The estimated dollar value of one hour of volunteer time for 2008 is $20.25.
United Way's Volunteer Connection made approximately 1,800 successful volunteer referrals during 2008.
More than 3,000 volunteers participated in one-day community service events through United Way's Volunteer Connection in 2008.
November Community Volunteer of the Month
Cynthia and Kaitlyn Reilly live united by sharing their gifts with “la comunidad” (the community). Volunteer Connection is proud to announce both Cynthia and Kaitlyn as the Volunteers of the Month.
Cynthia and Kaitlyn are a dynamic mother and daughter volunteer duo with the Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County. Family Violence Prevention Center supports victims of domestic violence through many programs on prevention, intervention, outreach, and safe housing. Not all of the clients of the center use English as their primary language. Cynthia has lived in various locations around the world and is fluent in the Spanish language. About a year ago, the Family Violence Prevention Center was looking for volunteer interpreters and translators to attend meetings and sessions for their Spanish speaking clients. Cynthia was referred to the organization by a friend and could not have been more excited to put her skills to use.
Growing up in a household with parents that are advocates of learning more than one language, Kaitlyn, Cynthia’s daughter also serves as a backup translator to assist Cynthia when she is unable to attend sessions. Twice a week, you could find Cynthia and Kaitlyn attending meetings alongside Hispanic Women of the center to ensure that they received all the information provided and a chance to give their input. Cynthia and Kaitlyn also took it upon themselves to translate documents from English to Spanish so that the women could complete the necessary paperwork provided by the center. “Cynthia and Kaitlyn have bridged the communication gap because of their willingness to give back. Now our clients are able to interact with residents of the shelter to encourage them to grow,” says Nicholas Hubbard, the Community Relations Specialist for the Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County.
Cynthia has been engaged in service projects of all sorts for the past 15 years and feels that volunteering is just another opportunity to love one another. “God has us here to meet the need of the community. If you have the tools, why not share?” states Kaitlyn. Both ladies enjoy the Spanish language and feel it is a bonus to do something you love for someone else. Aside from their dedication to the Family Violence Prevention Center, Cynthia works for the Xenia Christian School System as an Educational Assistant Specialist and is pursuing a Master’s degree at Cedarville University. Kaitlyn attends Central State University. Both ladies love education, music, and service.
United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Cynthia and Kaitlyn as the Community Volunteers of the Month.
"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 emailing us.
Volunteer Connection is proud to announce that in the Fall of 2010, our leading software and online database will move to HandsOn Connect provided by HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the nation.
HandsOn Connect is an innovative technology software program that allows volunteer engagement and management at the simple click of your mouse! Two of the countless amazing features of HandsOn Connect are listed below.
Reporting & Impact Tracking
HandsOn Connect will make it easier for your leading provider, Volunteer Connection, to report on impact, create customizable reports, and generate graphs and charts using data from the database.
Continuous updates on this transition will be provided.