There are many positive benefits to being a volunteer. You can learn new skills, stay active, and fill empty spaces on a resume. It can be therapeutic. Did you know on average that volunteers live longer lives than non volunteers?
United Way of Delaware empowers the community by focusing on Early Education, College and Career Readiness, along with Financial Stability for families. Our work is driven by our donors, volunteers, advocates and dedicated partners. We have a variety of opportunities for those with a passion for giving back. Join us as we unite in the fight to make Delaware a place we all want to live, work and play.
Here are some great volunteer opportunites
My Very Own Library Parent Engagement Night – Help parents, students, educators and the community unite during a night of engagement – SIGN UP HERE
My Very Own Library Book Fair – Students are able to choose ten books for their home personal libraries, during our MVOL book fairs. Help children foster a life long love for reading. – SIGN UP HERE
Reading Angels – You can read to a child for one hour, in any county in Delaware. Inspire a child to not only improve their literacy, but to value reading and the importance of reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade – SIGN UP HERE
Interesting Volunteer Facts (Courtesy of VolunteerHub)
Individuals between the ages of 35 and 54 are the most likely to volunteer their time according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Volunteerism has a value of over $184 billion dollars
Volunteerism improves health by strengthening the body, improving mood, and lessening stress in participants.
Those who volunteer regularly have a 27% better chance of gaining employment.
60% of hiring managers see the act of volunteerism as a valuable asset when making recruitment decisions according to a study performed by Career Builder.
Volunteers under the age of 24 accounts for 22.6% of all volunteers.
Benjamin Franklin started The Union Fire Company, in 1736, the first volunteer-run firehouse worldwide
Aristotle (born: 384 BC) once said: “the essence of life is to serve others and do good.”
4% of college graduates, 25 years or older, volunteer each year.
Volunteers, on average, spend 50 hours per year donating their time to the greater good.
Over 71% of volunteers work with only one organization each year.