Non-Profit Spotlight: 10+ Ways to Give Back in Dayton Ohio


With the Holidays right around the corner, it’s time to focus on family, love, and giving. The most rewarding experience is to give selflessly. We know from experience that anyone can face hardships, so if you are in a position to help someone in need, why not help them? 

We’ve made a brief list of organizations, that make a significant difference in our community. You can volunteer your time or donate your resources to support their cause. Together, let’s help our Daytonians overcome challenges and flourish.


Spread Kindness Throughout Our Community with 1Love Non Profit

This nonprofit provides services, community engagement opportunities, and activism aimed at promoting positive reinforcement and hope in our local community. Myla Cardona-Jones the woman and mom behind the movement, with her son, Geovanny “Geo”, as CEO. This a growing organization that sheds light on whats needed, kindness. One of their recent projects included a trip to Flint Michigan to help those needing fresh water. They’ve also partnered with businesses, such as Lexis Nexis to gather winter clothing for those in need. To learn more about this organization, visit their Facebook page and read our latest Her Spotlight interview.


Make sure everyone gets a meal with the FoodBank

What makes the Food Bank so great? Over 100 nonprofit agencies are members of the Foodbank and provide services through more than 120 feeding programs in the Miami Valley. Their mission is provide healthy, nutritious meals to all individuals in need. Volunteers help organize food drives and help raise as much funds as possible. Find A Food Bank Near YOU!


Help families in need with St. Vincent de Paul Shelters

This organization not only provides emergency housing 24/7, but also helps clients reach self-sufficiency. St.Vincent de Paul typically serves 300-400 men, women and children each day. They provide daily meals, showers, clothing, furniture, personal care items, and full-time case managers who assist guests in achieving housing based on individual needs. Be of service and learn how you can help.



Build Homes with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton partners with community members to help people in need by building, renovating, and remodeling houses. They provide decent and affordable homes in safe communities where families can live and grow. Recently, they developed a program called Leaders on Ladders, that caters to the young professional community in Dayton. These are social events where young professionals can have fun meeting new friends, while building the community up.


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Beautify our city with Art Centers and Community Gardens

Art is not only a creative expression, but an activity that breaths life into a destitute environment. There are lots of vacancies throughout Greater Dayton that honestly make the city just look bad. But there are organizations like K12 Gallery, CultureWorks, and Dayton Urban Grown that are making a change.

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is a local art center for the youth. They offer innovative visual art programs, such as in school and after school art education classes, field trips, professional exhibitions, workshops, community outreach and art parties for all ages. It’s located in the heart of Downtown Dayton.

Culture Works is a nonprofit regional arts agency that gives a voice to cultural organizations and promotes good news about the amazing cultural vibrancy of Dayton. They offer scholarships to students who demonstrate participation in the arts.


The Dayton Urban Grown Project is an ongoing, all-volunteer work team growing resilient and sustainable foods in the greater Dayton area. Check out their current fundraiser to increase quality produced food in our area.

Support Second Chances with Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

We all deserve second chances. Join this organization as they help people transition from prison to a productive life in the community. Volunteers of America provide services including halfway houses and work release programs, day reporting, diversion and pre-trial services, residential treatment, family support, dispute resolution, and mediation services.


Keep our youth safe with Daybreak

Daybreak is an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth. They offer the only 24-hour crisis hotline and youth shelter in the Dayton area. Their services include outreach,  prevention, transitional housing, life-skills education, and other follow-up services for runaway, throwaway, and homeless youth.


Provide enrichment and hope to young kids in our area

There are many organizations that cater to helping our youth thrive, but we’d like to highlight two, that don’t get enough recognition for their good work in the community.

The Dakota Center, in the heart of West Dayton provides a safe learning community atmosphere for kids in nearby neighborhoods. Each month they host a full calendar of activities including the Dakota Center Homework Club. This is a curriculum-based after school program for grades K-8 in Dayton.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dayton mission is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens through a variety of year-long programs. They currently have a lot of volunteer opportunities and encourage community members to think outside the box and bring new experiences to the organization for the youth.


Help families with sick children with Ronald McDonald House

Every day, dozens of moms, dads, brothers and sisters stay in the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton, only steps away from the Children’s Hospital. This charity provides a bit of stability in the midst of challenging times. By supporting this cause, you help families find comfort while their child is being treated in the hospital.

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Provide support to the elderly with Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels of Dayton provide home delivered meals and transportation services to the homebound elderly of Montgomery County. After a lifetime of giving, seniors deserve our time and commitment to helping them remain happy and healthy.


Empower Women with YWCA

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. In 2016, the YWCA Dayton helped over 3,200 women, teens and children escape from a crisis such as abuse or rape, find affordable housing, learn how to read, and become strong, smart and bold.  Women come for a variety of reasons.  And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

Is there a great nonprofit we didn’t mention? Tell us about them in the comment section below!


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