How You Can Help / Donate

There are several ways you can assist Project Rise in our mission to help Akron’s students and families experiencing homelessness. 


If you are a student living in the Akron area experiencing homelessness or you know a student or family who may be experiencing homelessness, please contact us as soon as possible or have them contact Shannah Carino, Project Rise homeless education liaison, at [email protected] or 330.761.2969.    


Your monetary or in-kind donation will allow us to continue to meet the basic needs of our families and provide them with services, programs and activities to help improve their lives. Monetary donations are used to meet the needs of the families that we serve that cannot be met with operating funds. In-kind donations are always needed as well. Our most-needed items include:
  • school supplies.
  • hygiene products.
  • new shoes, new socks and new underwear.
  • gift cards for food and gasoline.
If you feel inclined to donate, you can use this link to donate. Please be sure to add a note with each donation; To: Project Rise From:Donor's Name. Thank you in advance for your support!


Project Rise, our partner organizations and the shelters we work with are always looking for a helping hand. There are opportunities for both individuals and groups. We are always looking for individuals who may be interested in helping with our tutoring program and other events.

Groups have lots of opportunities to take on a service project for Project Rise. This includes:
  • group collections of most-needed items (see above).
  • helping with grocery deliveries alongside our partners at
If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Rachel Breece at [email protected] or 330.761.2969. 
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