People Helping People is a list of charitable causes in our area that need donations or volunteers. The list ends New Yearís Day, but the charitiesí 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

Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, 53 University Ave., fourth floor, Akron, OH 44308, is a proactive nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safer environment for children.

GASP needs volunteers for a variety of tasks, such as participating in programs designed to protect children from dangerous situations, helping at fingerprinting/ID events, observing in court at the sentencing of sex offenders, educating children and parents at events and searching for missing children.

It also needs volunteers to help with fundraising and the marketing of GASP.

For information, call Debbie at 330-247-1402, email or visit

Beacon Journal Charity Fund Inc., 333 S. Main St., Suite 319, Akron, OH 44308, helps provide orthodontic treatment for needy children who are not eligible for assistance from other public or private organizations. It also funds the Dr. Milton Rubin Oral Health Education Program for third-graders in the Akron and Summit County schools.

The organization is seeking monetary donations. For information, call Judy Burkett, 330-253-7700.

The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties, 3869 Darrow Road, Suite 109, Stow, OH 44224, is an advocacy agency for people with developmental disabilities. It is seeking donations of money for advocacy efforts and disability awareness materials; grocery store gift cards, to be given to individuals having financial difficulties; gift cards for organic grocery stores, to be given to individuals with special dietary needs; stamps for informational mailings and general office supplies.

The organization also needs volunteers to help with events.

For information, email Carol Cottrill at

The organizationís website is