United Way's Volunteer Connection
October Community Volunteer of the Month

Antonio KitchensGunnery Sergeant Antonio Kitchens LIVES UNITED by promoting a healthy and happy community. United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Antonio Kitchens as the Community Volunteer of the Month.

After coming to the Dayton area in 2011 to work as an employee at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Antonio was looking for additional opportunities to help children in the community. While volunteering with Toys for Tots, a friend mentioned the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program to him, and he looked into it. Antonio knew the program was a worthy cause that was close to his heart, so he contacted them to see what he could do to help.

Chad is a local student and Antonio’s mentee through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Antonio and Chad go to area restaurants, sport outings, the park, and enjoy playing basketball together. They meet up twice per month, but Antonio makes sure to call him once a week to keep in touch. Antonio says that Chad has big plans for his future and wants to give back to his family through his successes.

Antonio is also involved with Toys for Tots and was named the 2013 Region 2 Coordinator of the Year for the program. He helped to collect and distribute over 67,000 toys to 16,000 children in Western Ohio. Antonio and Chad enjoyed dropping off and picking up toys to help out with the program as well. In addition, Antonio is involved with the Dayton Marine Corps League and with Miami Valley Young Marines, a service program designed to promote community growth.

Antonio is inspired to volunteer because he has a big heart for children, and he wants to share his experiences and provide a leadership role for them to look up to. He encourages others to volunteer by leading by example and acknowledging the importance of doing so.

United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Gunnery Sergeant Antonio Kitchens as the Community Volunteer of the Month for October.

Do you work for a nonprofit organization and think one of your volunteers should be our next volunteer of the month?  Click here to complete our nomination form!

"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.

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