"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington

United Way's Volunteer Connection meets United Way of the Greater Dayton Area's mission through the following strategies:
  • Connecting people with opportunities to serve
  • Engaging in activities that build the capacity for effective local volunteering
  • Promoting and fostering volunteerism
  • Participating in strategic initiatives that mobilize
    volunteers of all ages, ethnicities and genders to meet local needs
United Way's Volunteer Connection is a HandsOn Action Center and a member of the HandsOn Network, generated by the Points of Light Institute.  United Way's Volunteer Connection is also a member of the Ohio Volunteer Center Association and the Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators. United Way's Volunteer Connection links adults, youth and groups to volunteer opportunities throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties.

If you represent a group of volunteers, please contact United Way's Volunteer Connection directly by calling (937) 225-3039 or .

If you represent a nonprofit organization and would like to post your volunteer opportunities, please contact United Way's Volunteer Connection to register. Visit the Agency Tool Kit to learn more about the services provided to nonprofit organizations.

August Community Volunteer of the Month
Connie WatsonConnie Watson lives united by volunteering through A Special Wish Foundation.  United Way’s Volunteer Connection is pleased to name Connie as Community Volunteer of the Month for August.

A retired nurse, Connie has shared her time with A Special Wish Foundation for more than three years.  She currently serves as the organization’s SWAT (Special Wish Airport Team) coordinator, a position she has held for one year.  She organizes the SWAT volunteers, scheduling limos and volunteers to pick up and drop off families who are traveling for a wish.  SWAT volunteers assist the families with bags, welcome families home with balloons and signs, assist with check-in at the airport and take photographs of the families.  In just one year, the organization has granted 75 wishes for area children.

In addition to her service with A Special Wish Foundation, Connie also shares her time and talent with St. Christopher Parish in Vandalia.  In her free time she enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with her family.  Connie and her husband John have two grown sons, Jay and Andy.  

“I live united by volunteering for A Special Wish Foundation,” says Connie.  “I have gotten to meet a lot of really neat people.  This position is great because you get hands-on interaction and you’re making a difference.”

“Every child has a limo, smiles and a helping hand when they start their wish.  They have hugs and welcome signs when they return.  That’s all because of Connie’s dedication,” says Sarah Sonner Hill, fundraising coordinator.  “She is a very special volunteer who helps make A Special Wish Foundation the organization that it is today.”

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