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

Karen OwensKaren Owens LIVES UNITED by “never knowing a stranger” and by jumping right into volunteer service in a new town.  United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Karen as Community Volunteer of the Month for March.

Karen has lived in the Dayton area for only a year and three months.  She and her husband moved from Seattle after retirement to be near her mother and their son.  A neighbor of Karen’s mother was volunteering at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, which gave her the idea.  “I didn’t want to work full time,” she noted, “and I wanted to be available to my mother.”  Karen volunteers seven hours a week at Goodwill Easter Seals, with a wide range of tasks: assisting a visually impaired associate, cataloging in the library, logging the hours performed by radio reading participants, as well as volunteering with workshops.   She has been with Goodwill Easter Seals for six months.
“Everyone has their issues,” says Karen. “I’ve been blessed!  God has given me so much that if there’s something I can give back, it’s its own reward.”  She recommends volunteering highly.  “When I mention to others what I do and how good I feel about it, it plants a seed.”

Jessica Miles, Accessibility Outreach Manager, speaks highly of Karen.  “Karen always comes in with a wonderful attitude, willing to help and eager to get started.”

United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize Karen as 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 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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