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Discover meaningful ways to have an impact on your local community. Volunteering through United Way of Delaware is a great way to give back and meet your peers. Get involved in helping some of the most important issues facing our community today.

UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING WE ARE, UNDERNEATH

EVERYTHING WE DO, WE ARE ALL PEOPLE, CONNECTED,

INTERDEPENDENT, UNITED. AND WHEN WE REACH OUT A

HAND TO ONE, WE INFLUENCE THE CONDITION OF ALL.

THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE UNITED.

To become a United Way of Delaware Volunteer and to learn more about Volunteer opportunities in your community, contact Jamee Boone at volunteer@uwde.org, or CLICK HERE

 

Sign Up As A United Way of Delaware Reading Angel (Statewide)

Books have the power to benefit children in a myriad of ways. As a Reading Angel, reading to students is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them with a foundation for academic excellence.

Why Does it Matter? Children who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school as those who read proficiently.  Help us improve our kid’s literacy scores and their reading capability.

Commit to reading to students for one hour at a local school.  We’ll help schedule a convenient time and place – you will help inspire a love of books in local children! Contact Jamee Boone at volunteer@uwde.org.

 

Sign Up As A United Way of Delaware Reading Angel (Sussex County)

 

 

Volunteer As A Coach With PRIDE Council

Advocating is one of the most important ways you can help us. Your voice and your reach are tools that we can put to work today. Click to learn more about how your influence can help us with PRIDE Council, Revive the Village, and Youth Advisory Council.

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More Volunteer Opportunities

Books have the power to benefit children in a myriad of ways. As a Reading Angel, reading to students is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them with a foundation for academic excellence. Why does it matter? Children who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school as those who read proficiently. Help us improve our kid’s literacy scores and their reading capability. Commit to reading to students for one hour at a local school. We’ll help schedule a convenient time and place – you will help inspire a love of books in local children!

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
30-minutes to 1 hour
Time commitment. Books provided. Screening (background check) required.

SPARC

Education is one of the key aspects of United Way of Delaware’s focus to improve the lives of Delawareans, and SPARC (Success Pathways and Roads to Careers) helps bridge the skills gap of students coming out of high school by helping them learn what is truly needed in today’s job market. You can engage in a variety of ways (e.g.: Career panel, job shadow, career fairs, virtual mentoring, and more!).

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
Unlimited
Time commitment. Screening required

Life Map Experience

The Life Map Experience is about reflecting on key people, places, and moments in life to create authentic human interactions between adults and youth and to foster self-discovery, sharing, and growth. We’ve all faced different forms of adversity. What unifies us is the ability to individually and collectively overcome challenges. With our unique experiences in mind, it’s important we remember there are community resources to help us live what each of us defines as a successful life. Embedded within this initiative is 

The IM40® Movement promotes positive youth development and provides the resources necessary for adolescents to make better decisions, lead healthier lives and achieve academic success. IM40® focuses on strengths and assets of youth rather than deficits. IM40® is based on the highly successful 40 Developmental Assets framework created by Search Institute. The Movement engages adults, parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors, and mobilizes them toward the shared goal of increasing the assets of youth in their communities.

Date/Season: Year-round
The Linden Building | 625 N. Orange Street, 3rd Floor, | Wilmington, DE 19801

Team Building

From creative ice breakers to full team building, small groups to large, we can customize activities that align with your mission, connect with your employee’s passion, and raise awareness of real social issues. We can customize activities tailored to meet your needs and leaving a lasting impression on the minds and heart’s muscle of your employees.

Time/Duration: Three 3-hour sessions.

Resources: Time commitment. Supplies provided. Personal research/materials

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Offered year-round
30-minutes (small, <10 people), half day/full-day (large, 10> people) Time commitment. Books provided.

Born Learning Trail

Born Learning is an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. Born learning trails contain 10 interactive signs with activities for adults to engage in with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience. United Way is looking for community partners to Adopt a Trail and/or help maintain these resources and potentially install new trails throughout the state.

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Three season (except for winter)
3-hours
Time commitment. Cost associated with materials needed.

Advocacy

 Advocating is one of the most important ways you can help us. Your voice and your reach are tools that we can put to work today. There are a number of discussions and decisions made by our legislators, local school board, and municipalities that have a direct impact on individuals and families, especially those most vulnerable. Your voice matters. Join the discussion and let your voice be heard on behalf of yourselves and others who need a champion. You can influence and impact.

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
Unlimited
Time commitment. Computer, Internet access. Paper, pen, envelope, stamps.

Committee Involvement

UWDE is actively searching for skilled professionals, retired individuals, students eager to get involved, give back while gaining valuable experience serving in one of the following areas through work that aligns to your passion. Your expertise will help strengthen our organization, allowing us to augment the care and services we provide for those most in need. Committee-level service also provides opportunities to connect to your personal passion, to build relationships through networking and strengthen your professional leadership skills. Committee opportunities include: PRIDE Council, Womens Leadership Council, Young United Professionals, Student United Ways, Latinos Unidos, Youth Engagement, Adult Advisory Council to youth. Skills needed include (but are not limited to): Grant writing, fundraising, volunteer administration, marketing/communications, operations, public policy/advocacy, data entry/data analysis, research, finance, project management, strategic planning and more.

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
1 – 1⁄2 hours, quarterly/monthly (depends upon the group)
Time commitment (varies by group). Other resources depend on strategies.

Loaned Executive

One of the most comprehensive management training programs in the area is at United Way. Don’t miss out on the professional development opportunity of a lifetime! Year-round, United Way engages with companies statewide through our workplace giving campaigns. Loaned Executives are “on loan” from employers. They work with United Way to raise visibility of community needs and the creative solutions that exist to address those needs while raising the funds needed to sustain collective impact. The work of resolving pressing social issues is complex and a tremendous but with the hard work, passion and commitment of Loaned Executives, they not only get acquainted with local issues but they are invited to the table in working collaboratively with others on resolving those issues. It is also a chance to network in the business community, and make contacts that can later benefit the Loaned Executive's company. Companies typically choose rising stars or emerging leaders for their Loaned Executives as a development opportunity. These alternatively seasoned leaders can add particular value back to their own companies as a result of their deep engagement experience. Sometimes companies who can't spare someone for a season (e.g.: Fall) will instead sponsor United Way to hire someone in the company's name. Either way, it makes a deep impact on United Way's ability to reach out and have a successful campaign and ultimately impact on the most vulnerable individuals and families living statewide, particularly in Promise Communities in need of a hand out and not a hand out.

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
Varies
Time commitment. Workstation and materials provided.

Virtual Volunteerism

If you have a computer, internet and a phone, you can virtually serve. We have a wide variety of opportunities to give back and get involved that lend well to remote engagement. Whether it’s working on website management, creating content for newsletters, drafting press releases, mastering special event fliers, research, tracking, compilation, analysis or social media, we have an opportunity that can leverage your unique skills and passion that lead to impact!

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
Varies
Time commitment. Computer. Access to internet. Other materials provided.

Employee Engagement Coordination Services

United Way partners with over ## nonprofits and can coordinate your employee’s volunteer engagement in a wide variety of community-based organization events.

Date/Season: Time/Duration: Resources:

Year-round
Varies
Time commitment. Complete profile. Screening (depending upon organization)

Events to Join In:

American Heart Walk

Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Team now forming!

AIDS Walk Delaware

Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Team now forming!

American Red Cross First Annual Nationwide Home Fire Safety Campaign Day of Caring Location: Statewide / Details To Be Confirmed
Date: Saturday, September 30 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.

Team now forming!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Dravo Plaza Riverfront, 800 S. Madison Street, Wilmington, Delaware Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 a.m. (Registration) 8:00 a.m. (Walk)
Team now forming!

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Riverfront Wilmington, 0 Shipyard Dr., Wilmington, Delaware
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: Registration at 8:00 a. m. Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Walk at 9:30 a.m. Team now forming! 

United Way Winter Sleigh Holiday 2017 (October through December)

Through this initiative, we are giving those in need of a hand out, not a hand out, the experience of holiday, family and unity. Through the generous support of others, we have been able to support dozens of families giving hundreds of kids (parents/guardians statewide) the gift of generosity. We achieve this through partnering with organizations to hold drives collecting clothes, toys, food, gift cards/cash, donating them to/through United Way. 

For More Information

Contact Jamee Boone, Chief of Staff volunteer@uwde.org or communityengagement@uwde.org (302) 573-3754

The Linden Building | 625 N. Orange Street, 3rd Floor, | Wilmington, DE 19801