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Actively engaging with United Way and CORE presents new opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand making “light work with many” and to build a wealth of intellect to help solve our community’s challenges.

Thinking innovatively about volunteerism is an exciting change our community deserves. Below are ways to volunteer with United Way as an individual or company.  
 

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Search Get Connected for volunteer opportunities in your local community and choose an opportunity to best match your goals and interests.

Serve on a Committee

United Way engages volunteer committees to ensure that a rich diversity of expertise, experience and perspective lead and drive decision-making and direction to improve people’s lives in Snohomish County. View our list of committees for descriptions and details. Contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org with questions.

Volunteer for our Free Tax Preparation Program

Our Free Tax Preparation Program is an IRS-approved VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program serving low-income populations. These families frequently pay $50, $100 or even upwards of $300 for basic tax return filing through paid preparers, and they often miss out on tax credits available to lower income working people including the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credits. Read more about volunteering as a Tax Counselor or Tax Preparer Jan. - April at sites throughout Snohomish County, and contact Lynsey Gagnon at lynsey.gagnon@uwsc.org with questions.

Join Young Leaders United

Young Leaders United is a network of professionals in their 20s and 30s who are looking to make a difference in Snohomish County through United Way. Young Leaders gather monthly (usually for Happy Hour!), and work together on unique volunteer opportunities to better understand and engage in the complex issues our community faces. Read more. Contact Stephanie Thomas at stephanie.thomas@uwsc.org at  for details.

 

COMPANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CORE Essentials Kits

A series of different 2-Generational kits to support the needs of children birth to age 8 and their families with low income. Each kit includes essential items for both the adult and child to support the long-term outcomes in each of our 5 core focus areas. Contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org for more information.

Collaborative Poverty Simulations

Through a partnership with Skagit Community Action, United Way hosts poverty simulations for the community using the Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPES). This is a half-day workshop where participants experience a month in the life of a family with young children (birth-8) experiencing poverty, both situational and generational. Past participants have reported gaining a deeper understanding of the complexity of poverty and have gone on to facilitate change in their own work, including within city government, schools, and community based organizations, to address needs and create opportunities. Contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org for more information.

World Café

Host/participate in a World Café session structured as an interactive process with small group work, questions, and culminating in new ideas. This ideation session will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges facing children birth to age 8 and their families with low income in Snohomish County—“Making Invisible Issues, Visible.” Learn more about World Café. Contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org for more information.

VOLUNTEER DAYS

Whether an individual or as part of a workplace team, United Way welcomes all volunteers to the following upcoming volunteer days:

  • Day of Caring
    Day of Caring is the biggest volunteer event in the state bringing together volunteers committed to positive impactful change for residents in Snohomish County. Contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org for more information.
     
  • MLK Day of Service
    Join thousands nationwide on January 15, 2018, who will be celebrating the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering in their communities. Whether individually or with a group, make an impact in our community today. Visit our Get Connected volunteer site and search through volunteer opportunities available on MLK Day 2018. Your local United Way will be hosting a Public Policy training on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and will offer a repeat of the training the following week. More details to follow. For more information, contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org or 425.374.5542.