|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
Jessup LIVES UNITED by giving back to the community that has given so
much to him. United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize
Matthew Jessup as the Community Volunteer of the Month.
to volunteer for Matt comes from a feeling of being blessed in his life
with a great family, good health and financial security. After the
healthy birth of his son Rowen, Matt toured the office of Ronald
McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, saw the families
and children that benefit from the agency’s work, and was compelled to
Raised in the Dayton area, Matt graduated from
Wright State University in 2004 and worked at a brokerage firm for ten
years before starting an independent company in 2009. His first
volunteer involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities was opening
up his home for Doors of Compassion, a dinner event hosted in
individual’s homes, followed by a live auction after party. In 2014, 25
homes hosted dinners in support of RMHC, with Matt’s company, Jessup
Wealth Management, being the 2014 title sponsor for the event.
McDonald House Charities also prepares dinner each night for the
families and children staying at the facility. Once a month, Matt,
along with a few other generous volunteers, makes dinner for 35 people,
buying and bringing the food, which they prepare in the kitchen area of
Ronald McDonald House. Matt sends out a monthly newsletter to his
company’s clients, and he includes the cooking opportunity to find
additional volunteers to help prepare the food for everyone. He also
recognizes the importance of actively asking people to participate, and
treats them to dinner at The Deli at Webster Street afterwards.
is also helping out with the Red Shoe Society, a group at Ronald
McDonald House launching its first year, wanting to actively involve
25-50 year olds in the community.
He is active in his
church, Church of the Cross in Kettering. He has been a member since
2008, where his wife Rachel leads the praise team, and he heads up the
finance committee. He is also on the board of the Human Race Theatre,
and he serves as a liaison for the East Dayton Food Pantry located at
the South Park United Methodist Church.
Matt feels blessed
in his own life, knows others that are less fortunate, and wants to
give back to the community that has provided a good life for him and
his family. Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House has enabled Matt to
both give back and enrich his life with new friends and experiences.
Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Matthew Jessup as the
Community Volunteer of the Month for August.
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