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Our Volunteer Connection is a great resource for community service opportunities. Volunteering nurtures the desire to learn, stay connected, and believe in one’s own potential. Help us make your community a better place to live.

Join us on a rewarding volunteer experience to benefit Greene, Montgomery, and Preble counties.

Volunteer Opportunities



It’s never too early to start helping your neighbor. The participation of our young people is vital in our mission to serve. Whether for school-required hours, or simply to be a part of our community, we can find opportunities that will fit young individuals or groups. Join us in building up the Greater Dayton area!


Give a helping hand. Your service can change the world for those around you. Whether you want to help at one-time events, or make an ongoing commitment to serve together, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Volunteering is a fun way to spend quality time, pass down family values, learn about your community, and help others build skills. Help us build a stronger community!


Use your team skills and go beyond the office! Coming together to volunteer as an organization is a great way to offer team building and leadership opportunities to employees, while giving back to the community. Co-workers can team up any time of the year to connect heads, hearts, and hands to create a lasting change.


Share your time and experience with your community. United Way Volunteer Connection can help pre-retirees and retirees stay connected to the community through contributions of their time, talents, and experience. Do you have expertise in marketing, computers, sales, event planning, or other professional skills? United Way can match you with just the right volunteer opportunity to put your expertise to work for our community. You can make the difference!


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



Mike Gallagher LIVES UNITED by “contributing time to make organizations successful…and tutoring math!” at Brunner Literacy Center.  United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to recognize Mike as Volunteer of the Month for January.

Born in Sidney, Mike moved to Dayton in 1961 and worked as an accountant until 2010, when he retired and began a stint at St Rita parish.  He is married with four children and 12 grandchildren.  While at St. Rita, he learned of the Brunner Literacy Center’s mission and has been volunteering with them since 2016.  Mike tutors clients and GED applicants in math two days a a week.  He has been very active since retirement, also volunteering Mondays at a food pantry and with St. Rita. “I have a great desire to do things – maybe I’m easily bored!  I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had!”

He encourages others to volunteer, encouraging folks to “look inside themselves and ask ‘do you want to do something?'”

Ashley Lackovich, executive director of Brunner Literacy Center, says “Mike is an awesome volunteer.  He’s helped so many students, responsibly and dependably!”

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is proud to recognize Mike Gallagher as Volunteer of the Month for January 2020.

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