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Greater Dayton Partners

Greater Dayton Community Partners


One of the core values of the ETHOS program is partnership.  We partner with local nonprofit groups to give our students the opportunity to put their engineering knowledge and skills to use for the betterment of their community. Our recent and current community partners in the greater Dayton area include the following:


Aullwood promotes the protection of birds, wildlife and the habitats on which they depend. Aullwood offers both children and adults the opportunity to experience and appreciate the world through experience-based education.


CityWide Development is a non-profit organization located in downtown Dayton whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. CityWide develops programs to address the city's need for economic growth and viable, attractive neighborhoods. ETHOS students have worked on projects regarding food insecurity in low-income areas, such as planning mobile-farm markets. 


Co-op Dayton incubates cooperative businesses to create and retain good jobs in the region, building a local economy that works for all. Projects that Co-op Dayton are developing include the Gem City Market, a worker and member-owned full service grocery store in West Dayton. ETHOS students have been involved in the development of the Gem City Market and surveying local manufacturers about their interest in transitioning to employee-ownership as a succession plan or growth strategy.


Dayton Regional Green (DRG) is a leadership collaborative committed to enhancing the quality of life and environmental assets of the Dayton region by growing the economy, protecting the environment, and promoting social responsibility. DRG reaches these goals through green business certifications, sustainability workshops, energy assessments for organizations in the program, and other initiatives.


MetroParks protects nearly 16,000 acres of forests, grasslands, farmlands, and wetlands. Five Rivers MetroParks’ land protection goals include protecting significant natural area in the Miami Valley, linking forests and park lands along river corridors, and establishing buffer areas to maintain open space and protect watersheds.


Homefull offers nonprofit services for the homeless to help people secure homes and jobs, assisting over 600 people daily. The organization also provides case management and programming for the gateway shelter system. One project that ETHOS students have worked on is the development of flood management systems for the organization's urban microfarm. 


Mission of Mary Cooperative strives to improve th community life of the Twin Towers neighborhood by engaging in urban agriculture, urban land restoration, and community education.  Projects an ETHOS student has worked on are energy analysis, energy workshops on sustainability and energy usage, and contributing to an energy access initiative. 


The Dome, Springfield’s Center of Innovation, pursues connected learning by linking mentors and students in a space rich with new media, maker spaces and educational technology. They are a hub for the creation of our future workforce by engaging local businesses and organizations to build meaningful connections with students.


The Foodbank serves as the primary source of food and hunger relief network in the Miami Valley through food acquisition and distribution and feeding the hungry in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in the area.


The mission of We Care Arts is to transform physical, developmental, and mental challenges into possibilities through the power of creating and producing art. Through art, participants build confidence, create long-lasting friendships, and express ideas and emotions artistically. We Care Arts serves 1700 clients at more than forty off-site locations within the greater Dayton area. ETHOS students have been involved with designing tools to help those with disabilities become more independent.


The ETHOS Center, Dr. Malcolm Daniels, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0212