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VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: January 2018

John Gilbert

The Hearth Community Food Pantry

John Gilbert LIVES UNITED by ”doing unto others!” as he volunteers with the Red Cross, at The Hearth Community Place Food Pantry in Dayton. United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to recognize John as our Community Volunteer of the Month.

John was born in Kentucky and was chief of maintenance for Fairborn City Schools for 20 years.   When his wife passed away, the pastor at the church where were services were held did not charge for them.  When the church, East Dayton Christian Church, was later seeking volunteers  to help with their food pantry, John laughs and says knew he could “that’s how I knew I could get even.” Five years later, John is known as The Candyman, who greets incoming guests of the pantry with a warm smile, welcoming manner and, yes, candy.  He acknowledges that people are sometimes uncomfortable getting assistance and that he helps makes them feel at home.  He recounts some of his rewarding experiences, including giving a lady her first boxed candy ever  (“she was 73!”) and helping another terminally ill client with information about baptism.  “These moments stay with you,” John says.  While this is his first volunteering experience he makes the most of it – “I also bag the candy!”

Carol Gilbert, the Hearth food pantry director, says “I’m honored to be his daughter-in-law.  How much he gives of himself is unbelievable!   He’s just one of the most selfless people!”

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to recognize (The Candyman) John Gilbert as our Community Volunteer of the Month for January, 2018.

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United Way of Greater Dayton organizes a number of events every year to help motivate volunteerism and

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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

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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.