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Our Volunteer Connection is a great resource for community service opportunities. Volunteering nurtures the desire to learn, stay connected, and believe in one’s own potential. Help us make your community a better place to live.

Join us on a rewarding volunteer experience to benefit Greene, Montgomery, and Preble counties.



It’s never too early to start helping your neighbor. The participation of our young people is vital in our mission to serve. Whether for school-required hours, or simply to be a part of our community, we can find opportunities that will fit young individuals or groups. Join us in building up the Greater Dayton area!


Give a helping hand. Your service can change the world for those around you. Whether you want to help at one-time events, or make an ongoing commitment to serve together, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Volunteering is a fun way to spend quality time, pass down family values, learn about your community, and help others build skills. Help us build a stronger community!


Use your team skills and go beyond the office! Coming together to volunteer as an organization is a great way to offer team building and leadership opportunities to employees, while giving back to the community. Co-workers can team up any time of the year to connect heads, hearts, and hands to create a lasting change.


Share your time and experience with your community. United Way Volunteer Connection can help pre-retirees and retirees stay connected to the community through contributions of their time, talents, and experience. Do you have expertise in marketing, computers, sales, event planning, or other professional skills? United Way can match you with just the right volunteer opportunity to put your expertise to work for our community. You can make the difference!


Yearly volunteer days of service

United Way of Greater Dayton organizes a number of events every year to help motivate volunteerism and mobilize hundreds of people to help their community. Join us on these national days of service. Together, we can make a lasting positive change.


Martin Luther King jr. Day

The event’s goal is to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community”.


global youth Service day

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrate and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service learning.


United way’s Day of Action

United Days of Action is an annual day of volunteerism mobilizing hundreds of local volunteers to complete community service projects throughout Montgomery, Greene, and Preble Counties.


9/11 national Day of service

The day’s goal is to encourage all Americans and others to voluntarily support charitable cause, perform good deeds and engage in other service activities in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


Make a Difference Day

This event serves as the Miami Valley’s celebration of Make a Difference Day, a national day of engaging members of the community in volunteer and service efforts.

Volunteers of the month

Melissa Rodriguez & Sarah Moore

SHiloh church tornado resource center

Melissa Rodriguez, a native Californian and retired air force member, and Sarah Moore (who had just moved back to the area earlier this year) saw major damage in the area immediately after the Memorial Day storms and saw that the Shiloh Church, which was close to damaged areas, was active in recovery. “The first time I met Melissa she was giving out grills in the rain!” says Sarah. Familiar with grassroots efforts, the women joined with other volunteers in immediate storm relief such as assembling home kits. As it became apparent that many of the clients they were working with no longer had homes, their work shifted to assistance with the navigation of systems such as FEMA and non-profits, on behalf of those they have come to know.

Lifelong volunteers, they believe that in a “volunteer economy, with non-monetary incentives – you have to find the thing that gets you going!” Sarah is also involved with Junior League, while Melissa has been active in several types of social justice work. They have both put in countless hours in their current mission.

Pastor Jay McMillen of Shiloh Church says that the storm efforts have been “a true journey of grace and love, being extended to those who have faced the ultimate in trials and tribulations. We are all humbled to do what we can.”

United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to salute Melissa Rodriguez and Sarah Moore as Volunteers of the Month for September, 2019.

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