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Family Support Specialists

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Family Support Specialists Provide Social-Emotional Assistance

Canton Local has partnered with the United Way of Stark County to provide a Family Support Specialist (FSS) to work alongside school iCARE teams.  The iCARE team collaborates to address challenges facing students and their families and helps them overcome barriers to learning by connecting family, school, and community. iCARE teams provide clothing, community agency referrals, food, health and hygiene products, holiday assistance, mentoring of parents and students, shelter, and many other social and emotional supports.

Family Support Specialist (FSS)
Ann-Margaret Lambo
330.484.8020, ext. 1129.



United Way of Greater Stark County 2-1-1 Community Resource
2-1-1 is a free community service you can use to get information about social, health and government resources 24 hours a day, every day. Simply browse our online directory to find the resources you need or dial 2-1-1 for assistance.

Click on the link below for online directory 

The United Way offers free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income residents.  IRS-certified volunteers will help you file your federal and state income taxes, while maximizing your refund through available tax credits.

´╗┐See if you qualify and schedule an appointment online or call 330-994-VITA (8482).

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Goodwill Industries  Our passion is to help individuals gain the life and employment skills they need to succeed and live their dreams! Goodwill has many programs and services that can help you reach your vocational goals, as well as your life goals.

Click on the link below for online directory 



CommQuest ESG- Homelessness Prevention Grant- Must be working and have proof of employment income - https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/rent_assistance_stark_county.html


Bridge Point Community Services 

Strives to serve individuals and families who; Live, Learn, Work or Worship in our community. BRIDGEPOINTCS.ORG

Points of Hope

Wildcats Helping Wildcats - For Canton Local residents, this fund helps families in times of emergency situations & extreme need.

Keeping Kids Warm -  Bridge Point has joined forces with the Canton South Rotary to provide new, warm winter coats, hats, gloves and blankets for Canton South, East Canton and Sandy Valley area children through Keeping Kids Warm.

Christmas Mart - Each year, over 175 local children receive Christmas gifts of new clothing & toys.

Pack their Backs - Starting off the school year with the right stuff is key to every student's success.







Resources and Links

Community Christmas

Organized over 60 years ago, our organization continues to follow its original purpose: To provide assistance to those in need during the holiday season and help to prevent duplication of those services.

Sign up dates for Christmas Assistance from A Community Christmas of Stark County, Inc.  All sign-ups take place at The American Legion Post 44 on Cleveland Ave. N.W. in Canton. 
Download information

Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown
Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown is a 501(c)(3) that unites faith communities and civic organizations in Canton, Ohio, to support the underserved population with food at Thanksgiving. 
It has served the Stark County community for nearly 30 years, with 1200 households typically served each year. Register October 12 from 9 am-1 pm- click to download information and locations.