Dayton has faced unimaginable devastation and heartbreak this week from a series of tornadoes ripped through the region on Memorial Day.
But one thing is more clear than ever. Daytonians have each other’s backs when the going gets tough.
For days, social media has been flooded with people asking how they can help, where they can donate and just looking for somewhere to start making a helpful impact. This weekend will be many people’s first opportunity to actually get out and help, as they’ve been at work all week or working to put their own lives back together.
Here are relief efforts happening this weekend, June 1-2, that we know about so far.
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HOW TO HELP THIS WEEKEND
💙Dayton Inspires is organizing a multiple-city cleanup on Saturday, June 1, to help multiple communities impacted by the tornadoes. All locations are meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Organizers are asking volunteers to bring gloves, power tools and trucks or trailers if they have them.
— Old North Dayton (park at Osman Gazi Mosque, 1508 Valley St, Dayton)
— River’s Edge Apartments (park at Grace House Church, 1222 N Main St, Dayton)
— Northridge / Wagner Ford Rd area (park at EC Gentleman’s Club, 2213 Wagner Ford Rd, Dayton)
— Harrison Township area (park at Hopeland Church, 6025 Miller Ln, Dayton)
Bring gloves and power tools if you have them
Meet at Trotwood-Madison High School out back (4440 N Union Road, Trotwood)
Bring gloves and power tools if you have them
Meet at Be Hope Church (1850 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek)
Bring gloves and power tools as you have them
• West Milton
Meet at Miami Lanes (1159 S Miami St., West Milton)
Bring gloves, power tools and trucks and trailers as you have them
Visit “The Living City Project” website at declare.org for more information on how to help Saturday.
💙How to help: Beavercreek area
The City of Beavercreek and surrounding neighborhoods were hit hard by the Memorial Day tornadoes. The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce website has made it easy to see where you can give your time and resources this weekend to those in need.
Be Hope Church group is organizing multiple meetups across the Beavercreek-area. Visit behope.church to see where you can best be of help. The meetups are divided into eight zones where some of the devastation was the worst.
💙How to help: Trotwood area
Trotwood City Schools Superintendent Tyrone Olverson asks for those with chainsaws, Bobcat-style tractors, and trailers to help haul away debris to a local landfill. Skilled laborers are also needed to assist with covering up homes that are exposed. Volunteers should report to Trotwood-Madison High School on both Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They will then be bused into the community for the cleanup efforts.
— The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is keeping its website updated with volunteer opportunities all weekend long. On Friday and Saturday, shuttles will transport volunteers from Trotwood Madison High School and relief sites every 45 minutes between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and safety glasses or any other equipment that could come in handy. Volunteers should meet at 4440 N. Union Road in Trotwood.
— In Trotwood, Corinthian Baptist Church, 700 South James H. McGee Blvd, which is one of the American Red Cross emergency shelters, is asking for donations. Items that are needed include: bottled water, work gloves, baby products, personal hygiene supplies, non-perishable food items, safety glasses, laundry detergent, pillows, etc.
💙How to help: Dayton
— Friday, Therapy Cafe in downtown Dayton has decided to make its show a benefit for those impacted by the Memorial Day Tornadoes. Terry Mullan’s last show in Dayton, and possibly Ohio, will be for a great cause. The American DJ who became popular in the 1990s is putting on a concert Friday at Therapy Cafe. Proceeds will go toward helping the city recover from the tornadoes. Doors open at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Therapy is located at 452 E. Third St. in Dayton.
— The Dayton Foodbank is always taking volunteers, but especially this weekend. They need volunteers to help with water distribution, sorting and distribution of food and help at distribution sites. The Foodbank is located at 56 Amor Place in Dayton. Visit thefoodbankdayton.org to see how you can best help out this weekend.
— The Dayton Dragons are accepting non-perishable food items at home games through June 2. The items will be donated to the Foodbank, Inc. The Dragons will also conduct a “pass the bucket” at each game during the home stand which will be donated to the American Red Cross, Dayton Chapter.
— Rob Lowe will be in town this weekend for a performance at Dayton’s Schuster Center. The Dayton Foundation will be collecting donations in the lobby during his show this Sunday, June 2, at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.
The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund was established to “allow the Foundation to quickly distribute disaster relief funds to charitable organizations that currently are working to help provide food, clothing and shelter for our friends and neighbors who are affected by these storms,” a note on the Dayton Foundation website reads.
Contributions can be mailed to The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main St., Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423.
A donation can also be made online here.
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