volunteer

Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering with United Way of the River Cities offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise. Volunteer with an initiative or program to help us work toward our goals.

Volunteering can help you:

  • Make important networking contacts
  • Learn or develop skills
  • Teach your skills to others
  • Enhance your résumé
  • Gain work experience
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improve your health
  • Meet new people
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization
  • Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about the community
  • Make a difference in someone’s life

Be Selective

Think about what matters to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. Choosing opportunities that make you feel good while helping others builds stronger communities and enriches your own life at the same time.

Choose Carefully

United Way and community Volunteer Centers work with volunteers and local nonprofits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors to serve. When you work with your local United Way or Volunteer Center, you can feel confident about the quality of the opportunity you choose and about the organization you donate your time to support.

Research Causes That Are Important to You

Whether it's helping children achieve their potential, helping families become financially stable, or improving people’s health, find out what cause is closest to your heart and make a difference.

Consider the Skills You Have to Offer

Would you like to write an agency's newsletter? Or would you rather build a house? Find something you enjoy doing and enhance your skills through volunteering.

Learn Something New

Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. For example, learning how to handle crisis calls may help you communicate better.

Don't Over-Commit Your Schedule

Stick to a volunteering schedule that makes sense for you and leaves you time to enjoy the activity.

Consider Volunteering as a Family

Group volunteering is a wonderful way to bond with your family or co-workers. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you will help someone in need.

For more information, please contact:
Lena Burdette — Community Initiatives Coordinator
304.523.8929 ext. 102
lena.burdette@unitedwayrivercities.org


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