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

Patrick McKeonePatrick McKeone LIVES UNITED by adding a little color to people’s lives, and allowing them to color all over mine.  United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Patrick McKeone as the Community Volunteer of the Month.

As a senior at the University of Dayton, Patrick has grown up volunteering at different organizations, and he believes that it is important to learn from others and yourself through volunteering. You can learn something from every person if you take time to relate to them.

Patrick learned about the opportunity at We Care Arts through the Semester of Service program at University of Dayton. Students interviewed at different agencies in the area and selected their top choices. We Care Arts appealed to Patrick because he believes art expression is important in helping maintain general health, and he felt very welcomed by everyone at the agency.

Patrick McKeonePatrick has been volunteering throughout the summer and enjoys helping the clients with their art projects. Many of them have goals relating to life and/or art skills that help them to feel more independent and empowered in their daily lives. Patrick works with them where they are, to progress with their current goals and feel accomplished throughout the day. He is also in a band, and he has played at an event fundraiser to support We Care Arts.

He inspires and encourages others to volunteer by leading by example and being involved in his community. He also wants to tell people what’s going on and encourage them to learn about the program. Patrick spent time working in Appalachia though University of Dayton, to plan and coordinate activities for the Teen Center, and transported them to and from their activities. He also just became a recent Campaign Fellow with United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, helping with the development and fundraising efforts at United Way.

Although his Semester of Service is ending, Patrick has made good friends at We Care Arts, and hopes to continue volunteering there in his free time and enhance his relationships made there.

United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Patrick McKeone as the Community Volunteer of the Month for September.

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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