West Dayton is to the Miami Valley what apple seeds are to apples: you can’t have the latter without the former. The West Dayton communities gave the Miami Valley its world-changing history—and they will be central to the Miami Valley’s world-shaping future.
Composed of nineteen neighborhoods, West Dayton is rich with small-town approachability and big-city resolve. A predominately African-American family of neighborhoods, with a growing diverse population, West Dayton was home to many middle-class families working in industry and manufacturing.
In recent times, and along with much of the downtown Dayton area, West Dayton and its neighbors have experienced the fallout of the area’s industry and manufacturing moving elsewhere: food insecurity, educational gaps, severe joblessness, struggling families, isolated youth, and under-resourced schools.
But West Dayton is a community of resolve. And that’s why Hope4WestDayton came together: to embody the resolve and ingenuity of West Dayton’s neighbors to lift the community.
Hope4WestDayton is shaped by the communities’ robust faith community, energetic civil-rights groups, neighborly trust, and deep commitment to vindicate West Dayton’s story as a community-shaping, world-changing community.
Today, Hope4WestDayton brings together partners from throughout the nineteen neighborhoods to overcome food insecurity, increase volunteerism, eliminate educational gaps, mentor youth, and accelerate entrepreneurship and the local economy.
West Dayton gave the Miami Valley its rich history, and it will give the Miami Valley its exciting future. And we’d love for you to participate in this story of transformation in West Dayton.