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

Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County, 812 Biruta St., Akron, OH 44307, provides programs to improve the lives of youth and families, older adults, people with developmental disabilities and those needing assistance meeting basic needs.

The organization is seeking donations of money and items for its recreational respite program for people with developmental disabilities, including board games, Wii games, magazines, puzzles and art supplies. A donation of $350 provides a full weekend of respite to a family, $150 provides one full day of respite and $50 provides one hour of nursing care for participants.

Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

For information, contact Tess Flannery at 330-762-2961, ext. 224, or The organizations’ website is

Heaven Can Wait, P.O. Box 4865, Akron, OH 44310, rescues animals from Summit County Animal Control and Ohio high-kill facilities, provides necessary medical and behavioral care, and then places the animals in permanent homes.

The organization is seeking donations of dry and wet dog and cat food, treats, scoopable cat litter, collars, leashes, dog beds, cat and dog toys, dog sweaters, ceramic or stainless-steel bowls, dog and cat flea preventative, shampoos, grooming supplies, crates, cages, kennels, food storage containers, dish soap, laundry soap, sponges, trash bags, paper towels, folding tables, a pop-up tent, a lawn mower, weed trimmer, postage stamps, envelopes, paper, money and pet store gift cards.

Items can be dropped off at any scheduled weekly event or on the porch of the Heaven Can Wait House, 51 Vesper St., Akron. For large items, contact the organization to request pickup.

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