Volunteering with United Way
United Way of Marion County offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities. We can match your talents to serve many ways. We also support employee volunteer programs and community education on volunteering and volunteer management.
United Way Volunteer Opportunities
Community Investment Team--Volunteers are broken up into four teams depending on your interest (Education, Income, Health). Volunteers on this committee review grant proposals, participate in agency site-visits, agency question and answer sessions, etc. They then meet together to decide how the donations will be spent. Allocation volunteers are asked to give approximately 35 hours of time (during the weekday business hours) between January and March. An orientation session will be provided to help volunteers read budgets and evaluate programs.
Campaign--Focus on raising funds to contribute to the Community Care Fund at United Way. The Campaign Cabinet Committee meets from May-November.
Day of Caring--active from December - March. The Day of Caring is a community-wide service project day (to be held on the last Saturday in February). Over 800 volunteers are organized into teams to conquer projects for local organizations. Volunteers on the Day of Caring Committee plan the event, follow-up with teams and agencies, participate in Day of Caring luncheons, etc.
Day of Action (Advocacy) (April-June) Activities vary (examples include facilitating workshops. speaking opportunities, organizing book drives or event assistance.)
Public Relations & Marketing--Volunteers on this committee all have some sort of background in public relations and/or marketing. They help plan the Campaign Kickoff and give advice for all PR and Marketing ideas or strategies.
Community Impact--Our United Way is currently transitioning in to the Community Impact Model, which is about finding solutions to community problems versus putting band-aids on problems. It's all about finding the heart of the problem and solving that issue in the areas of Education, Income and Health. United Way can be a financial supporter of solving issues, or a convener, a collaborator, and a leader in change.
Marion County Prosperity Steering Committee-- Committee members meet once a month to discuss ways of developing the programs and expanding our efforts throughout the community around the issue of financial stability.
Endowment--This committee oversees the money in the Endowment Fund. If donations are made to the Endowment Fund, that donation is invested to gain the best possible return on investment.
To volunteer for United Way, contact Faith Beard at 732-9696.