United Way's Volunteer Connection
January Community Volunteers of the Month

The Ryan FamilyDave, Sue, and Maggie Ryan LIVE UNITED by showing that families can make a big difference by volunteering together.  United Way's Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize the Ryan Family as our Community Volunteers of the Month for January.

Longtime Dayton residents, Dave is retired from Montgomery County, Sue is a retired schoolteacher, and Maggie is a college student with a double major.
All of the Ryans have a long history at House of Bread, which they first learned of through a summer of service program of Maggie’s and then through Girl Scouts,
where Sue was a den mother for thirteen years. Dave learned of House of Bread and soon was volunteering every Tuesday helping to prepare and serve meals, which he has been doing now for three years.  Sue does behind-the-scenes help for the organization and Maggie volunteers there when she is home from school.  “We enjoy doing it – it brings joy to both the people you are serving and yourself,” says Sue.  The Ryans contribute about forty hours a month to House of Bread, among other organizations such as Holy Angels Church.

Sue also mentions that in speaking of places at which they volunteer, they have introduced many others to House of Bread.  Melodie Bennett, House of Bread Executive Director, says “I have several people I could nominate, but the Ryan family stands out.”

United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Dave, Sue, and Maggie Ryan as Volunteers of the Month for January.

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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