Ashley Browning is the founder of SoLoved, a community organization. She is pictured at Self Care Ain't Selfish Women of Color Symposium. The event was hosted by SoLoved, No More Pain and No More Blows.
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Daytonian of the Week:  ‘Love on purpose and get involved’

A Dayton native is proving that a lot of love can go a very long way. 

Ashley Browning’s name is among those that frequently pop up during conversations about local resident who stepped up to help others in the hours, weeks and months that followed the Memorial Day tornadoes. 

“Ashley is an amazing community organizer and activist. She’s a leader and motivator in and out of the spotlight. Always pushing everyone to follow their dreams and giving them the resources and platform to do so,” Tasha Washington-Harris answered on a Facebook post about Daytonians doing great things. 

Left to right: Michelle Farris, Ashley Browning, Ashley Stephens and Ashley Corporal, with volunteer group SoLoved set up a table on Olive Tree Drive in Trotwood to helps serve food and water to those in need in the area Tuesday, May 28 after overnight tornadoes ripped through the region. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Browning has said SoLoved finds its focus in the Bible verse John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son....”

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Ashley Browning is the founder of SoLoved, a community organization. She is pictured at SoLoved's annual Night of Giving.
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The project manager at Wright State University and founder of SoLoved, a project-based organization, has led efforts to collect everything from school supplies to toys for tornado survivors. 

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 She is the latest Daytonian of the Week. 

What do you do? 

Project manager at Wright State University. (The project offers) HIV education and testing for African American College Students 18-24 years old. 

Founder and outreach coordinator, SoLoved. Community outreach. 

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What superpower would you love to have? 

To heal. 

Ashley Browning is the founder of SoLoved, a community organization. She is pictured with Deborah Howard, a mentor and speaker, at the Self Care Ain't Selfish Women of Color Symposium.
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How did you get involved with your profession and charity? 

The profession just happened and I love it. For SoLoved, I saw missing gaps and wanted to start something to assist people who needed immediate assistance. 

I love the support. 

What should people know about SoLoved? 

Community Outreach is our focus, specifically for West Dayton and Trotwood. 

How can people help SoLoved’s mission? 

Love on purpose and get involved in the community and social justice. 

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Ashley Browning is the founder of SoLoved, a community organization. She is picturedat Hashtag Lunchbag Dayton Chapter with Jordan Hockett. Brown bag lunches were provided to community members.
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How would you improve this community if you suddenly had $6 million to spend? 

Develop an educational school system/programs for African American students, affordable housing and eradicate the food desert issue in West Dayton, as well as the infant mortality rates and lastly, a safe space for creatives of color. 

What is your favorite hidden Gem in the Dayton area? 

The Wright Dunbar area. 

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SoLoved founder Ashley Browning in Trotwood. 
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Why did you decide to root yourself here? 

My love for the community. 

What should people know about Dayton? 

It’s Dayton Strong. 

What do you think Dayton will look like in 10 to 15 years? 

I’m hopeful that it will be THEE place to be! 

If you could bring one thing to Dayton, what would it be? 

Trauma informed care assistance/training.

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