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United Way Greater Dayton

A city program that transformed parking meters into brightly colored charitable donations sites has announced its collection totals from its first year of operation. Real Change Dayton launched last summer to help people struggling with homelessness and cut down on panhandling.

 

From left to right, City Manager, Shelley Dickstein; DDP President, Sandy Gudorf; Tracy Sibbing with United Way; and Montgomery County Commissioner, Dan Foley.
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Dayton officials Tuesday launched a new collaborative effort aimed at reducing the number of panhandlers in the city. The new Real Change Dayton (RCD) program encourages people to help the homeless by giving at designated locations instead of giving directly to panhandlers.

Matthew Purkey at the WYSO studios
Jerry Kenney

If you’ve ever checked out TED Talks on Youtube or TED.com, you know it’s an event that features a series of dynamic speakers on a wide variety of subjects—Ideas Worth Spreading. TED Talks has generated big audiences, and cities around the country, including Dayton, have spun off their own events in recent years. This year’s TEDxDayton conference will feature live local speakers looking to spark deep discussion and create connections among local audiences.