The Salvation Army of Summit County is a unit of the international Salvation Army. Click here to learn more about the history, mission, and beliefs of the Salvation Army.
The Summit County unit has served Akron and surrounding communities since 1884 -- 136 years of commitment. The dedicated staff and committed volunteers of the Summit County unit work every day to provide tangible assistance through programs that are not generic or one-size-fits-all but are flexible to provide the right assistance needed at the right times to the right people. Current services provided to this community include:
In FY2019, The Salvation Army Summit County Area Services provided 33,233 individuals with 544,763 services. The Area Services office currently employs 23 full time staff, and is responsible for all of the programs listed above except for the resident rehabilitation program. The Adult Rehabilitation Center is managed by a second set of The Salvation Army officers, who also run the Family Stores. This rehabilitation program is fully supported through the Family Store operations, and account for another approximately $3.5mil budget. Although there are locations in 124 countries around the world, the local unit is responsible to raise all funds necessary to support the programs in our own community.
The goals of The Salvation Army of Summit County are to:
The Salvation Army in Summit County is unique in that it is located in multiple areas surrounding Greater Akron and thereby accessible to those in need. In its history in Greater Akron, the Salvation Army has been instrumental in bringing one community together in a spirit of humility, service, and all motivated by a simple faith in Christ.