Laura Williams DunlopThe Summit County Stand Down was founded by our own Summit County veteran, and Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame alumni, Laura Williams Dunlop in 2005.  Laura insisted, she didn’t start this alone, but we believe that those who knew Laura for years, knew that she was a great leader and inspiration to many Veterans initiatives; leaving behind a very positive legacy.

Laura’s Stand Down is on 12 September 2017, and Starts In

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Sadly, Laura passed away in 2015 after a brief illness and we conducted our first Stand Down without her in September 2015.

Because of the outpouring of love for this inspirational leader and highly-admired Veteran, we have named the official website for the Summit County Stand Down, “Laura’s Stand Down”, so that we remember her philosophy to provide Veterans the community resources and support without judgment, and with love and compassion.  She believed these services are offered as a “hand-up, not a hand-out”!

Here is a snapshot of Laura’s vast experience in supporting Veterans and the community.

Laura Williams Dunlop’s Pedigree

  • Founder, Summit County Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
  • Summit County Veterans Service Commissioner
  • Mobile Meals Program Director
  • President, Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
  • Member of Summit County Older Adults Coordinating Council
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for National Health Care
  • Board Member Community Aids Network
  • National Citation for Meritorious Service, American Legion Post 19
  • Commander and Adjutant American Legion Post 19, 1984 and 1989
  • Buckeye Boys State Chair
  • Member of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic Volunteer
  • A.R. member of Old Northwest Chapter # 564
  • A.R. VAVS Deputy Brecksville VA and D.A.R. State Vice-Chairman for Women’s Veterans

The Summit County Stand Down was the first of ONLY two Ohio-based stand downs exclusively conducted for veterans and provides no-cost, confidential services through a collaborative partnership involving more than 30 veterans groups and governmental agencies to the homeless or displaced veterans of Summit County before the winter months.

Our annual event is registered with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

If you’re considering a volunteer opportunity in Summit County, that has a direct impact on serving homeless or displaced veterans, there is probably no better, single event to be associated.


In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover, were removed from the battlefield to a place of relative security and safety.

Today, Stand Down refers to a day of grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help homeless veterans “combat” life on the street.

The “Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out” philosophy of Stand Down is carried-out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations.

Volunteer or Donate Now

The Summit County Stand Down is now a separate non-profit organization recognized by the State of Ohio and the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) effective November 2, 2016.

We are listed on the official IRS website as of February 16, 2017 as a tax exempt organization.

Our Tax ID is 81-4402143.

After you use the search buttons below, simply use your browser’s back button until you return to this page.

Search Ohio Attorney General Charities Database    Search Internal Revenue Service Database of Charitable Organizations


You may make financial donations via the U.S. Postal Service by sending checks or money orders to the address below:

*Please note there will be a $35.00 fee accessed for any checks received for insufficient funds.

Summit County Stand Down
C/O 3917 Ramsey Drive
Uniontown, Ohio 44685-8144

We would prefer that you make payments through this link that is attached to the PayPal Giving Fund because:

  • They have confirmed we are a trusted organization
  • 100% of your donations go directly to the Summit County Stand Down
    • They charge neither you or the Stand Down with any fees for these transactions
  • The PayPal Giving Fund helps us reduce our administrative burden because they will also issue you a receipt for your charitable donation

Click here to make a donation through the PayPal Giving Fund!

Alternatively,  you may opt to use the button below, but PayPal charges the Stand Down fees to process these transactions, which means that not ALL of your intended donations will be received.

Please use the “Donate” button below to securely submit a tax deductible gift to support the homeless Veterans of Summit County, Ohio.

Your credit statement for “SUMMITCOUNT”.

We are grateful for any tax deductible gifts you can provide for our homeless/displaced Veterans of Summit County.

Your donations help us purchase much needed items and provide FREE services for the homeless and displaced Veterans of Summit County, Ohio, and honor the memory of Laura’s Stand Down.

  • boots  (Mens and Womens)
  • winter gloves (Mens and Womens)
  • sleeping bags
  • wool socks
  • various winter hats
  • winter undergarments

To join our cause as a volunteer, please send an email to webmaster@summitcountystanddown.org

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  In fact, why don’t you tell everyone in your network that you just donated. 

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Event Date and Services

When and Where is Laura’s Stand Down?
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Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
VFW Post 3383
690 West Waterloo Road
Akron, Ohio 44314
Doors Open for Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Doors Close:  3:00 p.m.
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Typical Services Offered
  • FREE Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • FREE Dental**, Vision and Foot Exams
  • FREE Haircuts
  • FREE Clothing
  • FREE Lunch
  • Chaplains
  • FREE HIV Testing
  • Employment and Training Counseling
  • You will be given an opportunity to apply for VA Health Care
  • Help with courts and legal issues
  • Help getting official, State ID Cards

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