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

Matthew JessupMatthew 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.

Inspiration 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 give back.

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.

Ronald 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.

Matthew JessupMatt 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.

United 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 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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