VOLUNTEER

Looking for opportunities to get involved and to make a difference in our community?

Whether it’s for a local company, small group of friends, or individuals seeking meaningful experiences, United Way of Greater Rochester helps connect those who want to help with the organizations and people who need it most.

Day of Caring
United Way hosts the largest local single day of volunteer activities each year on the second Thursday in May. Great for large and small companies, small groups and individuals looking to make a difference. Activities range from outdoor clean-up, painting, reading to children, craft projects and more.
Get Involved: Visit uwrochester.org/dayofcaring to get started.

Team Treasures
Need is all around us. Many think of helping families during the holiday season, but local people and programs have needs throughout the year that you can help to fulfill with groups of co-workers and friends.
Get Involved: Visit communitywishbook.org and click “Items Needed” to get started.

Time and Talent: Opportunities with United Way Partner Programs​ 
Many organizations are seeking volunteer support throughout the year. Several United Way Community Impact Fund partner programs have one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. This is a great way to fulfill corporate social responsibility goals AND provide meaningful experiences for people who want to help our community thrive.

Foodlink
Volunteers are needed daily to help provide support for thousands of low-income, food-insecure residents. Volunteer opportunities include sorting and packing food, Curbside Market help, tasks in the Community Kitchen, and nutrition education programs. Great for one-time or ongoing activities; great for large groups! Visit foodlinkny.org and click “Get Involved”. 

Meals On Wheels
Thousands of local homebound individuals receive Meals On Wheels every day. Become a Meals On Wheels volunteer driver, clerical assistant, kitchen helper, adopt a route and more. Great for an ongoing project for companies and teams to share route responsibilities! Visit urmhomecare.org and go to “Meals On Wheels – Volunteer”

Mentoring
Become a hero to a local kid—just by being you! There are hundreds of kids in Rochester looking for someone to be a mentor and a friend. Be the person to help them reach their full potential. Rochester City School District
Our local youth have a greater chance of success with supportive partnerships between schools and the Rochester community. RCSD volunteers provide invaluable resources for students and staff and are matched based on volunteer skill set and school/student needs. Great for company/group ongoing commitments! Visit rcsdk12.org/volunteer

Salvation Army
You can help with holiday preparations for local families in need. Coat drives, packing food, helping families shop for toys and gifts, and of course, bell ringing for the Red Kettle Campaign! Great for holiday cheer and end of year group projects! Visit rochesterny.salvationarmy.org and view “Ways You Can Help – Volunteer”.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has introduced its Chamber IMPACT program, an event series encouraging volunteerism and community service. The program also allows Rochester Chamber members and local not-for-profits to post their own volunteer opportunities on the website. Visit greaterrochesterchamber.com and view “Programs & Events – Chamber Impact”

Additional volunteer opportunities can be found at www.communitywishbook.org
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