a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization serving Summit County, Ohio
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April 2018

Cell Phone Donation Drive

April 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

April 9th - 30th, you can donate gently used cellphones and chargers at Citizen Green Electronics and Repairs, 1675 State Rd in Cuyahoga Falls. Victim Assistance Program annually supports 6,000 Summit County residents who have been victimized by a crime or trauma. Individuals and families in Victim Assistance Program’s care recovering from a crisis, often have had to immediately leave their valuables and basic necessities behind, cell phones included, in order to be safe. This leaves many without a way…

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Luncheon

April 12, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

NCVRW LUNCHEON Victim Assistance Program organizes an annual National Crime Victims’ Right Week Luncheon in an effort to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors within Summit County. The Luncheon also provides an opportunity to recognize the members of the community who actively work to address and battle the challenges still facing victims of crime today. This year’s event features keynote speaker, Senator Frank LaRose, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 133. This legislation aims…

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May 2018

Mother’s Day Fundraiser

May 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us Thursday, May 10th at Gwendolyn Elizabeth in Hudson, Ohio for a Happy Hour and shopping event to benefit Victim Assistance Program. Gather your friends and neighbors to enjoy an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, prizes, entertainment, and discounts! All fundraising proceeds will go to Victim Assistance Program!

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July 2018

Stars and Stripes: Honoring Our Local Heroes Event

July 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The City of Cuyahoga Falls is hosting a Stars & Stripes event to recognize the efforts of public safety officials who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We are helping out the effort and are in need of beer pouring and ticket sale volunteers. By volunteering, you will help us to raise funds and get our name out in the community! Volunteer to help VAP at The Stars and Stripes event will benefit Victim Assistance Program. “We…

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August 2018

National Night Out Against Crime

August 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, August 7th from 5 pm – 8 pm, help us spread the word about our services at National Night Out locations throughout Summit County! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

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Summit For Kids

August 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

On Saturday, August 18th from 10 am – 3 pm, help us spread the word about our programs and services at the Summit for Kids Family Expo! Sign Up!

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Akron Pride Festival

August 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Saturday, August 25th from 12 pm – 6 pm, help us spread the word about our programs and services at the Akron Pride Festival! Sign up!  

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September 2018

Chipotle Fundraiser

September 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at Chipotle for a fundraiser to support Victim Assistance Program! Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Victim Assistance Program! Download Flyer!

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20th Anniversary Celebration – Open House

September 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us on Thursday, September 20th from 2 pm  - 4 pm for an Open House to celebrate Victim Assistance Progam's  20 years of serving the community at our Barberton location. Stop in and enjoy special refreshments, see our new space and learn more about what we do & how we can work together to empower our community to restore lives impacted by crisis, violence, and tragedy.

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3rd Annual Responding to the Needs of Victims Conference

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Featuring: Internationally recognized experts Chief Thomas R. Tremblay (ret) and Lt. Mark Wynn (ret) OBJECTIVES Define trauma in the context of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Understand how victim trauma can impact your response, investigation and prosecution. Identify successful first response and communication strategies across the multi-disciplinary team to promote victim empowerment and encourage continuation in the criminal justice system. Understand criminal sexual offender behaviors and course of conduct and develop investigative strategies that focus on offender behaviors. Understand…

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Barberton Mum Festival

September 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Help us spread the word about our programs and services at the Barberton Mum Festival, a two-day event that highlights local organizations within our community. The Barberton Mum Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th, and Sunday, September 30th. Sign Up!

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October 2018

Moving Forward Together VIP Hard Hat Tour

October 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re Moving! We invite you to an exclusive private preview of our soon to be new location. Help to ignite our fundraising efforts, enjoy a special cocktail reception with hors-d'oeuvres, and learn more about our plans for the future. While responding to the needs of our community, we have sadly outgrown our historic home on Furnace Street. Since 1972, Victim Assistance Program has helped thousands of individuals transition from hardship to healing. In 2017, our crisis intervention and advocacy services…

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November 2018

Wayside Furniture’s After Thanksgiving Giving Event

November 23, 2018 - November 26, 2018

Wayside will match your donation to Victim Assistance Program up to $100! Vistit…/movingforward/ to dowload a pledge card and be sure to take it to Wayside on Friday, November 23th – Monday, November 26th or until $200,000 is given ($100,000 from the public and $100,000 from Wayside). An Important Message from Wayside: Sorry, no cash or credit cards. Name, address, and phone number will be required for each donation. No mass or mailed in donations. I.e. one donation per charity per…

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November 27, 2018

We will be participating in the annual online campaign #Giving Tuesday! On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and student around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. In 2017, $274 million was graciously donated worldwide. We'll be having a fundraiser throughout the day to celebrate the cause. #GivingTuesday is a great way for people to engage the community and become part of a larger, worldwide movement that promotes generosity,…

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April 2019

Community Open House

April 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us at our new location as we celebrate the progress made by those before us & look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed. New Building Tours Dedication of the Dr. Bob Denton Training Facility Presentation of the Rev. Dr. Robert Denton Outstanding Victim Service Award Light Refreshments *Program will begin at 5 pm Recommended Parking: Summit County Parking Deck 200 S High St. Akron, OH 44308 CitiCenter Parking Deck 132 S…

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August 2019

K.N.A.F.F. Picnic

August 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for the 2019 K.N.A.F.F. (Kids Need a Firm Foundation) Picnic! Children ages 17 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to come spend a fun, free afternoon with law enforcement that includes games, fishing, exciting prizes, great food, and more! Hosted by: Victim Assistance Program, Akron Police Department & Fraternal Order of Police, Akron Lodge 7 Powered by Eventbrite

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October 2019

Change 4 Change Fundraiser

October 30, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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March 2020

Save the Date – Mardi Gras Gala

March 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Attend the Victim Assistance Program's annual Mardi Gras Gala. Guests will enjoy a gourmet meal, open bar, live music, and bid on live and silent auction items. For the last 25+ years our Mardi Gras Gala proceeds have directly impacted victims of crime and trauma in Summit County.

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June 2020

SVAA’s The Essentials

June 1, 2020 - June 5, 2020

The Essentials, a 40-hour course offered through the Summit Victim Assistance Academy, is a nationally approved prerequisite training in Ohio for becoming a comprehensive National Credentialed Advocate. Victim advocates, law enforcement, social workers, counselors, attorneys, medical personnel, first responders, clergy, and students should attend.

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Your Life is Your Mission: Finding Hope and Healing Beyond a Crisis

June 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am

Join Heart to Heart Communications virtually on June 9, 2020 for their Quarterly Connections Breakfast to hear our President & CEO, Leanne Graham, discuss Your Life is Your Mission: Finding Hope and Healing Beyond a Crisis. Leanne Graham, MA has been involved in victim advocacy since 2002, starting her career as a crisis responder serving children who witnessed violence. She continued to serve victims in various direct service, administrative and managerial roles. Since 2013 Leanne has served as the President…

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December 2020

Angel Tree Ceremony

December 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Community members, friends, and family members of homicide victims are invited to come to this heartwarming, encouraging event where they will have the opportunity to remember their loved ones, and place a special angel ornament on a tree for each individual lost to homicide. This event is free and open to the public.

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July 2021

Giordano’s Dine to Donate

July 27

Do you love pizza and giving back to your community? If you visit Giordano’s in Belden Village on July 27, 2021 and present this flyer to your waiter, you can support Victim Assistance Program, while enjoying your meal! 15% of all meal proceeds will help Victim Assistance Program support victims of crime and trauma in Summit County. Download and present the below flyer to help support VAP! Download the 2021 VAP Dine to Donate Flyer

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August 2021

SVAA’s The Essentials of Victim Advocacy

August 16 - August 20

The Essentials, a 40-hour course offered through the Summit Victim Assistance Academy, is a nationally approved prerequisite training in Ohio for becoming a comprehensive National Credentialed Advocate. Victim advocates, law enforcement, social workers, counselors, attorneys, medical personnel, first responders, clergy, and students should attend.

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