The under-40 professional crowd of Generation Dayton focused their energy on Community Blood Center (CBC) Monday, November 14.  Touring the CBC center to learn about the blood supply and signing up to donate blood fit perfectly into their mission of volunteering in the community and making a positive impact on the lives of others. 

GenDayton members come from all career paths – health, legal, accounting, banking, retail and military contractors to name a few.  Their shared goals in this Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce program include professional skill development, marketing GenDayton programs through social media, building relationships with area employers,  plus general business – and social – networking (yes, they do enjoy each other’s company!);  and in the CBC visit, community service by partnering with not-for-profit agencies and giving back to the community. 

 Organizers of the program recognize the vital brainpower, energy and altruistic spirit young professionals have to offer, and what it can mean to the future of the region. 

“We do our best to attract young professionals in the Dayton area so they don’t leave us,” says LaDonna Wulfeck, manager of business programming at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.  “This program never sleeps!  We keep ‘em busy!  We have professional development or community service events every month.” 

Matt Drerup, a Fairborn member, works in finance and accounting at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).  He usually donates blood at the base, but Monday’s visit was a chance to give the gift of life at CBC.  He will chair the GenDayton Employer Relations committee next year.  “I’ve been a volunteer member for about four years,” says Matt.  “I’ve been involved in a lot of community service activities and volunteered at a lot of event through Generation Dayton.  “I’m interested in supporting the Dayton community.” 

Jen Cadieux from Kettering works for the accounting firm of Clark, Schaefer and Hackett.  She also appreciates the way GenDayton helps connect her to community service.  “I like the opportunity to volunteer and be plugged-in to where the need is,” Jen says.  “I’m not just on my own.” 

Shawn Neff works at Security National Bank in Springfield and is a member of the Gen-Dayton community service committee.   On Monday he became a first-time blood donor.  “It’s a lot more involved than I thought,” said Shawn, referring to the screening process.  “I thought you just walked in and donated.  But that’s a good thing!”   He was proud of the chance to become a blood donor.  “I like being able to help the community,” says Shawn, “in whatever we’re asked to do.”

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