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Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are available whether it’s helping children achieve their highest potential, enabling families to build financial stability, or supporting a senior’s independence. We have placements for all ages whether you’re a college student, youth, teen, or adult.

When you volunteer, you see first-hand how United Way is helping to improve lives and creating lasting change in our community.


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. Join us on these national days of service. Together, we can make a lasting positive change.


Martin Luther 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

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.


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.


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.


Make a Difference Day

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.

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Volunteer of the Month

Emily Lopez-Espino

LIVES UNITED by “giving back when and where it is needed” as she volunteers after school at the Dayton Boys and Girls Club.  United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to name Emily our Volunteer of the Month for March, 2022.

Born and raised in Dayton, Emily attends Chaminade-Julienne high school.  She has two brothers and a sister. She appreciates that her parents came here from Mexico for a better life for their family and loves to give back to the community they now call home. She has been a regular at Boys and Girls Club on Friday afternoons for three hours, doing some of everything: dodgeball with kids, setting up for events, wrapping holiday gifts, and more.  She loves “making a difference in people’s lives, doing something for someone else’s wellbeing,’ and spends time encouraging her peers to volunteer: “Sometimes volunteering is required for school, but this experience has made see it in a completely different way.”

Natasha Harrell, Education and Community Resources Director at The Boys & Girls Club of Dayton (BGCD), says: “We appreciate Emily for her ability to be very flexible and dedicated to tasks that we ask of her to do. She brings an energy that is enthusiastic, positive, and gentle throughout the club!”

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to name Emily Lopez-Espino as our Volunteer of the Month for March, 2022.

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