What is LEAD?
LEAD was founded in 1992 and is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit and non-partisan organization. LEAD brings together large numbers of people across racial, denominational and economic lines to make a difference in our neighborhoods and local decision making. LEAD stands for Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton. We are an organization of Dayton area congregations, economically and religiously diverse.Since being incorporated, low income and working class leaders have had success in addressing over 20 community problems in the Dayton community.
Our mission is to build a strong, grassroots community organization, dedicated to empowering and preparing people of faith to work for a greater degree of justice in Montgomery County.
Access to Justice Award - 2013 Winner
The annual ACCESS TO JUSTICE GALA is recognition of extraordinary efforts in assisting the poor to gain equal justice and stabilize their lives. It is presented by the non-profit legal aid law firms of Advocates of Basic Legal Equality, (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, (LAWO), and partner organization Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, (GDVLP).
LEAD was awarded the COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD on Nov. 13, 2013 at the Schuster Center. This award recognizes advocacy and community organizing for equal justice by non-profit organizations. LEAD's advocacy for the rights of the working poor to public transportation led to the Deptartment of Transportation ruling that cited Beavercreek in violation of Title 6 for refusing RTA bus stops in that community.