Nick Eddy expected his phone be ringing off the hook Tuesday morning, that day after tornadoes ripped through cities in Montgomery, Greene and Mercer counties.
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Instead Eddy, the manger of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Volunteer Connection, said the nonprofits he works with have been working hard to assess the needs of those they serve and to put out figurative fires.
“Everybody is running around talking about urgent matters like electric,” Eddy said.
Severe storms and tornadoes hit the Miami Valley Monday night, leaving many in the area without power, access to drinkable water or safe shelter.
WAYS TO HELP NOW
Contribute to the fund
The Dayton Foundation has established the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.
The 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.
Contributes can be mailed to The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423.
A donation can also be made on online here.
List “Greater Dayton Disaster Relief” on the check or in the fund name field.
=• Support the Foodbank
To help those affected by severe weather, The Foodbank in Dayton is asking for bottled water and non-perishable food item donations, as well as volunteers to help sort food. The Foodbank ask that the non-perishable food items are easy to open.
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Bottled water and non-perishable food item donations can be dropped off at the warehouse at 56 Armor Place in Dayton from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 30.
Those looking to volunteer their time can go to the warehouse to help sort food, also from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Foodbank asked those looking to volunteer to stay out of affected areas due to safety concerns.
• Help the Red Cross
The American Red Cross said the best and quickest way to assist those impacted is to donate money, since it takes time and money to sort, store and distribute donated items.
To make a $10 donation, visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word RedCROSS to 90999.
• Roll up your sleeves
Ginghamsburg Methodist Church’s Fort McKinney campus, 3721 W. Siebenthaler Ave., Harrison Twp., Montgomery County, will hold neighborhood clean ups beginning to night around 6 p.m. and Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 10 a.m.
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Rev. Jon Morgan said area residents are welcome to come and bring gloves, chainsaws and other tools.
The church’s Tipp City campus is organizing its June 8 and June 22 service days around assisting those harmed by the storms and tornadoes, Nathan Combs, the church’s executive director of operations, said.
Those interested in the service days should send email to
• Donate to the food pantry
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley invites people to donate through its website, cssmv.org. spokesman Mike Lehner said.
Online contribute to support the pantry allow us the flexibility to purchase the food,” he said. “That’s the best way for them to help us help people.”
• Give blood
An urgent call for blood donations has been made in light of Monday’s tornadoes and a busy holiday weekend at local hospitals.
The Community Blood Center has a critical need for type O positive blood, Mark Pompilio, a spokesman for the center, said.
Officials ask that people with O type blood to donate blood at the Dayton Community Blood Center, 349 South Main St.
Donors can also visit www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE to schedule the best time to donate.
All blood types are being sought but O positive is particularly needed.
O positive blood is the universal blood type for all positive RH factor (O, A, B, and AB positive) patients.
Type O positive is the most common blood type.
• Donate items
Three Middletown businesses are accepting donated items that will be delivered to those impacted by Monday night’s tornadoes in Dayton.
Water, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, non-perishable foods, fans and generators are some of the “major needs,” said Jeri Lewis, community relations director at Kingswell Seminary, 1124 Central Ave. Items can be dropped off at Kingswell from noon to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the back entrance.
Appointments also can be made by calling Lewis at 513-649-9699.
The other two drop-off locations: Assured Automotive Repair and Discount Tire, 215 Charles St., Middletown; Barks n Bubbles, 420 Ohio 122, Madison Twp.
• More volunteer opportunities coming
Eddy anticipate that there will be many more volunteer opportunities as the United Ways agencies in Montgomery Greene and Preble counties get a better handle on the community’s needs.
Civic pride is high in the Miami Valley and people are primed to pitch in, he said.
He pointed out that the storms and tornadoes came on the heels of the KKK rally in downtown Dayton.
A crowd of about 600 people drowning out the message of nine members of the hate group affiliate on Courthouse Square.
“Dayton’s spirit is riding high, Eddy said. “Any time is a terrible time to have a disaster like this, but the community is ready to stand strong.”
Updates on how to volunteer to causes related to the tornadoes will be posted on the Volunteer Connection website, volunteerdayton.org.
Eddy said projects for the United Way of Dayton’s Day of Action set for June 21 will likely revolve around recovery from the storms and tornadoes.
“I think there will be a lot of painting to be done and repairs to be made,” he said.