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VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

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VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: March 2017

Lamar Ford

United Way’s G.O. Squad - Dayton, Ohio

Lamar Ford LIVES UNITED by “seeing the kids I speak to today grow up to be who they are meant to be,” as he volunteers through juvenile courts and United Way.  United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to recognize Lamar as our Community Volunteer of the Month.

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A native of the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas, Lamar has lived in the Dayton area for eight years.  He is married to Cynthia, and has five kids and three grandchildren.  Lamar uses his story of his own youth to reach out to young people in the court system to set them on the right path through motivational speaking.  He also is a founding member and advisor to United Way’s G.O. Squad project, which seeks to engage youth not normally asked to volunteer in quick volunteer projects.  He spends about five hours a week in his volunteer endeavors.

 

“Telling the story of my life and how life is on the other side of the tracks can keep young people on the straight and narrow,” Ford says.  Working with young people and encouraging achievement in school is rewarding, “as I can show I have achieved change in my own life.”  Lamar has been volunteering and giving back for five years.

 

Nick Eddy, manager of Volunteer Connection at United Way, says “Meeting Lamar has been terrific – he’s not only involved in the community, he’s always on the lookout for more to be done.  We are the same age so we have lots in common and I am happy to say that he’s not only a key volunteer but a great friend.”

 

United way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to recognize Lamar Ford as our Community Volunteer of the Month for March, 2017.

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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.

United Way's Day of Action

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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.

Join Hands Miami Valley

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Join Hands Miami Valley

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.

MartinLuther King Jr. Day

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MartinLuther 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

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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.

9/11 National Day of Service

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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.