Volunteers & Philanthropy

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a great asset to our community. If you have an interest in volunteering, opportunities are available in most township departments – including Recreation, Police and Fire departments. Volunteers are involved in a variety of ways -- helping with clerical tasks, serving on boards, refereeing sports, and assisting with speed control efforts. Contact individual departments for details.

Further volunteer opportunities are available with the organizations the township helps to support – Centerville-Washington History, Americana Festival and the Centerville-Washington Diversity Council.


Volunteers Help Build a Great Community

Volunteers help keep the Township humming – whether they're coaching youth sports, serving on a public board, tending a township garden, or helping with traffic control at an accident scene.

Volunteers share their skills generously with every department, helping with day-to-day tasks. Many important community events couldn't take place without them. The annual Ice Cream Social, Americana Festival and Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast are presented almost solely by volunteer workers.

Volunteers also help set up displays at Woodland Lights, assist with historical programs, and represent the interests of residents on township boards such as Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals,Recreation Advisory Board, and Visual Improvement Program Committee.

In other words, volunteers are essential to a healthy community! They help develop a better community by building shared connections and also save taxpayers money through their contributions of time and talent.

Community Service Award

Since 2003, Washington Township has recognized a Centerville High School student with the annual Community Service Award for exemplary service. Starting in 2018, the award is accompanied by a $500 scholarship. 

LogoCenterville-Washington Foundation

Helping People, Help Our Community

The Centerville-Washington Foundation exists to be a community partner for corporate and individual charitable giving, functioning in the formation and preservation of charitable donations, providing services to donors and non-profit organizations and serving as a source of funds for community groups.

Centerville-Washington Foundation

The Impact Grant

The Centerville-Washington Foundation annually presents a $10,000 Community Impact Grant for one organization that best demonstrates a unique initiative to serve and improve the Centerville-Washington Township community. In December 2019, the grant was made to the New TrailerWashington Township Substation of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for replacement of its community resource trailer. 

This trailer appeared at 20 large scale public events this last year and saw action at neighborhood watch parties, school functions, community events, and other social gatherings. In addition, the trailer was loaded with donations from the Centerville/Washington Township community for victims of the Memorial Day tornadoes and, since it is also equipped with a large grill and griddle, it was used to serve food to 500 people who were assisting. 

Spring 2020 Community Support Grants

Foundation Announces Community Support Grant Awards

The Centerville-Washington Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to ten local organizations. Grant recipients include:

Friends of the Castle ($2,500) - to fund opportunities for growth and socialization for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

 Learning Tree Farm Inc. ($2,500) - to fund a Saturday family fun series serving more than 600 local children and families

 Girls on the Run Dayton ($2,000) - for shoes, clothing, and registration fees

 SICSA ($1,500) - to help fund the Centerville Community Cats Program which spays and neuters cats that are then released

Incarnation Conference (St. Vincent de Paul) ($2,000) - to provide emergency vehicle maintenance and repairs to help neighbors stay employed

Heart of Centerville and Washington Township ($1,500) - to help fund Friday Fest at Stubbs Park with food trucks, live music, and a movie at dusk

 Centerville-Washington History ($2,500) - to fund an upgrade of exhibit lighting at the museums

 Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton ($2,500) - to help support families of hospitalized children who reside in Centerville/Washington Township

South Dayton Dance Theater ($2,000) - to help cover rental costs for their programs

Centerville Band Boosters ($1,000) - to assist in the group’s goal of participating in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


 “This foundation and its many supporters are committed to providing assistance to local organizations that are engaged in programming to make a difference in the lives of our community and its residents.  These Community Support Grants in combination with the Foundation’s $10,000 Community Impact Grant are the way we accomplish that.  We always receive interesting and worthy applications,” said Scott Colwell, chair of the foundation’s grant committee.


The foundation will review applications for the Community Impact Grant in September and announce the recipient in late October. The deadline to submit an application for the CIG is September 1. Grant applications are on the foundation’s website.


The Centerville-Washington Foundation exists to be a community partner for corporate and individual charitable giving, assisting in the formation and preservation of charitable donations, providing services to donors and non-profit organizations, and serving as a source of funds for community groups. For information about how to support the foundation, please call 937-265-0110, email, or visit the website.  Centerville-Washington Foundation is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation.


Spring 2019 Grants

Spring 2019 Grants

Washington township was fortunate to receive two of the ten grants presented to nine organizations by the Centerville-Washington Foundation for its spring 2019 grant cycle. The township received:

  • $2,500 to fund the training of a recreation staff member as an instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. This certified instructor will in turn provide annual training for 97 staff members on how to manage difficult behaviors.

  • $1,000 to Woodland Lights to maintain and improve the annual display.