People Helping People is a list of charitable causes in our area that need donations or volunteers. The Beacon Journal has not investigated these causes, so donors should verify their worthiness and the tax-deductibility of contributions.

A link to a form for submitting requests to People Helping People can be found at, along with tips on researching charities and a list of causes already published.

Questions about submitting information? Call Mary Beth Breckenridge, 330-996-3756.

Community Support Services, 150 Cross St., Akron, OH 44311, provides comprehensive behavioral health care for people living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. It is seeking volunteers to help pack more than 1,600 holiday gift bags for clients from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Children may participate if they are able to follow simple directions.

To volunteer, call 330-996-9141, ext. 169, or email

The agency’s website is

Good Neighbors Akron Food Center, 1453 Goodyear Blvd., Akron, OH 44305, provides food and clothing to needy people who have referrals.

The organization is seeking donations of money, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, food, clothing (particularly men’s and children’s) and gifts for people of all ages.

The organization has seven locations throughout Summit County. Call the main office at 330-733-1453 for hours and locations.

Young Black Professionals Coalition is sponsoring its sixth annual Strikes 4 Hunger charity bowling outing today at AMF Riviera Lanes, 20 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn. The outing raises money for OPEN M mission.

From 5 to 8 p.m., youth ages 5 to 17 can bowl for $10, or $7 plus five canned goods or nonperishable food items. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., adults can bowl for $20, or $15 plus 10 canned or nonperishable foods.

The admission prices cover unlimited bowling and shoe rental. DJ Mr. King will provide music.

Information is at