By Rich Cosgrove, President Stark County Association of REALTORS®

How can we help those in need?

This year has been hard on many families.  From health issues to the inability to make an income. If you are in need, there are programs available throughout the area that can help. For those less affected, we encourage you to offer any support or donations you can. Stark County Association of REALTORS® is collecting toiletry items for Compass sexual assault victims and items can be dropped off at any real estate brokerage firm. The items will be collected by the consumer outreach committee and given to Compass.

This week we are highlighting the many area sources for help with food, shelter, and clothing. Below is a list of resources.

The Total Living Center – 2221 9th St SW Canton OH 44706

Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sunday they serve dinner from 5:20-5:35, it’s free for those attending service. They have a clothing room open Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. They also have a Laundromat and Hairdresser available by appointment only (330-455-3663).


The Salvation Army – 315 6th St NE, Massillon OH 44646

Food pantry open Mon-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Other services include emergency financial assistance, emergency shelter, worship services, as well as food and nutritional programs.


The North Canton Food Pantry – 1300 Pittsburg Ave, North Canton OH 44720

Open every second and fourth Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Guest’s must live in the following zip codes: 44720,44721,44685,44718,44709, or 44630. Photo ID and piece of mail with the guest’s name and address to show proof of residency. If you or your family would like to volunteer please email


Toys for Tots – Visit only website for area locations to donate

Currently accepting donations through December. They accept monetary or gift donations. They have quite a few donation drop off sites in Stark County. It would be best for anyone who wants to donate to visit


Refuge of Hope -715 2nd St NE, Canton OH 44704

Offering carry-out lunches Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Carry-out hot dinners Monday-Friday 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

Donate by mail or on their website

Volunteer opportunities available – apply online


The Stark County Association of REALTORS® welcomes you to visit our website at for a complete listing of REALTORS® and Affiliate members who are sure to meet your professional needs.  The Stark County Association of REALTORS® members are honored to service the Stark, Carroll and Trumbull Counties.

If you have any questions or comments on this article, please contact me by email at


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