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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.  


Find an Opportunity on Get Connected

Browse 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.

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 Lark Kesterke at with questions.



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. Email for more information.

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. Email for more information.