UD launches program to boost quality of life in Dayton

The University of Dayton is partnering with the City of Dayton and Dayton Metro Libraries on a $385,000 initiative aimed at improving the quality of life throughout the city.

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The three entities are launching Dayton Corps, a special community-building team that will employ 60 AmeriCorps members who will work to improve local neighborhoods, education and opportunities, according to UD.

The program will help families experiencing joblessness and housing insecurity while boosting active membership of neighborhood associations, raising numbers of engaged landlords, helping people get job interviews, improving reading and math skills for students and increase parent engagement.

ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism, will provide a $292,691 grant for the initiative, which will be matched with $55,000 in public funding and $37,572 in private donations, according to the university.

UD’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community will coordinate the program with the city and library. Montgomery County Homeless Solutions, St. Vincent de Paul, Daybreak and Homefull will also assist with the initiative, according to UD.

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