Direction Home Akron Canton is passionate about our mission to empower older adults, individuals with disabilities and their loved ones. We are thrilled you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of these people, too. Did you know that by 2030, 30% of Summit County will be age 60 or older with nearly half having a physical or cognitive disability? Now is exactly the right time to start impacting the lives of those who need our services, as well as advocating for policy changes that will better protect these populations for years to come. Here’s how you can help.

Make a Donation

Direction Home Akron Canton is a nonprofit organization. One hundred percent of your generous, tax-deductible donation will go toward supporting older adults and individuals with disabilities who are in great need of long-term care options. Your donation could help someone remain in the home they know and love!


Become a Volunteer

Older adults have so much knowledge to impart, so many stories to tell, and so much warmth to share. Their advice is invaluable and their laughter is irresistible. Find out how your life can be enriched by investing in time well-spent with fascinating individuals. 

Volunteer to Protect the Rights of Older Adults by Becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman

Nursing home have been very hard hit during the pandemic. Their staff and resources have been spread thin. You can help by connecting with older adult nursing home residents; listening to their concerns; then researching and finding resolution. As a Volunteer Ombudsman, you serve as the bridge between residents and facilities. allowing individuals to remain healthy and happy in the place they want to call home.  

For Portage, Stark, Summit, and Wayne Counties, dial 330-899-5251 for Holly Flowers.

For Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas Counties, dial 330-364-3465 for Amanda Glenaman.

In the Community

Direction Home Akron Canton has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities within the Agency where you can donate your time to make a real difference in the lives of those wishing to remain in community-based settings.

Submit a Volunteer Application 

Direction Home Akron Canton also offers internships. Spend your time learning in a setting where competency, compassion, and courtesy are the everyday and always method of conducting business. Contact us today to find out more. 

Submit an Intern Application

Your time and talent can also be put to use in advocacy efforts or through employment opportunities within the Agency. We look forward to hearing from you!

“I offer the strength of advocacy to residents and their families and encourage them to join the nursing home’s Family Council.” – Volunteer Ombudsman