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United Way

LIVE UNITED 24/7 365

A gift to United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s LIVE UNITED 24/7 365 fund remains the most effective and efficient way to help our entire population. When you make a donation, your dollars stay in your community to help people who live in your community. Your generosity helps make the Dayton region a better place for us all.

More than 100 volunteers evaluate local health and human service programs and initiatives and carefully distribute funds to ensure your gift is invested wisely. This process allows United Way to be extremely efficient, keeping costs low so more dollars go towards providing services.

Your United Way partners with nonprofits, businesses, and government entities to help as many people as possible. By donating to United Way, you can support the causes you care about and make a positive impact on those around you with a single gift. United Way connects us all, providing real impact through quality programs, services, and initiatives. LIVE UNITED through your investment in the future—today.

Invested In


icon_11_image_xl128.pngInvestments in education will allow United Way to advance positive education outcomes for local youth though comprehensive strategies and initiatives such as:

  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Third grade proficiency
  • High school graduation
  • College or career-ready credentials
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Freedom schools expansion
  • Raise-a-reader book drive


Income.jpgInvestment in income will allow United Way to advance positive financial stability outcomes for individuals and familes though comprehensive strategies and iniatives such as:

  • Pathways to livable wages
  • Affordable Housing
  • Financial literacy and Education
  • Income supports
  • Dayton Family Stability project


Health.jpgInvestments in health will allow United Way to advance positive health and safe community outcomes for individuals and families though comprehensive strategies and initiatives such as:

  • Safe homes and communities
  • Access to health care
  • Health beginnings
  • Healthy choices and behaviors
  • FamilyWize perscription discounts

Success Stories

Clothes That Work

Raquel was referred to Clothes That Work from a local training program.  Wearing her jeans, a button up shirt and sneakers, Raquel had been searching for a job for nine months.

A young, single mom, Raquel was caught in a catch 22.  She wanted to enter the workforce; however, after providing for her child’s needs she had nothing left for an interview outfit.

At Clothes That Work, Raquel selected an interview outfit and received one-on-one coaching on making a positive first impression.  In her new suit, Raquel quickly secured a job at a financial institution and returned to Clothes That Work to build a work wardrobe based on her new dress code.

Clothes That Work is a United Way Partner Agency helping people achieve financial stability leading to independence. 

The Foodbank

His 37th birthday marked another milestone for Alan…he made his first trip to a food pantry.

Married for 13 years, Alan and his wife Maggie worked hard over the years to build a solid life for themselves and their two children, ages 7 and 8. They rented a nice home in Old North Dayton and were saving money to one day realize their dream of owning a home of their own. They were doing all the right things—working hard, saving money, and living within their means.

Six months before his birthday, everything changed. Alan was injured on the job and unable to return to work for a package delivery company. He started the long, difficult process of filing for disability benefits, but was told it could take six to eight months just for the intake interview. At the same time, the airline that employs Maggie went through a major restructuring. Her full-time, 40-hour week was cut to a 24-hour-a-week schedule made up of sleep-depriving split shifts.

With their savings exhausted, Alan and Maggie made the difficult decision to leave their home and move the family into her mother’s house across town. Yet, after purchasing tags and insurance for the car that Maggie needs to get to her job, there was nothing left to pay for food or household necessities.

Fortunately, the family could turn to a neighborhood food pantry that is a member of The Foodbank. A United Way Partner Agency, The Foodbank is receiving $175,050 in United Way contributions this year. United Way funding helps provide emergency food for local pantries at the extremely low cost of just $4 per pound. United Way also supports the Good to Go Weekend Backpack program which stocks backpacks with healthy food for children who rely on meals at school and would otherwise go hungry over the weekend.

The Foodbank is just one of numerous United Way agencies helping families in crisis and providing the support they need to achieve financial stability.

A Special Wish Foundation

Andray is 9 years old and battling severe sickle cell anemia, a blood disorder which causes blood cells to become disk-shaped and blocked in the blood vessels. This condition results in severe pain, serious infections, and organ damage. Andray’s wish was to go to Walt Disney World with his family. A Special Wish Foundation was able to make his special wish happen this summer with a trip to central Florida over his birthday. Andray and his family were picked up in a limousine and taken to the airport to spend a week at Give Kids a World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, a very special resort for children with life-threatening illnesses. They received tickets to all the parks and special attractions of Central Florida, including Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. Andray and his brother especially enjoyed the meeting all the characters at Universal Studios and getting to pet the dolphins at Sea World.

A Special Wish Foundation is a United Way Partner Agency that addresses the priority area of health and well-being by improving the quality of life for children with terminal, life-threatening, and severe illnesses. A Special Wish is receiving $62,731 from the United Way campaign this year.

YMCA of Greater Dayton

During the summer of 2008, children ages 5–12 from YMCA of Greater Dayton urban summer day camps participated in the YMCA Regional Youth Training Facility at United Theological Seminary in Trotwood. This pilot project focused on increasing physical fitness standards through fitness testing and assessments, intensive swim instruction, and active participation of camp leaders. Part of raising standards included collection of physical fitness data on more than 300 day camp children, including the Body Mass Index. Children participated in biking, running, tennis, strength training, and swim lessons twice a week. Additional activities, events and resources were provided through partnerships with local schools and organizations.

In 2009, the YMCA urban summer day camp became the testing ground for expansion of the YMCA Regional Youth Training Facility into the YMCA Regional Youth Fitness and Nutrition Initiative. This initiative has brought Dayton Children's Lipid Clinic and Dayton-Montgomery County Public Health together with the YMCA to conduct health and fitness screenings. Families of children who test as high risk for type II diabetes are given this information and advised to seek the help of the child's primary care physician.

The YMCA of Dayton is receiving $127,068 through the United Way this year to support year-round childcare in Dayton, Fairborn, and Xenia and the Young Leaders program in Preble County.


Achievements in Education

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

This program was launched locally in Greene County in November of 2013 in partnership with the Greene County Public Library and Soin Medical Center.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is designed to provide children with their own personal library of 60 quality books by the time each child reaches the age of five.  The goal was to enroll 800 children in the first year; as of September 2014, 2,896 children in Greene County are enrolled in the program.

Freedom Schools

Freedoms Schools are a 6-week program offered during the summer to help combat summer slide in our area students.  In 2013, four schools operated in Montgomery County, serving 200 students.  One of those schools hosted at Grace United Methodist Church holds the honor of being the top performing school in the country.  In 2014, the program expanded to six schools and served more than 300 local students.

ReadOn! Book Drive

Conducted with ReadySetSoar and other partners, the purpose of this program is to get books into the hands of early readers before the start of summer vacation.  Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.  In 2014, 26,000 books were distributed to seven schools in Dayton Public Schools Pre-K through 3rd grades, one school Pre-K through 3rd grade in Northridge, and one school Pre-K through 3rd grade in Trotwood.

Achievements in Income

Earned Income Tax Credit

United Way’s HelpLink 2-1-1 is a part of the local Earned Income Tax Coalition and works to help local residents get their taxes prepared and filed, and maximize the money they receive back.  In 2014, staff scheduled 1,135 appointments for people to meet with a volunteer tax preparer.  Overall, the coalition completed 5,987 federal tax returns.  Those clients received a combined $4,952,456 in tax refunds, with $1,864,474 being dollars earned due to Earned Income Tax Credits.

Achievements in Health

FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area distributes these free discount cards throughout the community.  People simply need to show their card to their pharmacist when getting a prescription filled, and discounts are automatically applied at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.  In the past year, 9,797 people in our region saved $784,805 on prescription medication.  Out of that total, local residents saved $268,659 on mental health prescription medications they might not have been able to otherwise afford.

What Your Dollar Can Buy

Lottery Ticket

Ten hungry children will receive a backpack filled with food to feed them over the weekend.


A person without health insurance and in a medical emergency will receive 4 prescriptions.

Fast Food Meal

An under skilled or underemployed individual will receive eight hours of job readiness training.

Take-Out Dinner

An adult or family in crisis will receive ten hours of legal services.

Pizza Delivery

A victim of domestic violence will receive two weeks of shelter and support services.

Night at the Movies

Eight children with disabilities will each receive one week of day care and therapy.