Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals and Groups
Volunteer with us! Together, we can do more than any one person can do alone.
DID YOU KNOW? Volunteering not only contributes to good physical health as people age, but good mental health and happiness overall. And people who volunteer through their workplace feel more fulfilled in their jobs. In addition to volunteer opportunites, United Way also offers an array of opportunities for groups of people to raise awareness about community issues that we all care about.
VOLUNTEERS experience the real difference they’re making in the lives of children and families in our community while learning more about the issues we all care about.
ORGANIZATIONS enhance their profile while improving on our community’s greatest challenges. Customized opportunities are available to achieve your workplace’s vision.
United Way Readers: School year sessions (Fall and Winter/Spring)
Volunteers provide one-one-one assistance to a child that’s behind in learning to read. They work together at the child’s school once a week for an hour to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Get connected and volunteer now.
One day reading opportunities for volunteers are available in the Spring and fall including:
National Education Association’s Read Across America Day – March 2 (Dr. Seuss’ birthday)
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record – October
For more information, contact Brian Mezzi or 860-493-1112.
United Way Volunteer Budget Coaching: Four-to six-month sessions (Fall and Winter/Spring)
Volunteer budget coaches work with individuals on a monthly basis to re-organize their
finances by making better decisions as a team. Volunteers help participants create and maintain a budget, pay bills on time and save for the future. Get connected and volunteer now.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance: Mid-January through mid-April
IRS-certified volunteers prepare and file taxes fast and free for lower-to-moderate income families and individuals, getting them the refunds and credits they’ve earned. They also connect filers to other tools that help them on their paths to financial security. Get connected and volunteer now.
Free training provided for the opportunities listed above.
United Way Year of Caring:
Since 1992, local workplace volunteers have participated in full and half day Year of Caring projects, connecting companies to the
volunteer power of their employees to help children and families succeed.
Learn more and register your workplace now.
United Way Literacy Kits:
Volunteers use their creativity along with arts and crafts to design related props, games or other activities to make reading more interactive and enjoyable for everyone involved. Literacy Kits include books and related props are given to local children to deepen their reading experience and help them continue to build their own libraries at home. To learn more and register your workplace for a project, contact Brian Mezzi or at 860-493-1112.
United Way Day of Action:
Every year on or around June 21, volunteers from communities around the world take action to improve lives and change conditions where they live and work. Locally, volunteers participate in projects that help children and families succeed. For more information, please contact Brian Mezzi.
Back-to-School Celebrations August/September:
In support of the local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, volunteers help raise awareness about the importance of attending school every day at a variety of celebrations. Volunteers provide families with the tools to help their children start the school year off right. For more information, please contact Brian Mezzi.
Why Volunteering Matters?
United Way volunteers build stronger families and a better community for all of us. Volunteers help children learn to read and succeed, ensure families are financially secure and healthy, and provide access to basic needs. It’s all CONNECTED.