Get involved: our vibrant and diverse group is one of the Heart of Illinois United Way's most powerful forms of philanthropy.

Get Involved

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Each year, thousands of individuals volunteer in some capacity for the Heart of Illinois United Way. This vibrant and diverse group is one of our most powerful forms of philanthropy. Through community-wide volunteerism, the Heart of Illinois United Way is mobilizing a dedicated, united team of advocates working to create positive, lasting community-wide change.

Get Involved with Community Volunteerism with the Heart of Illinois United WayCommunity Volunteerism

The Heart of Illinois United Way is dedicated to helping companies, organizations and individuals find unique and volunteer opportunities throughout central Illinois. From our annual Day of Caring and Read Across America Day events to year-round and seasonal needs, our partner agencies and schools welcome you to make a difference.


Get Involved with GENeration United (GEN U), the young leadership group for the Heart of Illinois United Way.GENeration United

GENeration United (GEN U) is the young leadership group for the Heart of Illinois United Way. With no requirements or dues, getting involved in GEN U is an easy and effective way to grow personally and professionally by making this community a better place to live.


Youth United is comprised of area high school and college students who actively participate in addressing their community's needs through volunteer projects and awarding youth-related grants to Heart of Illinois United Way partner agencies.Youth United

Area high school and college students in YOUTH UNITED actively participate in addressing their community’s needs through volunteer projects and awarding youth-related grants to Heart of Illinois United Way partner agencies. Students meet monthly to plan area service projects and to develop an annual spring volunteer day for all of the schools.


Year-round we need great volunteers to help support our campaign efforts.Support the 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 .


United Way Allocation Process - More than 100 volunteers help each year review United Way grant applications and United Way funded programs.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 to see if any volunteer opportunities are available.


Members of local unions who volunteer for the United Way.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 .