|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."
Volunteer of the Month
Norris LIVES UNITED by helping others feel better. United Way’s
Volunteer connection is proud to recognize Doris Norris as the
Community Volunteer of the Month.
As an outstanding
volunteer in our community, Doris Norris lives her life helping others
feel better through her smile and actively listening and talking with
them. Her kind approach in making others’ lives better is what makes
Doris stand out amongst her peers.
Doris has been in Dayton
for 48 years and is a Patient and Family Services Volunteer at Dayton
Children’s Hospital. When her 12-year-old son was hit by a car, he was
hospitalized. She prayed for him to get better, and if he did,
she would volunteer at Children’s Hospital. Her son did recover, and
she began volunteering at the facility in October of 2001 with the idea
that she wanted to hold babies and help them to relax and feel better
in her arms.
Doris was offered the volunteer position to
distribute donuts and coffee and talk with parents and families about
their experiences. She feels it is a blessing to be able to talk to
parents and make them feel better. Doris is able to provide comfort to
families, and encouraged a mother to pray and work through God for
strength and support. The next time she saw her, that mother’s child
was doing better. Doris believes that volunteering at the hospital
helps others to understand a child’s illness better when they see the
effects of it for themselves, rather than simply hearing about it. This
makes you feel good about yourself because you are able to help others
and see its effect on their lives.
volunteers 2 days per week, 4 and a half hours per day. She works on a
variety of units, and she really enjoys talking to parents and staff
about how they are doing. She brings donuts to the parents and offers a
listening ear or a hug, and it makes her feel good to provide support
to those around her. They are her “friends away from home.”
is also actively involved in her church, Mt. Enon. She volunteers as a
greeter, helps make summer lunches for children, visits nursing homes,
and is active with her family in the Dayton area, babysitting grandkids
and visiting with her 3 kids as well.
Doris wants to
encourage and inspire others to volunteer at Dayton Children’s. She
says it is a pleasure to work with the staff and volunteers there, and
she wants those interested to try it. “Pay is what you feel in the
heart,” she says. “It is easy to be kind and treat people how you would
want to be treated.” Her approach to making people feel better is to be
kind, and smile.
United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Doris Norris as the Community Volunteer of the Month for July.
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."
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