Donate/ Volunteer

Summit County Children Services depends on the generosity of our community to help support the ongoing needs of the foster kids in our care. We have specific needs and special programs for donations and volunteers throughout the year. Learn more below about how you can become involved in making a better life for children in our county.
Donations Needed to Support Children
Summit County Children Services (SCCS) solicits and receives community donations of specific items, gift cards, and financial donations to purchase items that directly benefit the children who are served by the agency.  If you have specific questions, please contact the Community Relations Department at (330) 379-1994.  
SCCS is able to accept donations of NEW ITEMS only:  toys, diapers (sizes NB-6), baby wipes, cleaning supplies, children clothing, duffle bags, and personal care items (full size bottles).  SCCS is NOT ABLE to accept donations of gently used items of any kind.  

NOTATION ABOUT DONATIONS OF LUGGAGE:  SCCS is NOT ABLE to accept donations of new or gently used luggage or suitcases (due to a lack of storage).  SCCS does accept donations of duffle bags.

DONATION DELIVERY:  Donations may be dropped off Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the front desk of the administration building.  The agency is located at 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron  44306.  To make other delivery or pick-up arrangements, please email Sandy DeLuca or call (330) 379-1994.


The Holidays are all about the children we serve, and we are thankful for your interest in wanting to support our various Holiday Programs.  For more information about any of the programs listed below, please contact Sandy DeLuca at (330) 379-1994 or at

2022 Adopt-a-Family Program
The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with the wish lists of children served by SCCS who are not in agency custody.  Referrals for this program will come from caseworkers and be assigned to donors.  Through this program, donors ‘adopt’ a child/family and provide wrapped gifts for individual children who are from families in the utmost need.  Each child develops a ‘wish list’ of reasonably priced items, and donors purchase, wrap and deliver the gifts to the agency on or before Friday, December 9.  To sign up to be a donor for this program, use the link below.  Please indicate the number of children you wish to provide holiday gifts.  Download Adopt-a-Family Program Flyer





2022 Amazon Wish List Program - NEW THIS YEAR
SCCS will be using an Amazon Wish List to assist us in stocking new toys and items used during the holiday season and throughout the year.  Using the link below, you can easily view needed items that hve been sorted by age and gender.  Then SHOP IT AND SHIP IT!  Donors have the ability to order as many items as they would like and have them shipped directly to the agency.  All items purchased through the SCCS Amazon Wish list can be shipped to address below.  Download Amazon Wish List Program Flyer

Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron, OH  44306-1399, ATTN:  Holiday Program 


2022 Gift Card Program
We are seeking donations of gift cards to provide to youth in agency care for the holidays.  Gift cards in denominations of $25 are preferred.   Macy’s, Target, and Walmart are a few of the popular gift card options, however gift cards to any department store or online retailer is accepted.  Donors can mail or deliver their gift cards to the agency, 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron, OH  44306-1399.  Download Gift Care Program Flyer


NOTE:  In the event that financial contributions exceed what is needed for this specific program, Summit County Children Services will use all remaining contributions to directly benefit children served by the agency.


We sincerely thank you for your generosity and support for the children and families in Summit County.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year to help with projects benefitting children served and educate the community about child abuse and neglect, positive parenting, and agency services. No volunteer opportunities are available working directly with children or families, in order to protect their privacy.
In order to volunteer with SCCS, you will need to complete a three-step process:

•    Complete a Volunteer Information Form.
•    Come in for a face-to-face interview.  During the interview, you will be provided with more information about the agency and upcoming volunteer opportunities. 
•    Be fingerprinted for a background check (at no cost to you).  This will be done when you come in for the interview.

Once these steps are complete and the background check has been reviewed/approved, you will be added to our volunteer database, and as opportunities come up, you will be notified of all the details.  If you are interested and available, you can sign-up accordingly.
If you have any questions, email Sandy DeLuca, Supervisor, Community Relations, or call (330) 379-1994.