expect food, drinks, awards, auctions, games, and plenty of opportunities to donate throughout the night. We’ve partnered with some great local companies and vendors this year.

We are proud to announce Leppo Rents as this year's Mardi Gras Gala Presenting Sponsor! Please join us in thanking Leppo Rents for their continued support and generosity!
Bernard I. Rosen Community Service Award
Sylvia Trundle
Akron Police Captain Sylvia Trundle joined the force in 1989. After a 35-year career in law enforcement (28 years city of Akron, 7 years city of Fairlawn), she retired June 30, 2017. During and after her tenure, Sylvia continues to embody community, always striving to enhance the place for which we live, work, and play.

She most recently served in police administration as Captain of Patrol Operations. Her responsibilities included School Resource Officers, Traffic Division, Community Relations, Court Security, K-9’s, and Reserve Officers. She previously served as a Platoon Commander, Public Information Officer, Detective-Sergeant Juvenile Bureau and a Sergeant in Community Relations. Some of her favorite special assignments included SWAT and Vice Unit decoy operation.

A graduate of the University of Akron, the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership College, and Leadership Akron Class 25, Sylvia also had the distinction of becoming the first full-time spokesperson for Akron police in its 140-year history.

A former board member for Victim Assistance Program, Sylvia has dedicated her time to many organizations throughout the Akron area, including the Akron Community Foundation, United Way, OPEN M, AAA Akron, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Oriana House, Habitat for Humanity, Truly Reaching You Ministries, and Girls on the Run.
Ticket Opportunities
$250: Reveler Patron Package - Not a business but still want to enjoy the perks of a sponsorship? This featured package comes with all of the benefits of our Reveler Sponsorship, including Event Recognition, (2) Small Plates, (2) Bottles of Wine, (2) Local Swag Bags, and (2) Digital Tickets! Come Revel with VAP!

$75 Ticket Package - (1) Small Plate, (1) Bottle of Wine, (1) Local Swag Bag, and (1) Digital Ticket

$40 Ticket Package - (1) Bottle of Wine, (1) Local Swag Bag, and (1) Digital Ticket

$25 Digital Ticket Only
How You Can Help
Will you join in to reach our goal of $100,000 this year?
For the last 29 years, proceeds from our annual Mardi Gras Gala have directly impacted victims of crime and trauma in Summit County. The strong support of generous donors like you, allow our team to provide 24-hour crime scene response, advocacy and education to over 6,000 individuals a year.
Our offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day but our advocates are always here to listen.

Just call our 24/7 hotline to speak with an advocate.


Have a safe and happy holidays!