We are committed to making our city a better place to live. We accomplish this by encouraging volunteerism and mobilizing the large network of volunteers that we share with our Impact Partners.
Volunteering can make a huge difference in the lives of the people you are helping. Whether you are taking time to read to young children to help them boost their pre-reading skills, taking part in volunteer activities at your organization or participating in a United Way signature volunteer drive – you are making a difference in our community.
Your dedication to volunteering isn’t just good for others in the community, it is also good for families!
When families volunteer together, it gives them opportunities to connect and talk in new ways. Parents and children learn to see one another outside of how they usually see each other. Children learn about responsibility to others and the importance of community when volunteering. It can also help parents teach their children about doing their own part to achieve a larger goal. It can also encourage empathy in children because they will experience the needs of others firsthand.
We know from research that volunteering has a positive impact on a person’s mental health. It’s simple: helping others makes us feel good about ourselves mentally!
There are major benefits of volunteerism for employers too. 88% of employers think effective employee engagement programs can retain and attract new team members. 71% of employees believe it is very important to work at organizations with cultures that encourage giving and volunteering.
We are extremely grateful for everyone who volunteers with United Way and our Impact Partners. If you want to get involved in our community, visit our Volunteer Center to learn about opportunities with us or with organizations in the community.