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Volunteering for United Way and its Partner Agencies

Each year, more than 27,000 volunteer hours are completed by local volunteers for the Heart of Illinois United Way. We can help individuals and groups find volunteer projects to meet a variety of needs.

2017 Day of Caring

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Day of Caring volunteer event on Friday, September 8! Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers participated in volunteer projects at our partner agencies and schools throughout central Illinois. From reading and crafts with preschool students to much needed hands-on help like painting and landscaping, we're sure to have a volunteer project for your group.

To submit a volunteer project, click here for the online submission form.

If you are a team interested in volunteering, click here to register or contact Gina Edwards, VP of Marketing and Communications at 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 or gina.edwards@unitedway.org.

Year-Round Group/Team Building Volunteer Opportunities

The Heart of Illinois United Way can help match individual volunteers and volunteer teams to available needs.  Below is a list of current available volunteer opportunities. In addition, if you don't see a date/time or project below that works for your volunteer team, click here to submit a volunteer project request.  Please provide 2-3 weeks lead time for securing a project that meets your team's needs. If you have any questions, contact Gina Edwards at 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 or email gina.edwards@unitedway.org.

Current Volunteer Projects

For the projects listed below, volunteers need to register to participate. Please see the registration or contact information listed for each project. Volunteer needs are often met rather quickly, so we advise contacting the agency well in advance. If the project that interests you has been filled, please consider a different opportunity or click here to submit a volunteer team request.

Summer 2017 projects

American Red Cross

Ongoing, can be done at the agency or at place of business
Volunteers needed for military contact calls. The American Red Cross has a 24/7 emergency hotline that military families can call to get a hold of a loved one deployed-often for a family illness, death, or birth of a child. When someone joins the military, they fill out an emergency contact form that their military base then gives to us. Then, teams of volunteers call these families to notify them about Red Cross services should they ever need them. For this, there would need to be enough phones at the group’s office for each person to use or the group could go to the Red Cross office. Staff will typically go over our Service to Armed Forces program and explain the task, and then the rest of the time would be the volunteers calling military families to notify them of our services.

American Red Cross

Thursday, July 27

The American Red Cross is having their golf fundraising event on July 27 at Metamora Fields. Agency needs 15-20 volunteers to help with registration/set up in morning, out on the golf course throughout day, and then tear down/clean up after event. The event runs from 9:30-6:30 but could be done in shifts. Contact Laura Streid, Volunteer Specialist for American Red Cross serving Central Illinois at 309-662-0500 ext. 7428 or laura.streid@redcross.org.

Crittenton Centers

Saturday, July 29

Kids’ Day is a family friendly event that starts with a 5K race, then a Kids' Dash, and ends with inflatable bouncers, face painting, Unique Twist, snow cones, dunk tank, informational booths, live entertainment, and so much more. A great day for the whole family! Here is the link to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaa72aa3f85-kids

If you have a group or team interested in volunteering for any of these projects, please contact Gina Edwards, VP of Marketing and Communications at 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 or gina.edwards@unitedway.org.


Youth United

If you're a student at a high school or college in central Illinois, click here to learn more about our Youth United: Student United Way.

GENeration United

If you're a young leader age 23-45, learn more about great volunteering and leadership opportunities through GENeration United by clicking here.

Annual Campaign

Year-round we need great volunteers to help support our campaign efforts. From organizing a workplace campaign and fundraisers to serving on our campaign cabinet, there may be a great fundraising opportunity waiting for you. For more information, call or email Stephen Peterson, VP of Resource Development at 309-674-5181, ext. 1254 or stephen.peterson@unitedway.org.

United Way Allocation Process

More than 100 volunteers help each year review United Way grant applications and United Way funded programs. If you're interested in becoming a part of this important process, please call or email Nicole Frederick, VP of Community Investment at 309-674-5181, ext. 1230 or nicole.frederick@unitedway.org to see if any volunteer opportunities are available.

AFL-CIO Labor Volunteers

Are you a member of a local union and interested in volunteering for the United Way? Contact Amy Flynn, VP of AFL-CIO Community Relations at 309-674-5181, ext. 1239 or amy.flynn@unitedway.org. For more information about the United Way and AFL-CIO, click here.

United Way Partners: Submitting Volunteer Projects

Are you Heart of Illinois United Way partner agency or school partner? Help us help you fulfill your volunteer needs. Last year, the United Way helped match more than 2,500 volunteers to projects throughout central Illinois. Click here to submit your group or team volunteer needs and we will share your project via our website and e-newsletters. Please submit your projects 2-3 weeks in advance. Questions? Contact Gina Edwards, VP of Marketing and Communications, at 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 or gina.edwards@unitedway.org.

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