Community Development

Community Development


Contact: Cathi Spaugy
  Development Director
  (937) 890-5611

In Harrison Township, there are many various community development endeavors which our staff are always working on.  The Development Director, is responsible for the majority of the community development programs within the township and finding new projects to incorporate within the township's mission.  Harrison Township actively works to organize meetings with civic groups as well as identify areas of concern within our community where additional concentration is needed.  Harrison Township is also committed to informing the Harrison Township community as a whole about local programs which may be of assistance to you as a resident.  Please take a look at some of these programs below with accompanying links to provide you with additional information. To see the Harrison Township's Calendar of Events, please see the top, left of this page.  This calendar was developed and is maintained by township staff in order to inform our residents about the vast amount of programs currently available for children, families and seniors alike, right here in our township region.  There are also many different great programs which may be of assistance to you and your specific neighborhood to the left of this page. If you have any community program ideas or concerns,or simply would like to sit down to discuss the community in general, please contact our office at 890-5611.


Please click on any of these links for additional information about the different programs in our community region.

Learn and understand more about the importance of an educated workforce at Learn to Earn Dayton.

Financial literacy classes through a partnership of WoodForest Bank is being offered at the Michigan Avenue Fire Station, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm-8pm. Classes will run until May 10th.  All are welcomed.

Check out the website from United Against Violence of Greater Dayton.  Their mission is "to prevent violence from happening and to build a safer, healthier community."

There are some great programs available for families and  our youth in the Harrison Township community.   Check it out today! You are invited to weekly Circles meetings at Ft. McKinley United Methodist Church.  Circles is a local and national movement that is changing lives by building relationships across class and race lines.  At Circles, we build the support system that people need to help them reach their goals.  Together we are moving forward as a team.

Come and be part of the movement. County Corp, the non-profit arm of Montgomery County, has recently released a new grant opportunity for seniors and individuals with physical disabilities to assist in doing home repairs.  Please click   here for the guidelines and click  here for the program's application.

If you are a woman or  know any women currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire United States and currently has 547 partners helping the community at large.

Seniors or families with seniors, who are looking for assistance with transportation needs, home improvements, shopping, companionship, meal preparation, doctor appointments, overnight stays (24-hour care) personal grooming & dressing, mobility assistance and/or pet care, please take a moment to look at Seniors Helping Seniors.  This local business franchise is owned and operated by a local Harrison Township resident and is an opportunity for seniors who need assistance as well as seniors who are looking for a volunteer opportunity to give back to our local community.

Community Action Partnership is offering FREE Housing Counseling.

Are you in need of health assistance?  Contact a Community Health Advocate at (937) 512-4041.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is committed to providing quality transportation to everyone in the Miami Valley area.  Since 1977, the RTA has offered Project Mobility, a curb-to-curb, para-transit service, to certified individuals with disabilities who are unable to use regular fixed routes.  Please click here to find out more about the Project Mobility Program.


Neighborhood Groups

One of our major community development tools are neighborhood groups and the opportunity they provide township residents and property owners to participate in the township form of government.  Staff encourages and hopes to foster a strong working relationship with our existing as well as our future groups with the ultimate goal of helping make them a strong, positive impact on the township form of government. Please click here to see a list of the recognized township neighborhood associations and the contact and meeting information attached to each group.  Also click to see more about the President's Council and some of the projects they have worked on in order to continue to improve Harrison Township as a community. Youth & Family Program Initiative For the past several years, the township trustees had looked into various possibilities to bring more youth and family activities to the residents of Harrison Township.  Many of these attempts were unsuccessful due to being unable to find the right circumstances mixed with an appropriate opportunity for everyone involved.  In 2009, township staff began working on the Harrison Township Youth & Family Program Initiative, a program which township staff believed could take advantage of the many ample programs which were currently in existence throughout the Montgomery County region.  Please click here to see more information about the Youth & Family Program as well as to see the youth and family program calendar.