Dayton, OH – Spring 2019 Tornado Recovery

All future volunteer opportunities with BDM will require new safety protocol and consent forms beyond what was previously in place as we strive to provide volunteer opportunities in this COVID-19 environment. The Covid-19 Informed Consent Agreement must be signed and returned with the Volunteer Registration form at least 2 weeks before arriving at the project location.

Local Volunteers use this form:

Overnight Volunteers use this form:

Broken tree and small house with roof caved in

Miami Valley, Ohio tornado tree and house damage. Photo by Sam Dewey.

In the state of Ohio, Memorial Day weekend 2019 brought record breaking tornado activity. The National Weather Service recorded 19 tornadoes on May 27-28. Three of tornados were EF-3 with windspeeds between 136-165 mph and one EF-4 tornado carried winds up to 170 mph, spanned over a ½ mile wide, and traveled over 20 miles. The twisters affected 10 counties across the state damaging over 7,000 homes with over 1,500 of these destroyed. Most of the property damage occurred in the Miami Valley areas of Harrison Township, Trotwood, Northridge, Old North Dayton, Brookville, Beavercreek, and Celina. More than 1,400 trees were toppled blocking roadway access.

The Southern Ohio/Kentucky District of the Church of the Brethren jumped to action in the days following to begin clean-up and debris removal. This local support continued for months after, leading the way for Brethren and other volunteers to serve the community. Several Church of the Brethren members and BDM volunteers have been part of organizing and planning for the long-term recovery as well.

BDM is working in the Miami Valley, where the EF-4 tornado and others touched down. The partner agency in Dayton for identify cases is the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group.

Find information here about what the Dayton, OH Project looks like with COVID-19 protocol in place.

Find the most up to date schedule here.


Volunteer housing and mailing address:
Memorial Presbyterian Church
Attn: BDM, (name if needed)
1541 S. Smithville Rd
Dayton, OH 45410

Volunteer housing will be in this large church facility that will be shared with other volunteer groups.




Meals are prepared in the church kitchen. Volunteer groups are asked to include an assistant cook. Volunteers will be asked to help with kitchen cleanup.

Closest Restaurants

  • Butter Churn Cafe: 513-855-1059 (Mon-Sun 10:00 AM-8:00 PM)
    57 W Main St, Waynesville, OH
  • Archer’s Tavern: 937-291-1015 (Mon-Sun 11:00 AM-10:00 PM)
    2030 E Dorothy Ln, Dayton, OH 45420


The type of work in Dayton & the surrounding areas includes major repairs from tornado and wind damage.This includes some demolition, exterior repairs on siding, windows, insulation and possible roofing as well as interior work on dry wall hanging and finishing, painting, flooring, hanging trim, setting doors and other punch out items.


Groups must send registration forms, COVID-19 Informed Consent Forms and mode of travel plans to at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled trip. The COVID-19 Consent Form must be received BEFORE the volunteer LEAVES HOME for the trip or they will not be able to travel to the site.

BDM Safety Guidelines for Traveling Safety During Covid-19


UPDATED on 6.15.21: Arrival time for volunteers on Sunday evening will be between 6:00-6:30 pm and volunteers must eat supper BEFORE they arrive at the location of their choice. Coordinate with project leadership IN ADVANCE and they can recommend locations for you to eat before arriving at the site if needed.


Volunteers flying, please use Dayton International Airport (DAY) plan to arrive or be picked up on Sunday between 3:00 and 5:00pm. Project leaders can do one airport run between these hours only if needed. Please try to coordinate all members of the group to arrive at or near the same time. Groups flying into any other airport will need to find their own transportation to the project site.

If flying out of DAY – plan to leave Saturday before lunch. Again, please try to keep departure times for all individuals reasonably close.

Driving directions

1541 South Smithville Rd, Dayton, OH 45410

I-70 toward Dayton, take exit 44 I-675 toward Cincinnati, travel 13.31 miles. Take exit 13A-B US 35W toward Dayton, merge using exit 13B onto UW-35 W, travel 2.36 miles. Take the Smithville Rd exit 0.31 mile, Turn left onto Smithville Rd, Church is on the right.