Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley accepts donations of certain items needed by our various programs throughout the year. Because we have limited storage space, we do ask that you refer to the lists of items we’re currently accepting as well as following the instructions for where and when to drop off your donations.
If you have other items that you think might be of use to us, please contact our parish & community relations coordinator at (937) 223-7217 ext.1141 to see if we can accept them.
We appreciate your support!
***PLEASE NOTE — We are in the process of moving to a new offsite warehouse location, and we will NOT be accepting donations on the first Saturday of May (2019). Information about our new location will be posted soon, both here and on our Facebook page @CSSMV.
We are fortunate to have a group of volunteers who accept donations for this program on the first Saturday of each month at our offsite warehouse between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Here are the items we are currently requesting and accepting:
Supervised Visitation (Erma’s House)
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Catholic Social Services’ Center for Families, 1046 Brown Street in Dayton.
Catholic Social Services has a special partnership with St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton. If you have furniture you no longer need and are willing to donate, you can take it to their community store (or have them pick it up), and as long as you let them know that you would like your donation to be credited to Catholic Social Services, our refugee resettlement program will receive store credit to use when we’re setting up new housing for arriving refugees!
You can drop off furniture donations at the St. Vincent de Paul Community Store at 945 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. To request a donation pickup, call (937) 425-0592. Be sure to tell them when scheduling a pickup that your donation is for Catholic Social Services.
We invite you to view last year’s Annual Fund video to learn more about how important your support is to our neighbors in need.
The 1921 Society was established to honor the generations of leadership supporters who have helped Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley serve our most vulnerable neighbors each year. Named for the year CSSMV was founded, the society recognizes annual contributors who support our work with gifts of $1,000 or more each year.
Most gifts at this level are designated toward our Annual Fund. As the primary source of operating funds for agency programs, services and direct client support, the dollars raised by the Annual Fund significantly impact the agency’s capacity to serve more than 20,000 people each year.
For more information, please contact Mike Lehner, director of marketing & development, at (937) 223-7217 ext.1142.
The Annual Fund is the most convenient and impactful way you can support Catholic Social Services each year. As the primary source of operating funding for programs, services and direct client support, the dollars raised by the Annual Fund allow CSSMV to perform its mission each year.
Thanks to broad community support for the Annual Fund, we are able to serve more than 20,000 of our most vulnerable neighbors each year. With your support, 2019 will be no different.
There are several ways you can make your gift:
Cash, check or credit card gifts can be made easily through the mail or in person. Our administrative office is located at 922 W. Riverview Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We also encourage you to visit our secure online giving portal HERE, where you can make a one-time gift or set up monthly or recurring gifts with a credit card or EFT.
Matching Gifts & Payroll Deductions
Many employers offer the opportunity to make gifts to CSSMV through payroll or matching gift opportunities. We invite you to ask your employer if there are opportunities for you to support CSSMV in this way.
Honor & Memorial Gifts
Donors may make contributions in honor of or in memory of special people in their lives. Gifts will be recognized in writing to both the donor and the recipient or family of the honoree or memorialized individual.
IRA Distribution & More
Are you over 70 1/2 years young? If so, did you know that you can avoid having your IRA distribution count as taxable income by donating it directly to CSSMV? We invite you to consult your financial advisor to learn more about this great opportunity.
In addition to IRA opportunities, CSSMV also accepts gifts of securities, bequests, trusts, retirement plans and life insurance policies.
There are so many people in this community who need help, and when you see the variety of challenges that people are faced with it can be a little overwhelming. But it’s also rewarding to know that you can welcome them in, and you know that they are going to get the help they need.
Looking for a way to put your faith into practice by serving our clients or assisting our staff? Recently retired and have skills to offer? Are you in high school or college and looking for ways to enhance your skills and experience? We have one-time and group volunteer opportunities, roles that need volunteers on an ongoing basis, and even programs that need volunteers who can commit to helping out every week.
Looking for a way to put your faith into practice by serving our clients or assisting our staff? Recently retired and have skills to offer? Are you in high school or college and looking for ways to enhance your skills and experience?
We have one-time and group volunteer opportunities, roles that need volunteers on an ongoing basis, and even programs that need volunteers who can commit to helping out every week.
Submit a Volunteer Application
Prospective volunteers are asked to complete our online application form.
CLICK HERE for the application.
Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session
To learn more about how you can help, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientation sessions:
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Families
1046 Brown Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409
1st Monday of each month • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
3rd Friday of each month • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Eckerle Administration Center
922 West Riverview Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
RSVPs are requested, but not required, at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
If you are interested in volunteering with our Refugee Resettlement program, please bring your driver’s license and a copy of your auto insurance to orientation.
Questions about our volunteer program and opportunities? Call Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
FOOD PANTRY: CLIENT INTAKE
Our Choice Food Pantry in Dayton is in need of new volunteers to assist with the client intake process on weekday mornings. This role involves working directly with clients and requires training, so we ask that you be willing to make an ongoing commitment to volunteer at least once a week. (This can also be an internship opportunity for a college student studying social work or a related field.) To learn more, please contact Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
FRONT DESK VOLUNTEERS
We have an IMMEDIATE need for volunteers to staff the front desk at our administrative office at 922 W. Riverview Avenue, and our Center for Families at 1046 Brown Street in Dayton. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; volunteers are asked to commit to at least two hours, one day per week. The front desk volunteer greets and directs visitors in a professional and courteous manner; provides visitors with information about external resources when needed; and provides administrative support. Visitors include board members and donors as well as clients accessing services. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
SUPERVISED VISITATION MONITORS
Erma’s House Family Visitation Center in Dayton offers a supervised, safe, and neutral environment for children to visit with their non-custodial parents. Monitors are needed to supervise these visits. Visitations generally last 1 to 2.5 hours, one day a week in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons. Must be at least 18 years old. Training provided. Call (937) 223-7217 ext.1130 for more info.
Our Senior Outreach program needs volunteer Senior Visitors. The Senior Visiting program is designed to keep isolated seniors safe in their homes and reduce social isolation. Volunteers provide a friendly visit to a senior for about two hours each week. Volunteers are needed in several geographic areas, including Montgomery, Miami, Darke and Shelby Counties. For more information call Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1130.
Our early childhood education center needs classroom substitutes as well as volunteers to help school-age students with homework after school and provide tutoring.
Choice Food Pantry
You or your group can help with unloading and restocking food, serving as a personal shopper, or providing curbside service.
If you’re willing to make a longer-term commitment, we also use trained volunteers to assist with the client intake process.
Our Senior Outreach program needs volunteer Respite Aides in Montgomery County to provide relief for spouses and family members who care for dependent elderly adults at home. Volunteers receive training and are asked to commit to giving the full-time caregiver a 3-4 hour break one day a week. Hours are flexible based on the needs of the client and volunteer. Must be at least 18 years old.
Depending on your interests and skills, you might serve as a mentor to a teen or young adult; become a tutor to help refugees learn and practice English; serve as an interpreter; become a volunteer employment coach; or even help set up a home for a newly arriving refugee family.
Service Project Opportunities
If you are a family, group or individual looking for a service project to support our agency, the following are suggestions for short-term, seasonal, or one-time activities. If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Contact our Parish & Community Relations Coordinator at (937) 223-7217 ext.1141.
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