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 real difference throughout our community.
Dean, has been out of work for quite some time, the lack of work put him at risk of being homeless and was facing food scarcity. Not knowing where to turn he went to a local food pantry, Catholic Social Services Choice Pantry. This Pantry not only gave him access to the food he needed but, the uplifting atmosphere sparked something in Dean. His positive experience caused Dean to want to give back to his community. He went on to provide community service at the pantry for over 3 months, during this time building relationships with the staff and volunteers. After his community service ended, he continued to volunteer with Choice Pantry. During his time volunteering, Dean was referred and linked to a job training program. He was able to complete a 6-week long program and became a licensed forklift operator. Soon after he was able to accept a job with a local company making over $40,000 a year.
Dean not only was able to receive the help he needed but, also took the opportunity to give back and help those needing a hand up in the community. UWGDA ensured that those that want to help out into the community have the opportunity. Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are available through UWGDA whether it’s helping children achieve their highest potential, enabling families to build financial stability, or volunteering at the food pantry that will impact your life in a positive way like Dean. When you volunteer, you see first-hand how UWGDA is helping to improve lives and create lasting change in our community.