Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and the Opus Est Committee invite you to participate in a three-month-long Sentimental Journey that’s sure to engage, inform, and inspire you.
For many people, the past few months have put parts of their lives on “pause.” But the level of need in the community hasn’t paused, and neither has Catholic Social Services. Thanks to a dedicated staff that has been willing and able to adapt to new challenges, the agency has continued to forge ahead in providing services to those who need them most.
Catholic Social Services’ programs are fundamentally about empowerment: giving individuals and families the “hand up” they need to change their own lives for the better. Every couple of weeks during the Journey, CSSMV will send out an email that will connect our followers with the next installment in the story. Be sure to sign up so you’ll get to meet some of the agency’s clients and volunteers and learn more about what CSSMV means to them. You’ll also gain insights into the many different types of needs Catholic Social Services is meeting every single day.
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A note from our ‘event’ chairperson
No one likes a party more than the members of the Opus Est Committee! Because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Jazz Party, we knew we wanted the 2020 event to be big and memorable. We settled on “Sentimental Journey” as our theme because it seemed fitting both in life and in song. Little did we know that our “journey” would take a new path.
Uncertain as to whether we’d be able to safely host an event for more than 400 guests, the committee decided early on to instead create an event that people could participate in virtually. We usually come together to tell our stories, we come together to break bread (and have a little wine), and we come together to support the wonderful agency, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley. This year all of that is still happening, but it will be online instead of face-to-face.
The stories you’ll hear will touch your heart and help you realize the variety of programs and support Catholic Social Services provides. We are blessed to share this life and so grateful to the people who serve our community in such an ongoing and dynamic fashion. We hope you will join us to share this Sentimental Journey – a three-month voyage that will culminate with a celebration on Friday, November 20.
It will be so sweet when we are able to be together again! In the meantime, stay well and thank you for your continued support.
Chair, Opus Est Committee
Corporate Event Sponsorships
Sponsorship Opportunities for our 2020 Signature Events
For more information about our signature events and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mike Lehner, director of marketing & development, at (937) 223-7217 ext.1142.
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!
OUR CURRENT NEEDS
Supervised Visitation (Erma’s House)
Donations can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at Catholic Social Services’ Center for Families, 1046 Brown Street in Dayton.
- Individually wrapped snacks such as microwave popcorn, goldfish crackers, cookies, raisins, fruit snacks, pretzels and chips
- Juice boxes
- Craft supplies such as play-doh, paint, dry erase markers, drawing paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, glue sticks and poster board
- Board games
- Card games
- Holiday-themed children’s books
- Paper towels
- Clorox wipes
- Liquid hand soap
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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The donation dock is located on the south side of the building, on the side facing the Job Center. Please ask for a carbonless receipt that shows the donation as being for Catholic Social Services. This is the only way to be sure your donation is credited to us.
Furniture can also be scheduled for pick up by calling (937) 425-0592. Any items to be picked up should be clean of pet hair and dander, stains, and heavy damage or tears, and must be on the ground floor. (The pickup crew won’t carry furniture up or down stairs.) Be sure to tell them when scheduling a pickup that your donation is for Catholic Social Services, and make sure you get a receipt showing Catholic Social Services as the recipient of your donation.
Dayton Food Pantry
If your group or organization would like to host a food drive for our pantry, donations are always welcome. We do encourage you to contact us in advance to find out if there are specific types of items that would be particularly helpful. You can contact our Parish & Community Relations Coordinator, Mike Hoendorf, at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1141 or at email@example.com.
We also ask that donations not be dropped off during the hours our pantry is in operation, as this diverts the pantry staff from their focus on the clients being served. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please contact our Pantry Coordinator, Ash Cummings, at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1144 to coordinate drop-off.
Our refugee resettlement team is not requesting any donations at this time, other than financial gifts. When we begin seeking items again, information will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
We invite you to view a short video to see the positive impact that comes from your support.
Join the 1921 Society
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.
Support our 2020 Annual Fund
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, 2020 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 normal 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.
The health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers are of paramount importance to us. Our food pantry in Dayton is open during normal hours on weekday mornings, but in order to reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible, we are providing prepackaged boxes of food instead of operating under our normal “choice” model. This is currently the ONLY program for which we’re using volunteers. If you are between the ages of 18 and 50 and have no virus symptoms, you can contact Mike Hoendorf at (937) 223-7217 ext.1141 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about volunteering.
Questions about our volunteer program and opportunities? Call Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
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.
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.
Submit a Volunteer Application
Prospective volunteers are asked to complete our online application form.
CLICK HERE for the application.
Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, group orientation sessions are TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. We do have an immediate need for volunteers to assist in our food pantry on weekday mornings. Please contact Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130 for more information.
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.
Our Most Urgent Needs
Catholic Social Services is launching a volunteer driving program to expand transportation options in Auglaize, Logan, Mercer, Shelby, Darke and Champaign Counties. One of the goals of this pilot program is to eliminate gaps in transportation that exist because of the lack of cross-county and region-to-region transport.
This program is focused on transporting individuals to medical and non-medical appointments and to employment. The highest-priority populations will be older adults, individuals with disabilities, and low-income populations who don’t have access to other options. The program is meant to allow access for those who need transportation outside of traditional transit hours and who cannot afford the high cost of private providers.
We are currently working to recruit and train approximately 10 volunteer drivers. The training includes eight hours of ODOT Drive training, CPR and First Aid, VIRTUS (Child Protection) training, and Defensive Driving training. Volunteers will provide curb-to-curb transportation, using their personal vehicles to transport within their county and adjoining counties.
If you would be willing to help your neighbors by becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Michelle Caserta-Bixler for more information at (937) 575-7115 or email@example.com.
MIAMI COUNTY FOODSOURCE ASSOCIATE
Help serve elderly home-bound seniors throughout Miami County by delivering food boxes to those in need as part of our FoodSource program.
Volunteers are asked to commit 3-4 hours on the second Friday of every month delivering food boxes to 5-10 homes. Each box contains 40 lbs. of food, which can be divided into grocery bags and carried in multiple trips to the residence if you aren’t comfortable carrying the whole box at once.
Minimum requirements for this volunteer position are:
- Ability to work independently, with limited supervision
- Access to a reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and current insurance
- Ability to lift and carry several pounds of food
- Must submit volunteer application, attend orientation, complete Virtus training, and pass a background check
All interested candidates should complete our Online Volunteer Application. Mark “Northern Counties” as your area of interest.
Questions? Contact agency volunteer coordinator Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
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.
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 Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130 for more info.
FOOD PANTRY: CLIENT INTAKE
Our Choice Food Pantry in Dayton has volunteers 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.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Front Desk Volunteers
We need volunteers to staff the front desk at our administrative office at 922 W. Riverview Avenue in Dayton. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 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 light administrative support. Visitors include board members and donors as well as clients accessing services. For more information, please contact Linda Spanel at (937) 223-7217 ext.2100.
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.
- Work in the Choice Food Pantry
- Help set up an apartment for refugee arrivals
- Disinfect toys at Erma’s House and match game pieces
- Assist with fundraising events
- Landscaping – rake leaves, pick up trash, plant flowers and help make our buildings attractive and inviting
- Hold a donation drive for items needed by one or more of our programs; visit our Donate Needed Items page for wish lists and other information