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Annual Angel Tree Ceremony

Victim Assistance Program’s Annual Angel Tree Ceremony will be held virtually on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The virtual format will ensure that community members, friends, and family members of homicide victims can safely come together to honor the memory of over 1,000 victims lost in Summit County due to violence over the last 25 years.


The live event will be hosted through Victim Assistance Program’s Facebook page – CLICK HERE – and a recording of the program will be available on the agency’s YouTube channel and website. VAP invites the community to follow along with the event by downloading the event program, which will be posted on December 7, 2020.


Download the 2020 Angel Tree Ceremony Program


Prior to the virtual event, family members and friends are encouraged to contribute a photo of their loved one for the memorial video and Wall of Remembrance by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330.376.7022 ext. 218 or emailing their photo with their loved one’s information to Please send all photos prior to 12:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2020.


The Angel Trees and the Wall of Remembrance will be displayed at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 South High Street in Akron, throughout the month of December. Family members and friends are encouraged to visit the display to view their loved ones’ angel ornaments, which will be placed on the trees with care, by Victim Assistance Program advocates.

How VAP can help

Victim Assistance Program’s Navigating Loss Guide


Individual Crisis Intervention

  • We provide this FREE service via phone, chat and in person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No appointment necessary.

Group Crisis Intervention

  • We facilitate group intervention sessions to help communities address the aftermath of a victimization and/or tragedy.

On Scene Response

  • We provide on-scene assistance and work alongside first responders to alleviate the emotional concerns and questions of victims.


Personal Advocacy

  • Our advocates will give you options to make informed decisions about your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
  • Our advocates will educate and inform you on all available community resources.

Court Advocacy

  • Our advocates will support you through the justice system.

Victim Rights Advocacy

  • Our advocates engage in the legislative process to maintain, protect, and enhance the rights of victims of crime and trauma.
  • Our advocates provide education as to your rights as a victim.

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