People Helping People is a list of charitable causes in our area that need donations or volunteers. The list ends New Year’s Day, but the charities’ needs do not. Please consider supporting the causes of your choice throughout the year.
Information about People Helping People and a list of causes already published can be found at www.ohio.com/charity.
Goodwill Industries, 570 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, OH 44319, helps individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.
It is seeking donations of gently used clothes, furniture, books and household items. It also seeks monetary donations to its Mission Services fund, which helps people find work or train for a new job, receive an emergency Goodwill store gift card to shop for clothing or listen to WEYE radio reading service.
Contact Jennifer Bako at 330-786-2519; 800-989-8428, ext. 101; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organization’s website is www.goodwillakron.org.
The Peter Maurin Center, 1096 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44301, is a drop-in center where disadvantaged people can stop for a welcoming smile, a cup of coffee or juice, a bite to eat and an attentive ear to listen to their concerns.
The center is seeking donations of cash; one- and two-person tents; sleeping bags; new and gently used winter coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and heavy socks; taxable grocery store items such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels; food storage containers such as plastic wrap and sandwich bags; and individual-size personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap and shaving supplies. Items may be dropped off from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
In addition, the center needs volunteers.
Younger volunteers must be at least middle-school age and be accompanied by an adult.
For information, contact David Churbock at 330-328-3199 or Dchurbock8@aol.com.
The center’s website is www.petermaurincenter.org.