Combined Campaign

United Way


We would like to thank our current and future United Way donors. Our community needs your support of United Way. We thank you, and don't ever want to take your generosity, or United Way's ability to respond to our community's most important needs, for granted. So we are reminding you to pledge to United Way for this year's giving campaign and we're asking you to contribute what you can.

Every contribution, no matter how small, helps. Our United Way is effective. It uses your money wisely. It supports home visits for the elderly, getting kids ready for school, diversity, training programs to get folks ready for work, housing stabilization and so much more. United Way needs your support. The pledge of $19.23 per week is the leadership level. We ask that you pledge at this level, or above if you can, to help us continue to make our impact. Your contributions ensure United Way will be able to meet the needs of those in our community. Every contribution makes a massive difference in the communities in which we all LIVE UNITED in.


How your donations help your community


LIVE UNITED 24/7 365

A gift to United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s LIVE UNITED 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 families though comprehensive strategies and initiatives 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 prescription discounts

Success Stories

The Foodbank

In just one month, the Foodbank has provided 642,114 meals to families in Montgomery County. Because of the Foodbank’s specific mission to distribute food to member agencies, several sites can serve hungry families all throughout Dayton—just like the Evangel Church of God, who, with the help of incredible volunteers,  served 728 people in July. One of those people was a first time visitor whose family had lost all means of income. Not only was this woman provided with food, but the Evangel Church of God food pantry also provided her with information about opiate usage in the Greater Dayton area—and trainings on how to assist individuals who have overdosed. 

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


For over 30 years, Tom Coffman struggled both with drug addiction and mental health issues. After losing everything and being on the verge of homelessness, Tom walked down Main St. in Dayton and happened upon Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, where he walked in, expressed his need for help, and received genuine compassion and respect. Tom is now working with GESMV’s Miracle Clubhouse where he is given “support and purpose.”  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. Every month an age appropriate book is mailed to the child until they reach the age of five.  The goal was to enroll 800 children in the first year; as of September 2017 we have sent out 158,000 books to more than 7,000 children in our community.

Freedom Schools

Freedoms Schools are a 6-week program offered during the summer to help combat summer slide in our area students.  In 2016, seven schools operated in Montgomery County, serving 400 students.  One of those schools hosted at Grace United Methodist Church holds the honor of being the top performing school in the country.  Since 2014 this program has expanded and been able to support more children, thanks to donations like yours. 

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 2016, staff scheduled  more than1,435 appointments for people to meet with a volunteer tax preparer.  Overall, the coalition completed 7,224 federal tax returns.  Those clients received a combined $9,096,667 in tax refunds, with more than $3.4 million dollars 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. Since 2007 we’ve saved $1,592,713 on prescription medication for over 17,135 people. Out of that total, local residents saved more than $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.