Community Gem: Dayton-area woman works to help homeless population

Left to right: Michelle Farris, Ashley Browning, Ashley Stephens and Ashley Corporal, with volunteer group SoLoved set up a table on Olive Tree Drive in Trotwood to helps serve food and water to those in need in the area Tuesday, May 28 after overnight tornadoes ripped through the  region. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Left to right: Michelle Farris, Ashley Browning, Ashley Stephens and Ashley Corporal, with volunteer group SoLoved set up a table on Olive Tree Drive in Trotwood to helps serve food and water to those in need in the area Tuesday, May 28 after overnight tornadoes ripped through the region. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

When the 2019 Memorial Day tornados destroyed parts of Trotwood and Dayton, Ashley Browning was one of the first that went into the communities and helped clean up and provided food, clothing, and shelter for families that needed it.

She even assisted in getting monetary donations for families that had to move through her nonprofit SoLoved, a project-based organization focused on community outreach to different populations throughout the Dayton area.

Browning, who lives in Trotwood and is a project manager at Wright State University, was nominated as a Dayton Daily News Community Gem by Holly Vance.

Vance described Browning as a person that cares deeply about bettering the community.

“Ashley is a pillar in the Dayton community,” Vance said. “She cares greatly about her community and she works effortlessly to meet the needs of people.”

Browning’s giving nature started well before the tornadoes when she started SoLoved in 2013.

SoLoved has four signature initiatives throughout the year including bagged lunches for the homeless, blessing bags with toiletries, a sock drive and a night of giving where donated items are given to a preselected charity.

“Ashley is an amazing community organizer and activist. She’s a leader and motivator in and out of the spotlight. Always pushing everyone to follow their dreams and giving them the resources and platform to do so,” Tasha Washington-Harris said.

“I’m actually just shocked, I didn’t expect that. I feel humbled, honored and just thankful,” Browning said about being nominated as a Dayton Daily News Community Gem.

Browning enjoys community outreach as it allows her to connect people to resources.

“I enjoy just being able to bring awareness and education to people about the type of resources that are available for them,” Browning said. “Some times it’s a long process for people to get the things that they need.”