Building on the tremendous success of our annual Week of Caring, United Way has launched a quarterly volunteer program to provide Bay Area companies with employee volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
During these tough economic times, nonprofits have seen a huge surge in demand for their services, as the number of individuals and families seeking help continues to grow. Local agencies are increasingly relying on volunteer support to address this surge in demand. In addition to mobilizing more than 7,000 volunteers during Week of Caring, United Way’s quarterly volunteer initiative will connect hundreds more volunteers to nonprofits who need extra manpower.
United Way kicked off the initiative in July, hosting a project for UPS and Abbott Laboratories at Oakland’s Street Academy. Employee volunteer teams spruced up a teacher’s lounge and the school’s backyard, creating a welcoming environment for the school’s staff and students.
“Rolling up your sleeves and your getting your hands dirty is great because it provides a real way to see the effect that you can have in your community,” said Marlo Austin of UPS East Bay District. “ It was a lot work, but everyone who participated had a great time, and now we’ve given the school a very useful space. “
For more information about the next quarterly volunteer opportunity, contact your United Way development officer or Aditi Aggarwal, United Way’s volunteer coordinator at 415-808-4300, firstname.lastname@example.org.