Akron Snow Angels was started by Erin Victor in 2015 in Akron, Ohio. She saw the struggles of the less fortunate in her community and wanted to do something to help. Today, we are a 501(c)3 charity that helps hundreds of people per year.
Mission: Akron Snow Angels spreads warmth and connects with the most vulnerable in our community by providing basic essentials and fostering compassionate friendships while inspiring others to do the same.
Vision: We envision a community where every individual is warm and treated with compassion and respect.
We “Spread the Warmth” by providing the less fortunate with warm clothing, blankets, toiletries, and lunch. Just as importantly, we want to “Spread the Warmth of Heart”. We do this by showing people compassion, respect, and fostering friendships through conversation. So often the less fortunate are used to being ignored, but we believe everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and spoken to as equals.
Three times a month from November through April, we go on “missions” to homeless camps, areas surrounding shelters and less fortunate neighborhoods to Spread the Warmth. We provide around 250 lunches on each mission, as well as gently used clothing that has been donated to us. We purchase new underwear and socks to hand out. We also take requests for items, such as backpacks or steel-toe boots for jobs, and do our best to quickly procure the items and deliver to the requestor. During a year, we purchase around 4,000 pairs of socks, 1,500-2,000 pairs of underwear, 300 pairs of boots/shoes, and 300 coats. We also purchase hundreds of bottles of shampoo and body wash, bars of soap, and tubes of toothpaste. We give out hundreds of hats, scarves, and gloves to men, women, and children. We also supply the homeless with items like blankets, sleeping bags, bus passes, and backpacks, as needed.
Our goal is not to just drop off lunch and a jacket and walk away. The organization’s plan is to connect with the impoverished to determine needs. Our leadership and volunteers take the time to talk with people who are stuck in impoverished circumstances, to see how they can make a difference in their lives along with providing them with the necessary items that they are unable to provide for themselves. We help them connect with the right places to find housing, jobs, and anything else they need to get back on their feet. We feel collaboration is the key and do not want to reinvent the wheel.
Akron Snow Angels do fundraising throughout the year to obtain funds to pay for items in the winter months. Our fundraisers include a comedy show in January and a Golf Outing in June. We are also lucky to receive direct donations of money and items. All of the lunches we pass out are donated by different local groups or families. All donated funds are invested in the organization.
Please consider donating or helping Akron Snow Angels so we may continue to help people and fulfill our mission. We thank you for your consideration.
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