How to Go?
What: 5k for Kelli Run/Walk
When: August 18, 2018 at 9am
How to Go?
What: 5k for Kelli Run/Walk
When: August 18, 2018 at 9am
The Glen Helen Association acquired this 76-acre former farm last year, and this will be our first public hike on the parcel. We’ll be bushwhacking. Expect scratchy branches and wet stream crossings on this 1.5-mile adventure. $5, members free. Park across the road at 1265 State Route 343.
One day can make a difference!
“We appreciate the support and help we receive from the community, which allows Five Rivers MetroParks to more effectively protect our region’s natural heritage,” said Yvonne Dunphe, volunteer coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks. “Participating in Make a Difference Day is a great way for everyone to help preserve our environment while experiencing the outdoors and connecting with nature.”
Register online by Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Community members of all ages will work at various sites throughout the Dayton area, including:
“Make a Difference Day is the perfect occasion to have an experience in the park you can feel extra good about,” said Yvonne Dunphe, MetroParks volunteer coordinator. “The weather is cooler, fall color is on full display and you get to spend the day meeting new people while helping to spruce up your favorite MetroPark.”
For those looking to volunteer as a family, Dunphe suggests Possum Creek MetroPark and Adventure Central for younger children, while older children can enjoy volunteering at Germantown MetroPark.
Now in its 25th year, Make a Difference Day is one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. With the common goal to improve the lives of others, millions of volunteers will gather across the country and commit their time to local projects. Five Rivers MetroParks has participated in Make a Difference Day in different capacities for the past few years, and hopes to register 550 volunteers in 2017.
More information is available and registration can be completed online. Participants should wear clothes that are suitable for the weather and the activity in which they are participating. Boots or thick-soled shoes also are recommended. Supplies will be provided for activities, but individuals may wish to bring their own gloves or water to drink.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).
The Dayton Art Institute really needs volunteers Oktoberfest!
It takes nearly 2,000 volunteers to support this museum fundraiser, and we need your help – please consider volunteering at Oktoberfest! This is their largest and most important fundraising event of the year, with proceeds directly benefiting the museum. Many volunteer opportunities are available, including admission gates, the mugs & tees booth, soft drink booths, and assisting with the ACCO Brands FamilyFest.
Follow the link below to learn more about volunteer opportunities, they really need to fill a lot of Sunday shifts! You’ll need to create a VolunteerHub account or login with your existing account to view available shifts.
All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age or older (21 years of age or older to work in beer or wine areas). Volunteers under 18 must have signed parental permission to volunteer at Oktoberfest.
The Troy Strawberry Festival, which hosts up to 150,000 guests each June, needs volunteers to assist with load-in prior to the festival and to serve as ambassadors at multiple shuttle sites throughout the event.
Although there are pre-festival events which take place in May, the Strawberry Festival officially begins on Friday night with food and entertainment for the whole family on our beautiful Great Miami River Levee! Two full days of events follow beginning with Open Ceremonies on Prouty Plaza. From there the main action continues on the Historic Streets of Downtown Troy and along the Great Miami River Levee! Browse over 200 high quality art and craft booths. If you can make it with strawberries, you will find it at the Troy Strawberry Festival. More than 70 food booths offer everything from strawberry salsa, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry BBQ sauce, and of course the famous strawberry donuts! Great family entertainment, two stages of free entertainment, free shuttle service and free admissions.
The Festival is more than just a weekend of fun. It serves as a major fund-raising event for many of the area’s civic and charitable groups. Committees work year-round to prepare for the weekend when as many as 150,000 people come to Troy to take part in our festival.
You can personally impact the experience of each festival guest for our 2016 event through these positions. We’ll treat you well too! Snacks and water are provided, and load-in volunteers even earn a free T-shirt.
Spread the word! Corporate groups, church groups, service organizations, families, and groups of friends are all welcome!
Saturday, June 4th – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, June 5th – 10:00am – 6:00pm.
Sign up for your shift at this link, and share the love with your Facebook friends too! Thanks!
Lauren Williams LIVES UNITED by “using my energy in a positive way in our community.” Lauren volunteers with AIDS Resource Center Ohio and is the chair of 2015’s Masquerage and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Volunteer Connection is proud to have Lauren as October’s Volunteer of the Month.
Lauren grew up in Centerville and graduated from Wright State University. She is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Brookdale Senior Living, just recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary with her husband Brad and has three dogs.
She attended a Masquerage and knew she wanted to get involved witb ARC Ohio. She has been on the associate board for four years and is a leading volunteer. ARC activities in the run-up to Masquerage occupy several hours a week.
Lauren has volunteered since childhood. Both of her grandmothers taught her “about the value of giving back and instilled a spirit of volunteerism.” She says she encourages others to volunteer by “talking about my positive experience and thus encouraging them to participate in opportunities.”She has also volunteered with Alzheimer’s causes. When not busy volunteering she enjoys reading and baking.
United Way’s Volunteer Connection is proud to recognize AIDS Resource Center’s Lauren Williams as Volunteer of the Month for October, 2015.
If you’re 14-19 years old, check out the Teen Usher program!
Volunteers primarily work as the ushers and bartenders for our performance theatres at the Victoria Theatre, Schuster Center and The Loft Theatre. Ushers are responsible for taking tickets, seating patrons, enforcing house policies, assisting patrons and answering questions. They also assist with mailings, staff fair and festival booths, and other tasks. Volunteers are expected to attend an orientation, training sessions, and commit to working a minimum of 50 hours per year.
The Victoria Theatre Association is currently accepting applications for new volunteers for the 2015-2016 season. To fill out an application, click here.
We just had to tell you. We just had to tell you about something happening in your community that you have no idea about.
As you know, 95% of our weekly Food Adventure articles feature local mom and pop establishments serving up great food.
But sometimes, there is a need to mention something that is going on at a Nationally owned restaurant. In this case, no one is more deserving than Bob Medlin, the manager of Longhorn Steakhouse in Moraine, located at 1921 West Dorothy Lane.
We know,we know…. ” the dreaded chain restaurant,” but there is one thing you local purists can’t ignore. It is the constant donation of resources and volunteering that Bob Medlin and his staff give to the Miami Valley. The Big Ragu and Crew volunteer at a lot of charity events, and we notice that Bob Medlin and Longhorn Steakhouse in Moraine are involved in almost every charity group that we support. The staff believes in not only serving quality affordable food, but they go an extra step in volunteering for many charitable organizations.
Food Adventures joined forces with Longhorn Steakhouse Moraine, to support the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. We ate at their pancake breakfasts that supported the Sandy Hook Elementary victims, and the Mobley Family who endured terrible losses in a local fire. The Big Ragu and Crew have also run into the Longhorn staff at the annual AMBUCS Chili cookoff, that benefits Dayton citizens with various disabilities, by providing them equipment to become more mobile.
After talking with the management and the staff, we realized, this was just the tip of the iceberg. Just some of the charities helped by Longhorn Steakhouse in Moraine, either directly or indirectly through volunteering staff, or donating resources, food or supplies, are the following organizations:
Snuggled Up Inc. – bedding for Dayton area kids
The Greater Dayton Apartment Association’s Rent Foundation – prevents homelessness in Dayton, by paying rent for families in crisis.
Shoes for the Shoeless and Brief Blessings – helping Dayton area children with basic needs such as shoes and underwear
Ronald McDonald House of Dayton – Staff volunteered to rake leaves, clean up yard
Dayton Circles – dedicated to ending poverty
Back2Back Ministries – Helping local orphans and abandoned children
Kiser Elementary– helping educate refugee children who have settled in Dayton.
Christ’s Church of Bellbrook’s – various charity programs
Relay for Life Charities from American Cancer Society– pancake breakfasts to raise money
Apex Church charity Rib Dinner to benefit Relay For Life Charities
Donated supplies for Apex Church missionary charity support of 6 Mexican orphans, and 1 orphangirl in India
Big Brothers Big Sisters program of the Greater Miami Valley – Helping Dayton children reach their potential
Dayton Life Enrichment Center – providing groceries and meals to needy families of Dayton
Target Dayton Ministries – serving meals to Dayton’s homeless and poor
Miami Valley Womens Center – helping new moms and dads with loss of an infant
Harvest House – helping rehabilitate females who have been abused, or dealing with depression
Victory Project – helping Dayton youth in the Juvenile system rebuild themselves and stay crime free
Miracle League of Dayton – providing special needs children a baseball field where they can play
These are just some charities off the top of the staff’s heads. The thing is, they don’t toot their own horn, they just help out the community in so many ways. And it is contagious. As we talked to the staff, we realize they all want to help and get involved, because they see how their company has affected lives for the positive.
And so many lives have been affected by the Longhorn Steakhouse staff. We have yet to mention donations to local elementary schools, or events for the Fairmont track football, basketball , and volleyball teams! They even had volunteers help cater a prom dinner.
Longhorn Steakhouse of Moraine events have benefited local pet adoption companies and local cancer survivors. There have been Dayton Demonz hockey team charity work, volunteer staff car washes for charities. Bob Medlin and his co-workers have helped donatefor benefits for cystic fibrosis and leukemia. They have helped local feeding centers, local food banks, and helped organize local clothing donations.
Although they have a full staff supporting and volunteering for many of these events, there are 3 managers at Longhorn who have instilled and lead this philanthropist philosophy with their employees. The first person we have already mentioned, is manager Bob Medlin. The other two, are managing partner Jordan Frank and Rita Hayworth, fundraising specialist. Together they provide a great, caring work atmosphere of giving back to the community.
So the next time you are in the mood for some steakhouse type food, you may want to mosey on over to the Longhorn Steakhouse in Moraine and keep paying it forward. You may even get to see Bob Medlin, and tell him thank you for their community support. Let him know you saw his charity work “shout out” on Food Adventures. Bob and his staff are very humble, and the staff never boasts about their charity work. They participate enthusiastically and take pride in helping various needs in the Dayton area. We are grateful for fellow citizens like this and want them to know, we greatly appreciate all you do. Thanks for making a local difference with a national company.
Please view our gallery below of photos inside Longhorn Steakhouse and the staff volunteering at various events.
Homefull is hosting a Phone-A-Thon on June 24, 25 and 26, and they need your help! Homefull, formerly The Other Place, was founded in 1988 in Dayton, Ohio and has grown to meet the challenging needs of our community in service to homeless persons. They have a bold vision of “a community where there is no homelessness” and a mission “to work to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education.” Homefull offers a comprehensive continuum of care and services to those who are at risk of homelessness, to those who are currently homeless and to those who are formerly homeless. Their programs and services include street outreach, prevention and diversion, Gateway shelter assessment and case management, social enterprise Micro-Farm & Landscaping, housing search and placement, rapid rehousing, and supportive services in transitional and permanent housing.
Homefull is requesting you volunteer one 3 hour shift to help Homefull connect with donors in a fun, energetic atmosphere! Training is provided on site the evening(s) you volunteer. Make a HUGE impact in helping to end homelessness right here in Dayton, Ohio! Take your pick of three shifts: Tuesday 6/24, Wednesday 6/25 and/or Thursday 6/26 from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at our office. Free dinner is provided and there will be gift card raffle prizes for volunteers. Bring a friend or even a group with you to earn more chances to win fabulous prizes!
For more information or to sign up contact Carly with questions 937-293-1045 x 530.
Go green by protecting and cleaning green spaces in honor of Earth Day: Join Five Rivers MetroParks’ 27th annual Adopt-A-Park event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. Register online by April 7 at www.metroparks.org/adopt.
A diverse crew of volunteers of all ages, accessibility levels and backgrounds join forces during this event to make our parks and river corridors healthier, more attractive and friendlier places to visit. Volunteers will participate in projects aimed at improving the environment at more than two dozen sites throughout the Dayton area.
Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch at RiverScape MetroPark, and project supplies will be provided. Groups are encouraged to register early to ensure space at available sites.
“With this year’s high water and snow, cleanup along our rivers and bikeways will be especially important,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers MetroParks. “We’ve seen some incredible wildlife during past clean ups, including beavers, otters, red fox and numerous interesting birds. You never know what you’re going to come across.”
In addition to cleanup, volunteers will plant trees, prepare garden beds, remove invasive species and paint. This year’s Adopt-A-Park volunteers also will help with conservation efforts to restore our forests by checking on tree seedlings that have been planted in past years, repairing protective tubes and making sure the seedlings are growing as planned.
“Environmental stewardship is a top of priority at Five Rivers MetroParks,” Kepler said. “We do this work year-round to help protect our environment, and the Adopt-A-Park volunteers help us create cleaner parks and natural spaces. Plus, it’s a great way to get back outside after winter, celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring.”
In 2013, more than 2,000 people volunteered at 37 sites located throughout Montgomery County to remove trash and invasive species, maintain trails, and prepare garden beds. Roughly 28,000 pounds of litter and 300 tires were removed; 13,500 pounds of recyclable materials were collected; and 6,000 trees were planted.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call