How often are you stopped at a red light and see someone standing on the corner holding a sign and asking for money? Don’t feel bad about not handing them your cash – there are better ways to help them.
A collaboration of Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, and partnering with Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley, The Foodbank, Homefull, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS), PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Programs, and St. Vincent De Paul, Real Change Dayton is a program designed to address the growing panhandling problem in the Dayton area.
Real Change Dayton is a public information campaign that encourages the public to donate to programs instead of individuals. There are many resources available to those who are holding signs, and most of them are already in those programs.
A few ways to donate include:
- Text “REALCHANGE” to 71777
- Visit realchangedayton.org
- Bright red donation meters will be installed throughout downtown as another means of collecting funds.
- Donations of cash, materials, or time can be made directly to any agency of choice (links provided above).
If you’ve been in the downtown Dayton, no doubt you’ve seen the bright green Link Bikes in action.
Riders can access the bikes at any of twenty-four stations throughout the downtown area. Bikes are available for one time users, and memberships are also available. Trips are available for 30 minutes at a time, and if a rider wants to use the bike longer, they can either check the bike back in then check it out again, or they can keep the bike past 30 minutes and pay an additional fee.
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