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.
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.  

We have set up Amazon Wish Lists for some of the general items we have an ongoing need.  Please use the links below in order to view and order any of these items.  They can be shipped directly to Summit County Children Services at 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron, OH  44306, ATTN:  Community Relations.  

Infant & Toddler Items

Bedding & Bath Items

Children’s Pajamas & Undergarments

Personal Care Items

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 Leah Marino or call (330) 379-1980.

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.

Download the Volunteer Information Flyer.

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 Leah Marino, Supervisor, Community Relations, or call (330) 379-1980.

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With nearly 800 children in our custody, SCCS relies on the selflessness of our community to foster or adopt children in need.

Volunteer or Donate

We have year-round activities the success of which is dependent on the generosity of our community.

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