How to get out and help with tornado relief this weekend

Published: Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 12:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 3:59 PM

This weekend, many volunteering opportunities are being organized to help some of the most impacted areas following the Memorial Day tornadoes.

Volunteers are expected to continue their efforts across the communities in Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties that were pounded by a record tornado outbreak on Memorial Day night.  

Many groups have organized aid efforts again this weekend, the third since 15 tornadoes, ranging in strength from EF0 to EF4, were confirmed in the region.

>> Foundation raises more than $500,000 for tornado relief

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley emphasized the importance of volunteerism, and said the momentum needs to continue. “We know this is going to be a long-term recovery. We will need volunteers throughout the summer,” she said.  

Since the tornadoes hit, the community has stepped up to help with donations of money, supplies, food and water. Churches, nonprofits and volunteers from across the region and beyond have rolled up their sleeves and have helped with the distribution of supplies, cleaned up debris and hauled it away.  

About 60 volunteers gathered at the Christian Life Center in Vandalia on Friday to assemble care packages for people affected by tornado damage. 400 packages of cleaning supplies and 400 packages of food were made for distribution on Saturday by nearly 800 volunteers according to church member Donna LaChance. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(TY GREENLEES/STAFF)

Here are some of the relief efforts happening this weekend, June 14-16.


Love Explosion - Upper Room Worship Center

This disaster relief work day will be on June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Upper Room Worship Center, 648 N Hyatt Street, Tipp City. Wear work clothes and gloves.

CLC LoveDayton 2.0 - 

The Christian Life Center will head two new projects as part of their LoveDayton 2.0 event, after the success of the first LoveDayton event last weekend.


On Friday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, 5-7 volunteers are needed to assemble painting materials from the CLC LoveDayton storage barn located off the driveway, load up supplies in the CLC van and deliver them to 12 sites around Dayton. Carpooling may be necessary.  


On Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will meet up to cut trees with chainsaws and remove debris. At least one member of the group needs to have a pickup truck. Supplies such as saws, rakes and gloves will be provided, as well as water and some snacks. Directions will be given to approximately 12 sites that need cleaned up. Meet at Smith Middle School in the parking lot closest to Little York Road at 9 a.m. 

Compassion First Ministry

At the storage barn by the Student Life Center, the CLC needs 8-10 volunteers to help sort items today from 1 to 5 p.m.

Northridge Area Food Bank

The food band needs volunteers so those who have been on site daily can rest. Monday through Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., help is needed sorting and distributing food. You do not have to work the full six hours, just as long as you can.

Harrison Township Fire Station

Show up at 2400 Turner Road to the Fire Station anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Help is needed sorting and handing out donations, as well as talking to those who show up to receive donations and assessing their needs. Call or text Amanda at 309-370-8741 to be set up with a specific location that needs your help. You can also donate food items, laundry items, diapers and cleaning supplies.

Shiloh Church, United Church of Christ

This church is the closest relief site to the hard hit area near Sinclair Park, and donations and volunteers are both needed. The church is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Requested items are:

  • Diapers, size 4 and 5
  • Deodorant
  • Dish soap
  • Canned goods
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion
  • Bath towels, wash rags, kitchen towels
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Socks, underwear

Vineyard Church

The Dayton Vineyard Church, located at 4051 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek, has gone from a relief shelter to a relief resource center. This location will continue to accept donations, but its main goal is organizing the supplies they have received so far and distributing them to those who need them most. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, you can help with the distribution of these supplies. Teams of volunteers will also be sent out 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday to damaged neighborhoods that need assistance. Volunteers must be at least 18. Monetary donations are preferred so items can be bought in bulk. For more information, call 800-730-2537.

Faircreek Church

Faircreek Church is sending out volunteers all of this week. Morning, evening and all-day shifts are available. Just text WORK to 937-818-4030 to receive daily updates of work sites and specific needs.

Brethren Disaster Ministries

This ministry meets Monday-Saturday at Happy Corner Church in Clayton at 7 a.m. and travels to Northridge to work until 4 p.m. This group is working with neighborhoods and school systems with certain service needs.

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon can help you find opportunities to volunteer and serve this weekend. To get involved, call 571-723-1311 or you can go to Team Rubicon HQ at 4801 Salem Avenue and follow these directions: 

1. Get there around 7:50 a.m. Their morning briefing starts at 8 a.m. 

2. Go in front door & sign-in. You will be issued a Team Rubicon T-shirt 

3. At the morning briefing, volunteers will be assigned to crews 

4. Volunteers will be issues gloves and hard hats 

5. Tools will be provided 

6. You can ride with staff or drive on your own to the job site 

(Individuals - report to Sinclair’s VRC - address is: 220 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd - they will place you from there)

>> Restaurants that have reopened after tornado damage

A donation center was set up following last week's tornadoes at Pippin’s Market in Trotwood. Needed items include cleaning supplies, deodorant, body wash and baby items like diapers, wipes, baby food and formula.(Amelia Robinson)


Dayton Inspires

A Dayton organization needs toy donations for children affected by the tornadoes. Dayton Inspires will deliver toys, popsicles and ice cream on Monday, June 17, to shelters housing families displaced from their homes.   

You can donate at the following locations:

  • Hopeland Church, 6025 Miller Lane, Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
  • Catapult Creative, in the lobby at 10 N. Ludlow, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Heart Mercantile, 438 E. Fifth St., Monday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Toys can be dropped off in the alley behind the building.
  • American Legion hall, 27 S. Meadow Drive, Trotwood, 3-5 p.m. June 13. There will be a cookout as well. Toys can be dropped off anytime before then.

Pippin’s Market

Pippin’s Market, 5440 Olive Road, Trotwood, will now be open 3 days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. Donations and volunteers will be accepted during those days. They are requesting 10 volunteers for each day, so message their page and sign up.

Hopeland Church

Hopeland Church at Stop 8 and Miller Lane is in need of backpacks, canned goods, cleaning supplies and feminine products, as well as body wash, shampoo and shaving supplies.

Bill’s Garage

Bill’s Garage, 602 Brandt Pike, needs help sorting and distributing donations so he can get back to running his garage. He has also set up an outdoor cooking area. Volunteers are needed to hand out food and cook.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless at 6488 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights is accepting donations except clothes at this time. Furniture, new and slightly used toys, and other items will be accepted. Donation times are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

The Puerto Rican American and Caribbean Organization of Dayton

The organization is accepting donations for tornado relief efforts on Saturdays, June 15 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton International School Spanish Immersion Academy, 5700 Far Hills Avenue. Clothing, food or water will not be accepted, but any personal care items, cleaning supplies, paper products, first aid items, batteries, candles, diapers, latex and work gloves, masks, shovels, flashlights or other supplies can be donated. Gift cards are accepted and preferred.


Dayton Rotary 

You can fill out a secure donation form on the Dayton Rotary website.

Safe House Studios / Pippins Market Relief Fund

Pippin’s Market want to lend a hand by providing housing information, down payment assistance and home owners insurance deductibles, household necessities and moving assistance to those going through the difficult process of re-homing.

>> Donate online here

Dayton Foundation Relief Fund

You can make online credit card gifts to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund at the Dayton Foundation. Once you complete your transaction, the Foundation will send you a letter acknowledging your donation. Your contribution is fully tax deductible.

United Way Dayton

United Way Dayton is accepting monetary donations as well as other donations ranging from food and rent assistance to diapers. You can also contact them to volunteer by calling 937-225-3039.

>> Donate online here

>> Cox Media Group Ohio partners with The Dayton Foodbank to distribute food to areas devastated by tornadoes

Foodbank Dayton 

You can donate to the Dayton Foodbank online by visiting the donate page on their website. Types of donations include:

  • one-time online donations
  • a recurring monthly donation
  • honor and memorial tribute donations

Matthew 25 Ministires

Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization helping the poorest of the poor and disaster victims locally, regionally, nationally and internationally regardless of race, creed or political persuasion. By rescuing and reusing products from major corporations and manufacturers, Matthew 25: Ministries provides basic necessities, nutritional supplements, educational materials, micro-enterprise supplies and disaster relief across the nation and world.

>> Donate online here

>> Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund established to help those affected by tornadoes


The Clothes Pin 

This is a local mission through First Baptist Church New Lebanon that offers clothing, shoes and accessories to those in need from a mobile platform.

Donations should be dropped off at the church at 335 Church St., New Lebanon. Call 937-687-1611 for more information.


McKinley United Methodist 

196 Hawthorn St., Dayton 

Call 937-228-1263 to confirm needs and delivery times.

Fairborn Methodist Church 

100 N. Broad St., Fairborn 


St. Vincent De Paul 

945 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

Call (937) 222-5555 for more information


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