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Freedom Schools 2023 Recap

Freedom Schools was a huge success for the 500 scholars and 60 Servant Leader Interns at the 6 sites this summer. Motivational songs and read-aloud guests every morning was an exciting way to start the day. The scholars participated in reading curriculum each morning, and learning activities in the afternoons. Some of these activities included […]

Meet Maureen

Meet Maureen: Maureen and her family know first-hand the importance of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area in our community. Maureen is working hard to support her two grandchildren. She makes $3,000 a month and struggles to make ends meet. With finances being so tight, it is easy to fall behind on bills and […]

Nick`s News

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer season. We are back to school already, which serves as a reminder if you have teenagers or students attending local colleges and they are looking for volunteer opportunities for clubs, teams, or individuals, have them contact Volunteer Connection at [email protected] We can match them with possible opportunities at […]

2023 Fundraising Summit

Join us for the 2023 Fundraising Summit! This year`s event will focus on the changing landscape of Philanthropy and how to foster a culture of giving and community in the workplace and beyond. Register Today :

Fundraiser at City Barbeque

Join us at City Barbeque on July 31st from 11am-8pm for our Fundraiser! 20% of sales will be donated to support the work of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area in our community. Location: 2001 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering, OH You can participate in this fundraiser by: Dine in, Take out, Delivery, Drive thru, […]

Tour de Gem Cycling Classic

Tour de Gem Cycling Classic is a fundraising cycling event for local Nonprofits to raise money and bring awareness to their important missions. This is a fun, family-friendly way for cyclists of all ages and abilities to have a positive impact in their community and explore the many GEMs the Dayton region has to offer. […]

Nick`s News

During Global Youth Service Month, Volunteer Connection took part in multiple garden plantings at schools and agencies (Boys and Girls Club, for instance). It will be fun to see all these plants bloom!  Over the years, we have placed and matched volunteers with agency opportunities and will continue to do so – but we are […]

Greene County Strong Families Classic

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area – Greene County is hosting their annual Strong Families Classic on September 15th, 2023 Where: Beavercreek Golf Club | 2800 New Germany Trebein Rd. , 45431 When: Friday, September 15th, 2023 at 8:00AM Proceeds of this event benefit Strong Families Programs and Services of United Way of the […]

Comedy Night at Wiley`s Comedy Club

United Way of The Greater Dayton Area is hosting a Comedy Night at Wiley`s Comedy Club on June 23rd! Join us for a night of stand up comedy with Karen Jaffee, Kyle Kemper, and Jessie Nutt Location: Time: Doors open at 7:15PM with show starting at 8:00PM Get your ticket today at:

Online Auction

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is hosting a Online Auction starting on June 12th at 6am through June 23rd at 10pm Your generous support works year-round making our community a better place to live, work, and raise our children. Every bid, share, and donation counts! To register today visit:

Preble County Strong Families Classic

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area – Preble County is hosting their annual Strong Families Classic on Friday, June 9th, 2023 at Eaton Country Club. All proceeds of this event benefit scholarships to each Preble County School & Service of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area for Preble County. Location: 100 Morton Rd, […]


We would like to invite you, families, friends, and neighbors to come have an amazing time with us at at Day Air Ballpark on Tuesday, May 30th. Who is playing: Dayton Dragons Vs West Michigan Whitecaps When: Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 7:05 PM Ticket Cost: $14 50% of each ticket sale will go to […]

Stronger Together Concert

On May 19, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) is hosting their annual “Stronger Together” concert to help support its Strong Families initiative. Together, donations to UWGDA make a larger impact and change the course of the next generation by preventing families and individuals from falling behind through complete, wrap-around support needed to […]

Nick`s News

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Volunteer Connection is happy to report that we are the area lead agency for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), an annual event from Youth Service America.  GYSD is the world’s largest group volunteer event.  We will be teaming up with schools, groups and non-profit partners to have opportunities […]

A Message from Tracy Sibbing

“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face” – Langston Hughes. We send you greetings from the Community Impact team. While spring may have sprung a bit prematurely, and perhaps not all the way sprung, it reminds us all of amazing possibilities and potential.  United Way […]

The Big Thanks 2022

  We invite YOU, our United Way of the Greater Dayton Area supporters to The Big Thanks! Join us April 19th at the Sinclair Ponitz Center for a morning with amazing people from our community, while we recognize the those who work hard to make the Miami Valley a better place for everyone! Tickets available […]

A Holiday Message From Antoinette Hampton

While we celebrate the holidays and count our blessings, for many the season of need continues year-round. The wish of those struggling in our community is to experience the kindness of giving beyond the holidays and into the new year.  The challenges facing seniors, children, and veterans here in our region are all too real.  […]

Meet Dean

At United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) we pride ourselves in making sure that the essential needs of those in our community are met. Some of these needs include food, shelter, medical care and freedom from violence. We do this by investing in people through synchronized programs, services and initiatives that make a […]

Nick`s News

Happy holidays from Volunteer Connection. Our board at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area were out in force on Saturday, November 19th, to help our partners at Miami Valley Meals as they assembled family-sized Thanksgiving dinners. These meals were able to be shared with approximately 8000 Dayton residents. Our board members had a chance […]

Nick`s News

Hello, world at large!  Volunteer Connection continues matching local agencies with groups, individuals, teams, companies and anyone looking for a service opportunity.  We have our five special Days of Service, but can also help to match would-be volunteers almost any time. I assure you that volunteers are indeed the lifeblood of the non-profit world, and […]

Freedom School is Back in Action

After a two-year hiatus, UWGDA reconvened the Montgomery County Freedom Schools Collaborative! In partnership with three different organizations/institutions (Omega CDC, DECA Schools, and Grace United Methodist Church) we hosted five Freedom Schools sites and served 270 scholars this summer! Our 2022 Freedom Schools journey kicked off with the national and local training sessions for the […]

Hope to Dream – 2022

‘Hope to Dream’ is a partnership between United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, Morris Home Furniture, and Secret Smiles of Dayton providing beds to children in need. On September 17h, 75 beds were presented to 75 excited children and families at a special event at the University of Dayton’s Frericks Center. Area volunteers worked […]

Meet Tom Kelley, President and CEO

An accomplished senior executive, Tom Kelley served with Montgomery County for 30 years in many roles, as a Financial Consultant – Office of Management and Budget / Director – Office of Family and Children First / Director – Job and Family Services / and most recently from 2013 to 2022 as Assistant County Administrator for […]

UWGDA Seeks Candidates for Next Leader

President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Position The President & CEO will maintain a strong relationship with the United Way Worldwide organization by staying abreast of the overall position of the global organization. The President/CEO will assure the local organization stays in compliance with all regulations and membership requirements. The President/CEO will participate in UWW committees and […]

The Big Thanks – April 27th

We are excited to once again have the opportunity to recognize YOU, our United Way Family at The Big Thanks this year! Join us on April 27th from 8 – 9:30 am for a fun, free, and festive virtual morning with amazing people, and of course awards! Register to receive a Grub Hub coupon to […]

Are You a College Student Looking for a Paid Summer Internship?

Passionate about education and equity? Love kids? Teach with our summer literacy program for kids grades K – 8. College students play a key role in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program as Servant Leader Interns. Servant Leader Interns are responsible for the front-line care and nurturing of the children. Using the Integrated Reading […]

Applications Open to Request Combined Funding Grants beginning July 1, 2022

Montgomery County This is a notice of the open Combined Funding Application to request UW Grants beginning July 1, 2022, in the areas of Core/Basic Needs; Frail Elderly Services; and Homeless services for programs located and operating in Montgomery County Ohio.  Programs who are located in Montgomery but serve outlying counties of Greene and Preble […]

2022 Profiles in Black History Month – Carl Kennebrew

Carl Kennebrew proudly serves as the International President of the IUE-CWA, an organization representing over 40,000 manufacturing workers across the country. He was elected as the first African-American President of IUE-CWA in 2019 and serves as Vice President on the national Executive Board of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Carl has been a member […]

2022 Profiles in Black History Month – Jenell Ross

Jenell Ross successfully leads the Bob Ross Auto Group, which include Mercedes-Benz, Buick and GMC dealerships, following in the footsteps of her parents the late Robert P. Ross, Sr. and Norma J. Ross. Bob Ross Auto Group was the first African-American owned Mercedes-Benz dealer in the world and today, Jenell Ross is the country’s only […]

2022 Profiles in Black History Month – John Moore

John E. Moore, Sr. was the first Equal Employment Opportunity officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1960 and later was the first African-American chief of civilian personnel in 1972. Many African-American professionals can attest to his advocacy to provide equal opportunity employment for all. He was a longtime community volunteer, Moore’s leadership affected numerous […]


For the 2021 tax year, individual donors who do not itemize deductions can receive a charitable deduction of up to $300 for individuals and $600 for individuals filing joint tax returns. For individual donors who itemize deductions, charitable deduction to qualified public charities is generally limited to 60% of the individual’s adjusted gross income, but […]

Save the Date – Kendra Scott Giveback Event

Come shop for your holiday gifts while giving back to a great cause on December 15 from 1 – 3 pm at Kendra Scott! Prefer to shop in your pajamas? Shop all day online at using code GIVEBACK-BDOQP

Toys from the Heart

Toys from the Heart is a holiday assistance program, made possible by the generous support of participating sponsors. Each year, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) matches community sponsors with families seeking holiday help. We know families who normally do not need assistance during the Holidays will experience the heartbreak of knowing there […]

Join Our Team – Director, Individual Leadership Gifts

  JOB TITLE:      Director, Individual Leadership Gifts             REPORTS TO: Vice President RD TEAM:                 Resource and Development                              FLSA STATUS:  Exempt DATE:                  October 5, 2021 GENERAL FUNCTION: Responsible […]

Day to Dream event grants children new beds

September 11, 2021 at 5:04 am EDT By WHIO Staff FAIRBORN — 50 children will have a new place to sleep after the fifth annual Day to Dream event, hosted by Morris Furniture Company, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, and Secret Smiles of Dayton. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers will be delivering beds to […]

SOCHE, VetsLink 211 collaborate to feed veterans struggling with food insecurity

Posted: Sep 1, 2021 / 04:04 PM EDT / Updated: Sep 1, 2021 / 05:42 PM EDT DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) partnered with community organizations to help veterans fight food insecurity during the pandemic. In 2015, SOCHE collaborated on a system of organizations called VetsLink to help connect former military members to […]

United Way highlights program to provide discounts, assistance to families living paycheck-to-paycheck

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 / 06:06 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 16, 2021 / 06:06 PM EDT DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The United Way of Greater of Dayton has implemented a new program to help working households in the area living paycheck-to-paycheck. The program is called Prosperi-Key. Tom Maultsby, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Dayton, said, “Prosperi-Key is a […]

NFL and Bengals award $30,000 grant to United Way of the Greater Dayton Area

NFL and Bengals award $30,000 grant to United Way of the Greater Dayton Area by Nevin Smith Thursday, August 5th 202 DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF) The Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation announced a $30,000 grant award Thursday to the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. The money will support local schools and other organizations to […]

Due to Covid spread, Miami Valley counties all protected under CDC’s ban on evictions

Due to Covid spread, Miami Valley counties all protected under CDC’s ban on evictions August 05, 2021 at 6:47 pm EDT By Molly Koweek MIAMI VALLEY — The Miami Valley’s elevated Covid levels are protecting renters from getting kicked out of their homes or apartments. This week, the CDC signed a new order, banning evictions in […]

United Way helping people affected by expiring CDC eviction moratorium

MIAMI VALLEY NEWS by: Aliah Williamson Posted: Aug 2, 2021 / 06:41 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 2, 2021 / 06:58 PM EDT   MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The CDC’s eviction moratorium expired Saturday. The moratorium was a temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent further COVID spread. Despite the threat of the Delta variant, the Supreme Court decided June 29 that […]

United Way closing COVID-19 response fund

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The United Way of Greater Dayton said it is closing the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton. “I think we’re in a really good spot to press pause,” said Tracy Sibbing, Vice-President of community impact at United Way of Greater Dayton. “As a community we’re turning a corner in a new […]

Local single mom receives van thanks to local organization, car dealership

Local single mom receives van thanks to local organization, car dealership by: Staff Posted: May 1, 2021 / 12:16 PM EDT / Updated: May 1, 2021 / 12:16 PM EDT DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – United Way of the Greater Dayton Area partnered with White Allen Auto Group to donate a van to a local family Saturday. As part of its […]

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Notice of Request for Proposals

COVID-19 resources for Preble County.

The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation awards grants

Sidney Daily News  POSTED ON FEBRUARY 13, 2021 BY KYLE SHANER The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation awards grants BUSINESS DAYTON – The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation announced $1,429,500 in grants, including 12 Power Grants totaling $924,000, to area partner organizations.Collectively, these grants support new or continued innovative growth initiatives to create a long-lasting difference […]

United Way accepting applications for racial equity grants

    United Way accepting applications for racial equity grants LOCAL NEWS| Feb 1, 2021 By Kristen Spicker The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is accepting applications a new initiative promoting racial equity in the region. The Racial Equity Mini Grants aim to empower people to come together to fight racial inequity and to […]

Family Stability Success Story – December

Jayla entered the Family Stability Program in October of 2020. She was working for a home healthcare provider as a home health care aide and living in a hotel with her four children. Jayla and her four daughters were looking for housing after leaving a domestic violence situation. While working with her case manager through […]

Celebrating Children’s Christmas Programs

UWGDA would like to thank all the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped make these programs possible. Also, a BIG thanks to White Allen Chevrolet! Because of our collective work to UNITE, and because of donors like you, we are all able to make the holiday season more magical for children in our area. Toys […]

Stories of Success: Uplifting Our Neighbors

Here at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, we wanted to take a moment to share just a few success stories from the later portion of 2020. These stories expand across our tri-county area. Thank you for your support as we unite our community to uplift all our neighbors. Greene County In January of […]

Family Stability Success: Teen Parents Learn

Kendra is a young mother expecting her first child. As an emancipated youth, Kendra does not live with her own parents and, instead, is transitioning out of foster care. This young woman has much to navigate on her own. She has many questions running through her mind. How will she have a healthy pregnancy? How […]

Drive United Car Raffle to Benefit United Way of Greater Dayton Area

  To address ongoing social service needs, and those emerging due to COVID-19, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) will be raffling off a 2020 Chevrolet Trax LT or $15,000 cash.  Thanks to our generous sponsor, White Allen Chevrolet, the Drive United car raffle will assist United Way in raising critical donations to […]

Unity: Creating A Better Tomorrow: Art Exhibit

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area has been celebrating its annual campaign kickoff by featuring the work of 13 local black artists around the theme “Unity: Creating A Better Tomorrow.”  These artists generously donated their time and creative work for the auction to help support the work of United Way in our community. The […]

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Karl Colon

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is a visionary organization.  Starting in 2013, it had the vision to fund a project that is now bringing success through literacy to over 150,000 children across the State of Ohio, a program that has been adopted and promoted constantly by the Governor and First Lady of Ohio: […]


Join us for United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Campaign Kickoff Art Exhibition on display from September 21-October 9. Celebrate the talent of locally acclaimed as well as emerging young  black artist expressions of this year’s campaign theme of Unity. The exhibit venue is open to the public during gallery hours and is located […]

Our Statement on Racial Injustice

As members of the Board of Directors of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area: We grieve the recent killings of Black Americans – George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Terry McDade, David McAtee, and Rayshard Brooks, among many others.  We honor the lives of these people and share the sorrow of their families, friends, […]

On the Front Lines

We are in our eighth week of working remotely and I am proud to say we have not missed a beat in terms of servicing those in need. Our team at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) doesn’t shy away from making necessary adjustments to ensure the wellbeing of our community. We adjusted […]

COVID-19 Respond Fund for Greater Dayton

Q/A with Tracy Sibbing, Vice President of Community Impact The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an increased strain on individuals and families in the Dayton region. To assist those impacted by the virus, The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA), along with a coalition of philanthropic, government and […]

Living in a Time of Challenge

The past few months have been filled with many challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has affected each of us. Hopefully, you and your family are healthy and have not been challenged by illness. Recovery after being sick; caring for a loved one who has been infected or losing someone to the virus is certainly […]

How to Protect Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Everyone should: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with […]

A Message to Our Supporters

We are planners, fundraisers, conveners, strategists, collaborators and leaders in our space. Help us to evoke our mission in “Leading a United Community to Uplift Our Neighbors.”

Preble County Resources

COVID-19 resources for Preble County.

FamilyWize FREE Prescription Savings Cards

Take control of your prescription costs today by downloading and printing your FamilyWize prescription savings card.

Preble County Imagination Library

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) is excited to launch the Preble County Imagination Library program! The Preble County Imagination Library will mail a free, age appropriate book to enrolled children within Preble County each month. All children under five years old will be eligible for the program, regardless of socioeconomic status. Those […]


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