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Volunteer

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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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.

Be a Grant Reader

Help shape the direction of our investments in basic needs programs and collaborative projects that will alleviate the long-term effects of poverty for local families with young children. Approximately 20 hours of volunteer work late this summer and fall. Contact Amy Franklin at amy.franklin@uwsc.org for details.

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.

Volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect brings together, in a single location, a wide variety of free and immediate services—from haircuts and medical screenings to laundry and shower services—to families experiencing homelessness. Over 90 different community organizations participate. Many volunteer roles are available! Contact phc@uwsc.org for details.

 

COMPANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Reverse Pitch Competition

The reverse pitch engagement tool allows teams of employees to consider the challenges facing the collaborative partnerships, examine all available resources and be creative in proposing solutions. Proposals are pitched to nonprofit partners, with "winning ideas" selected for possible implementation. 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 he 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
    Teens and adult volunteers make Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a day "on" rather than a day "off" and volunteer at various projects throughout Snohomish County, ranging from planting trees and park clean ups, to assisting food banks and senior centers. For more information on a volunteer opportunity, contact Diana Juarez at diana.juarez@uwsc.org or 425.374.5542.