United Way Effort

United Way of Dayton logoWe all have been affected by the loss of jobs in the Dayton area, especially the most recent GM, Delphi, and NCR closings. The impact to  the United Way of Greater Dayton’s funding efforts has been a significant loss in donations, resulting in cuts to vital programs and services offered by local health and human services agencies. One agency, Miami Valley Literary Council, was forced to close its doors September 30 due to the lack of funding.

Last year, United Way Campaign Chairman, Vince Corrado of Shook Construction, took up the challenge to rally the area construction industry to assist the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area in their fundraising efforts.  Vince recognized the value of United Way in our community and he knew that other cities around the country faced with similar economic circumstances, continued to support their local United Way campaigns.  Last year Vince called a summit of the local construction industry leaders and was able to dramatically increase the construction industry’s contributions.

Recognizing the ongoing challenge, Kevin Fuller of Bilbrey Construction Company and President of the Dayton Builders Exchange, picked up the baton from Vince and has committed his efforts and those of the Dayton Builders Exchange to build on what was started to improve the construction industry’s part in supporting the United Way.

Kevin has set out a plan to include all of the area construction trade associations and construction industry firms.  The focus this year is not on one time monetary gifts to the United Way, but to encourage construction firms to run internal employee campaigns.   Participation is the goal and donors giving as little as $1.00 per week  can help restore crucial funding back to the United Way so vital services can continue for those in need in our community.

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area supports the efforts of more than 70 partner agencies focused on providing health and human services programs  to residents in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.  The need has never been greater and there is no question that the United Way is a vital part of our community.

The Builders Exchange of Dayton will be a central part of this effortand we ask the other area associations to join us. You will be hearing more about these efforts throughout the fall campaign.

If you want to learn more about United Way, and how you can be more involved, watch for the notice concerning the Builders Exchange Campaign Directors’ Club Meeting.  Attend the meeting and find out how the BX plans to make it much easier for you to establish an employee campaign.

We thank and congratulate Vince Corrado for getting the ball rolling.  Vince is still actively involved with the United Way and works with other industry sectors on their fund drive campaigns.  We are all proud of Kevin Fuller for taking on the job of continuing the effort within the construction industry.  His commitment of personal time and effort is much appreciated.

Creating positive and lasting change in our community benefits us all but it takes resources. We hope you will join us in this effort to reinvent the current reality of need into one of hope and opportunity for everyone. Working together we can make a difference and make the Greater Dayton area one of the most caring and livable places in America.