Heart of Illinois
United Way

alt tag here

Volunteering for United Way and its Partner Agencies

Each year, more than 27,000 volunteer hours are completed by local volunteers for the Heart of Illinois United Way. We can help individuals and groups find volunteer projects to meet a variety of needs.

Year-Round Group/Team Building Volunteer Opportunities

The Heart of Illinois United Way can help match individual volunteers and volunteer teams to available needs.  Below is a list of current available volunteer opportunities. In addition, if you don't see a date/time or project below that works for your volunteer team, click here to submit a volunteer project request.  Please provide 2-3 weeks lead time for securing a project that meets your team's needs. If you have any questions, contact Gina Edwards at 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 or email gina.edwards@unitedway.org.

Current Volunteer Projects

For the projects listed below, volunteers need to register to participate. Please see the registration or contact information listed for each project. Volunteer needs are often met rather quickly, so we advise contacting the agency well in advance. If the project that interests you has been filled, please consider a different opportunity or click here to submit a volunteer team request.

Taking Down Holiday Decorations - Children's Home

January 2, 2017 ... Time is Flexible

Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-6

Taking down decorations and putting them into storage at the Knoxville Ave. location in Peoria.

For more information or to sign-up a team for this volunteer project:
Lisa Sheehan, Volunteer Coordinator, 309- 309-687-7424 or lsheehan@chail.org

Youth Farm Decorations Tear Down - Children's Home

January 9, 2017 ... Time is Flexible

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-15

Taking down holiday decorations and lights at the Youth Farm location.

For more information or to sign-up a team for this volunteer project:
Lisa Sheehan, Volunteer Coordinator, 309- 309-687-7424 or lsheehan@chail.org

Gimme Shelter – A Night to End Homelessness

Friday, January 13 – Saturday, January 14 at Peoria Civic Center

Gimme Shelter is a new event hosted by the South Side Office of Concern to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those in our community without homes and to give our citizens an opportunity to help in the fight to end homelessness in Central Illinois. Community members will raise funds for the "privilege" of spending the night, from 6:00 pm in the evening until 6:00 am the next morning, outside in a cardboard box. Volunteers are needed to help with setup the afternoon of Friday, January 13, to assist throughout the evening, and to help with tear down/cleanup on Saturday morning.

To sign up to help, go to Volunteer.

For more information or to sign-up for this volunteer project:
Kristen Berchtold, Southside Office of Concern, 309-222-2751 or kberchtold@southsideofficeofconcern.org

Moving Day - South Side Office of Concern

Volunteers needed for a half-day in January; agency is flexible on the date and time.

South Side Office of Concern needs 5-8 volunteers to help for a half-day moving appliances and furniture out of their New Hope Apartment location. Items are in a storage area that will be re-purposed as a mental health drop-in center for their clients. Volunteers need to be willing and able to move the heavy pieces.

For more information or to sign-up for this volunteer project:
Kristen Berchtold, Southside Office of Concern, 309-222-2751 or kberchtold@southsideofficeofconcern.org

Read Across America Day - March 2, 2017

The Heart of Illinois United Way's Success By 6 program is participating in the National Education Association’s 2017 Read Across America Day! Celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2, 2017, Read Across America Day is a nationwide celebration with thousands of schools, libraries, and agencies bringing together children and volunteers for reading, crafts and activities. In central Illinois, Success By 6 is inviting volunteers to its partner preschools to read the 50th Anniversary Edition of Dr. Seuss' Come Over to My House and assist the students with a craft related to Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.

If you or your team would like to volunteer, click here for a list of participating Success By 6 classrooms and to register for available volunteer openings.

For Agencies with Questions about Read Across America Day, contact
Andrea Bowers, Success By 6 Program Coordinator, Heart of Illinois United Way
Phone: 309-674-5181, ext. 1229 Email: andrea.bowers@unitedway.org

For Volunteers with Questions about Registering for Read Across America Day, contact:
Gina Edwards, VP of Marketing, Heart of Illinois United Way
Phone: 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 Email: gina.edwards@unitedway.org

Youth United

If you're a student at a high school or college in central Illinois, click here to learn more about our Youth United: Student United Way.

GENeration United

If you're a young leader age 23-45, learn more about great volunteering and leadership opportunities through GENeration United by clicking here.

Annual Campaign

Year-round we need great volunteers to help support our campaign efforts. From organizing a workplace campaign and fundraisers to serving on our campaign cabinet, there may be a great fundraising opportunity waiting for you. For more information, call or email Stephen Peterson, VP of Resource Development at 309-674-5181, ext. 1254 or stephen.peterson@unitedway.org.

United Way Allocation Process

More than 100 volunteers help each year review United Way grant applications and United Way funded programs. If you're interested in becoming a part of this important process, please call or email Nicole Frederick, VP of Community Investment at 309-674-5181, ext. 1230 or nicole.frederick@unitedway.org to see if any volunteer opportunities are available.

AFL-CIO Labor Volunteers

Are you a member of a local union and interested in volunteering for the United Way? Contact Amy Flynn, VP of AFL-CIO Community Relations at 309-674-5181, ext. 1239 or amy.flynn@unitedway.org. For more information about the United Way and AFL-CIO, click here.

Back to Top