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 www.ohio.com/charity, along with tips on researching charities and a list of causes already published.

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

Park Little Shepherd Preschool, 2308 24th St. SW, Akron, OH 44314, makes low- or no-cost preschool available to children and provides families with support and encouragement in a Christian environment.

The preschool is seeking monetary donations to keep its Subsidized Sliding Scale Tuition Assistance Program available to as many families as possible. It is also seeking donations of craft materials, used ink cartridges, Acme Community Cash Back receipts, Labels for Education, old cellphones and Box Tops for Education.

For information, call 330-745-8950 or email parkls@sbcglobal.net.

Akron Childrenís Hospitalís Reach Out and Read Program is collecting new books for children ages 6 months to 5 years at Barnes and Noble, 4015 Medina Road in the Montrose area of Bath Township.

Books are distributed to the hospitalís pediatrics primary care offices and Locust Pediatric Group to give to children during well-child visits. As part of the program, pediatricians and nurses encourage parents to read to children regularly to boost speech and language skills and to help prepare the children for school.

For information, contact Karen Carbaugh at 330-543-8068 or kcarbaugh@chmca.org.

First Book - Greater Akron, 691 Shook Road, Akron, OH 44319, is an all-volunteer organization that gives new books to impoverished children and students from birth to age 18. It is seeking donations of money or books, as well as volunteers. The group meets one evening a month.

For information, email Chuck Bell at chuckbell3096@hotmail.com or visit www.firstbook.org/greaterakron.