Developed in 1999, the Direction Home Akron Canton Foundation believes that all older adults, regardless of income, deserve to achieve their long-term care goals. We assist in part through the Care Coordination program, as well as through our dedicated advocacy for public policy change.
In Ohio, 77 out of 88 counties have Senior Service Levies to aid in expanding services to older adults. However, none of the four counties Direction Home Akron Canton serves (Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne) benefits from the funding of a Senior Service Levy. A large percentage of the Foundation's funds go directly toward advocacy for older adults and their well-being, including Senior Service Levy efforts.
Our mission is to enable older adults not eligible for government assistance to remain independent and secure at home through access to a range of supportive services.
All older adults in our region shall have access to community-based long-term care regardless of their ability to pay.
Annual Foundation Raffle
Each year the Foundation Raffle raises over $100,000. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to advocacy efforts geared toward influencing public policy for the betterment of the lives of older adults. We purchase the prizes with points earned on the Agency credit cards or collect them as generous donations. Past prizes have included all-inclusive seven-day trips to exotic locations, home theater packages, Visa gift cards, spa packages and more!
Support Our Mission
Donations play a huge role in helping our Foundation achieve its mission. One hundred percent of your donation will go toward ensuring proper long-term care options for older adults. Your generosity can help make this possible! There are 3 ways to donate:
Mail a check:
Direction Home Akron Canton Foundation
1550 Corporate Woods Parkway
Uniontown, OH 44685
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How We're Funded
In addition to individual donations, the Foundation is funded through the following efforts:
Have you or your organization been searching for a way to get involved and make a big impact on the community? Are you eager to support something that touches the lives of everyone? Consider sponsoring the Direction Home Akron Canton Foundation Campaign. There is a sponsorship opportunity for every pledge level, visibility, and, most of all, older adults and individuals with disabilities who really need your support.
For more information on sponsorship and levels contact 330-899-5301 or email@example.com.
The Annual Conference is a great time to share knowledge and service information with other health care professionals, caregivers, older adults, care managers, and public policy influencers. The conference features nationally recognized speakers as well as local experts. It is a day of networking, mission sharing, education, and inspiration.
Every year, Direction Home Akron Canton honors those who represent what is best in our community. The Senior Hall of Fame, Home Health Aide Hall of Fame, the Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities Harvey L. Sterns Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Volunteer Ombudsman of Distinction Award are presented to recipients to acknowledge their efforts to support older adults and individuals with disabilities. The Awards Ceremony is held every year and is attended by friends, family, and loved ones of those being honored, as well as community leaders and professionals.
Nominations will be accepted in Summer 2023 for Senior Citizen and Home Health Aide Hall of Fame.
Care for a Lifetime
The Care for a Lifetime Campaign is an internal fundraising effort led by Direction Home Akron Canton employees. In past years, employees have donated over $60,000. These funds help to place 16 moderate income older adults on the Care Coordination program and assist in outreach for community education efforts.
Questions about the Foundation? Contact us any time!