|The estimated dollar value of one hour of volunteer time for 2012 is $22.14.
|United Way's Volunteer Connection engaged approximately 3,299 volunteers during 2011.
|United Way-recruited volunteers contributed 7,598 hours of service in our community during 2011.
"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
| March Community
Volunteer of the Month
Wood LIVES UNITED by helping students achieve through music. United
Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Marcia Woods as the
Community Volunteer of the Month.
For the past 30 years,
Marcia has been a dedicated volunteer with the Dayton Philharmonic,
which is now part of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA). With a
vast music and teaching background, Marcia has a strong passion for the
arts and giving back to students in her community. The Dayton
Performing Arts Alliance has numerous in-school programs in schools
across twelve counties. Marcia’s latest volunteer venture with DPAA is Q the Music.
Marcia volunteers on Fridays with Ruskin Elementary for Q the Music. DPAA has partnered with East End Community Services and Ruskin Elementary to provide this service to students. Q the Music
is a daily, tuition-free, after school orchestra program that supports
musical, academic, and social growth to students in the third and
fourth grade. Every student has their own instrument to practice to
prepare for regular performances and concerts.
Marcia has volunteered with Q the Music
since it began in 2012. Every day, students receive tutoring and a
nutritious snack, along with lessons for the violin, viola or
cello. Musicians come to teach lessons to the students alongside
volunteers such as Marcia. Having taught band and orchestra in the
past, Marcia is familiar with assisting students that need help tuning
their instruments or need one-on-one attention practicing the viola,
violin or cello. This year, the students will have the opportunity to
perform at the Schuster Center.
addition to assisting the 45 students at Ruskin Elementary, Marcia Wood
also enjoys traveling to different schools to host assemblies that
teach students about the performing arts, music knowledge, and the
proper etiquette for attending a performance. “My love for music and
children keeps me busy volunteering day after day,” explains Marcia.
She explains how it is very rewarding to see the students’ love and
appreciation of the arts grow and develop. Q the Music
has a strong partnership with staff from East End Community Services
and Ruskin Elementary teachers to make sure the core values are shared
and displayed during and after school. The core values include
excellence, team work, integrity, responsibility, and dedication. Being
a part of the orchestra teaches the students discipline and the
importance of always displaying the listed core values.
United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Marcia Wood as the Community Volunteer of the Month for March.
Do you work for a nonprofit organization and think
one of your volunteers should be our next volunteer of
the month? Click here
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"If you want to lift
yourself up, lift up someone else."
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
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