When you volunteer through United Way, you’re joining 1.5 million people who are giving back so others can get ahead. Use your time and talent to create social change where you work or live — join our global community of game changers.
Meaningful community solutions require more than money or programs or policies. The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and go where they are most needed.
Every day, people develop lasting solutions to local issues. Whether volunteering to help a family file their taxes, providing rides for an ill or injured service member or veteran, or tutoring
primary-school students, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
United Way Day of Action
Each year on and around June 21, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of communities around the world come together for United Way's Day of Action to address the issues that matter most to them. For some, it’s stuffing backpacks full of books to encourage reading and improve early literacy. For others, it’s planting community gardens to foster civic pride and promote affordable, healthy eating. In that sense, Day of Action mirrors the work that we do all year-round: empower people to affect positive change.
From restoring community gardens to cleaning up debris, United Way Worldwide joined with Aeropostale to rally volunteers around the California communities affected by 2018's deadly wildfires, which destroyed more than 100,000 acres and displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals and families.
During their week of service, Alternative Spring Breakers gained in-depth exposure to the mid- to long-term recovery efforts underway in the region, and assisted people who are currently displaced or homeless, replanted trees and spruced up public spaces.
In the U.S., research shows that children who read proficiently by third grade are more likely to graduate high school. Other benefits stack up over time: students who graduate high school are better able to find jobs with livable wages, live longer lives and have children who also graduate on time. And studies show tutoring is one of the most reliable methods for improving reading outcomes — families, teachers, government, business leaders and community members all have roles to play.