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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.

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.

Spring 2017 projects

Volunteer Projects with Flexible Dates, Spring 2017

  • Girl Scouts, Camp Tapawingo, landscaping and maintenance, 5-10 people minimum but can often accommodate larger groups, half-day, weekday preferred but can also volunteer on Saturday with prior notice
  • Friendship House, indoor and outdoor painting, 5-10 people, half-day, weekday or Saturday
  • Friendship House, landscaping needed in May, 5-10 people, half-day, weekday or Saturday
  • Freedom House in Princeton needs 10 volunteers to help rake leaves, cut weeds and spread mulch

April 10-17, 2017

Friendship House, painting and carpet cleaning, 5-10 people, half-day, weekday

April 17-28, 2017

EP!C, Harvest Garden volunteers needed to help plant potatoes, onions, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and kale, 5-10 people, half-day, weekday

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crittenton Centers needs volunteers to help set-up for 125th Anniversary Celebration at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria

  • 3-4 volunteers at 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to help unload and set-up pipe and drape
  • 15 volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. move tables and chairs
  • 30 volunteers needed from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to cover chairs and tie bows and place table decor (centerpieces, event information, etc.)

Late April or Early May 2017

Center for Prevention of Abuse, needs flowers and landscaping materials donated for their grounds, 4-10 volunteers, half-day, weekday

May 8-19, 2017

EP!C, Harvest Garden volunteers needed to help plant tomatoes, 5-10 people, half-day, weekday

May 15, 2017

Boy Scouts need volunteers to help throughout the day at the Peoria Scouting Golf Classic at the Country Club of Peoria.

June 7, 2017

Boy Scouts need volunteers to help throughout the day at the Sporting Clays Classic held at the Oak Ridge Sportsman's Club in Mackinaw.

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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