Volunteer Opportunities

Calling All Daytonians!

  • 66% of Montgomery County’s food deserts are located within the City of Dayton[i]
  • 73% of clients served by The Foodbank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel[ii]
  • 33.2% of West Dayton residents living in food deserts eat < 1 vegetable per day[iii]

Daytonians deserve better. We cannot have a healthy and vibrant community if nearly one-third of our families with children struggle with food hardship.[iv] In study after study, we see the connection between nutrition and chronic disease, brain development and job performance. Without healthy food in their bellies, how we can expect our children to learn in school? Without access to a grocery store, how can we expect patients to eat the food their doctors recommend? Without knowing where their next meal is coming from, how can we expect workers to perform at their jobs?

We are all impacted when our neighbors struggle to eat.

The Hall Hunger Initiative is teaming up with community members, Homefull, Mission of Mary, Dayton Urban Grown, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, and AmeriCorps members serving throughout the City of Dayton for National Volunteer Week!

Please join us and our partners as we build a more food secure Dayton.

To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, please click on the position you are most interested in and register your information on AllForGood.org. To volunteer with Dayton Urban Grown or Catholic Social Services, please click the link for the time frame you would like to sign up for. 

Be an Urban Farmer for the Day

Number of Volunteers Needed:10

Host Organization: Homefull

Where: Homefull’s Micro-Farm, 1921 S. Gettysburg Avenue

When: Wednesday, April 18th from 9:00am – 3:00pm

What: Ever wonder what it’s like to be an urban farmer? Come and join Ellen in some general farm work and preparation for planting in Homefull’s growing beds.

Why: We know when our farms are more secure, we are all more food secure. Volunteer and improve food security and  access in the Dayton community. Produce from this farm is sold at The Market at Wright Stop Plaza and the 2nd Street Market for purchase with the Produce Perks program.

Skills Necessary: Ability to bend and plant.

Bring: Water bottle and shoes/boots to get dirty. Please dress for the weather.

Prep for DUG’s Annual Plant Fundraiser

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Host Organization: Dayton Urban Grown

Where: Furst Florist, 1306 Troy Street

When: Wednesday, April 18th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

What: We will be supporting Dayton Urban Grown by cutting up flats for their annual plant sale.

Why: This fundraiser allows Dayton Urban Grown to continue operating in the east Dayton community and these funds support their local teaching and production efforts while engaging the neighborhood in urban agriculture.

Skills Necessary: N/A

Bring: Water bottle

Support DUG’s Annual Plant Fundraiser

To volunteer, please click the link for the time frame you would like to sign up for.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Host Organization: Dayton Urban Grown

Where: Dayton Urban Grown Training Farm, 933 Xenia Avenue

When: Friday, April 20th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and Saturday April 21st from 6:30am – 9:00am

What: We will be moving shelves and flats of plants to set up their annual plant and seed sale fundraiser.

Why: This fundraiser allows Dayton Urban Grown to continue operating in the east Dayton community and these funds support their local teaching and production efforts while engaging the neighborhood in urban agriculture.

Skills Necessary: Ability to bend as well as pick up and move flats of plants.

Bring: Water bottle and shoes/boots to get dirty. Please dress for the weather and if you own a truck, station wagon or minivan- please bring it!

Be a Partner for Planting Part II

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Host Organization: Mission of Mary Cooperative

Where: Mission of Mary Farm, 619 Silver Lane

When: Tuesday, April 17th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

What: Prepping and planting beds, weather permitting

Why: Spread the joy and good vibes on National Volunteer Week by volunteering! This project supports the East Dayton becoming community becoming more food secure through increased local growing and food access.

Skills Necessary: Ability to bend and plant.

Bring: Water bottle and shoes/boots to get dirty. Please dress for the weather.

Read for Opportunity

To volunteer, please click the link for the time frame you would like to sign up for.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 6

Host Organization: Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Where: Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, 922 W Riverview Avenue

When: Thursday, April 19th  from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 12:00pm – 3:00pm

What: Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley has collected over 2,000 books to be distributed throughout their programs. Help by sorting and bagging book bags to provide more opportunity for our families who are eager to share time and the love of reading with their children. Coffee and pizza will be provided.

Why: Food insecurity rarely exists in a vacuum and many of our neighbors struggle every day to provide for their children. Many of these book bags will support families who face insecurity, and this project allows volunteers to support nourishment of the mind as well.

Skills Necessary: N/A

Bring: Water bottle

 

For more information, please contact:

Terri Wehrley-Pyles

terriw.hhi@dayton-unitedway.org

937.910.6009

[i] Montgomery County Community Health Improvement Plan, 2016
[ii] The Foodbank, Hunger Study/Local Stats, 2014
[iii] Montgomery County Community Health Assessment, 2014
[iv] FRAC Food Hardship in America, 2016