United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Brings in Thousands of Volunteers, Answers the Call for Help, and Opens Fund for Tornado Relief
DAYTON, OH – The response to the recent tornadoes that affected several communities in Greene, Montgomery, and Mercer counties was overwhelmingly one of support and encouragement from those in the Greater Dayton area as well as beyond.
“We had hundreds of individuals, business, and groups reach out to us over the last few days asking how they can help. We have connected thousands of volunteers to needs in the community over the last week and are still receiving offers of help.” reports Tom Maultsby, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area operates the 211 helpline for eleven counties in the region including those affected by the storm. The 211 helpline is open 24 hours a day and has been taking calls nonstop from storm victims in need of services, with needs ranging from food and rent assistance to diapers.
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s local efforts are reflective of its 105 year roots in the community. “Our organization was created in response to the 1913 flood, one of the costliest disasters to affect our area. We know from firsthand experience that this recovery will take months or years and we want the community to know when all the volunteers leave, and the media attention has moved on, United Way will still be here to do the hard work this recovery requires long into the future.”
If you would like to volunteer your time to the recovery efforts please contact United Way’s Volunteer Connection at 937.225.3039. If you are in need of assistance call United Way’s helpline by simply dialing 211 or 937.225.3000. If you would like to contribute to United Way’s disaster relief fund to benefit victims of the tornadoes please visit www.liveuniteddayton.org/give and comment “DaytonTornado” or text “miamivalley” to 41444.