“I want to get involved. How can I get involved more?” I think I hear this phrase once a week from people all over. Some are new to the area and some are seasoned veterans of the Dayton region.
Below, you’ll find three ways to help you get more involved and learn more about Dayton.
1.) Define Your Passion
It is easy to say “I want to do something,” and start running around to different organizations trying to fill that void. One crucial step that many people neglect to do is define what gives them that spark, that passion to do something. It is not much fun to be doing something that you don’t care about at all. That’s like going to a pet shelter and taking care of puppies when what you really wanted to do was work at a food pantry.
PRO-TIP: Make a list of the top 4 things that you love to do in your life. This will help point you in the direction of an organization that has similar passion.
2.) Get Out & Get Social
Some of the best organizations I got involved with were from my involvement with a different group or organization. Dayton is big enough for there to be some great overlap in certain areas, you just need to have a starting point to help springboard you into them. Below are a list of a few things that you can do that have many highly-involved Daytonians within them.
Dayton Sportcial (Pronounced “Spore-Shull”) – Dayton Sportcial’s goal is easy: Have fun playing the games that we grew up loving. Their focus is to set up well-organized sports leagues, tournaments, and events while teaming up with local businesses for drink specials, food, and creative programming.
UpDayton – UpDayton inspires and empowers young professionals to create the Dayton, Ohio they want – a thriving place to live, work, and play. UpDayton seeks to spur economic growth in the Dayton region by attracting and retaining young creative talent. UpDayton wants to show young adults that the Gem City is a great place to live, work and play. And if top-notch creative young professionals want to live in our community, then top-notch entrepreneurs, businesses and investors want to be here, too!
Generation Dayton – Generation Dayton’s purpose is to engage, inspire, retain, and attract talented young professionals in the Dayton region by providing opportunities to connect with peers, develop professional skills, build relationships with business and community leaders, voice opinions and concerns to decision-makers, volunteer to improve the surrounding community, and have a positive impact on others and the Dayton region.
3 – Watering Holes are Gold Mines
One of my favorite things to do is grab a seat at a bar and strike up a convo with whoever sits down. Now, you have to be mindful of your surroundings in the sense of whether or not the person wants to be left alone or maybe they are just wanting to talk with their friends. I have had some amazing conversations with folks who share one of my favorite pastimes. I have met city employees, small and large business owners, and people just like me looking to chat for a bit. If you are not shy and able to initiate a few words, this is a great way to see what else is out there, or at least pass the time over a beer or two.
Some of my favorite spots:
- Warped Wing