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Volunteer

Discover the rewards of volunteering! Help local non-profit groups meet the increased demand for their services by donating your time. United Way provides one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups through our website. Or call us to help match you with the perfect volunteer experience. We also hold an annual Day of Caring in October when we match up groups of employees at local non-profit agencies to work on projects.

Anyone can volunteer, day or evening, for ongoing projects or one-time events. Depending on your availability, you can help make things better just an hour a week - or twenty hours a month. It's easy!

To get more information about a volunteer position at United Way, email volunteer@unitedwayescambia.org. To learn about opportunities at local agencies,
click here.

Current United Way Volunteer Opportunities

Day of Caring

This one day event - October 10, 2014 - matches volunteers with local non-profit agencies. The work is varied: indoors, outdoors, painting, lawn care, supply drives, and much more.

United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is a comprehensive information and referral call center and website for Escambia, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties. Callers are seeking primarily basic services of shelter, clothing and financial assistance and are guided to resources within each community. Volunteering is an option in the center from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday. Confidentiality statement and background check required. Available positions:

  • Call Center Information Specialist-serves within the call center, responding to information requests by providing a listening ear and referrals. They receive a minimum of a 30 hour training course, with advanced courses as appropriate. 
  • Community Information Reporter-works closely with the Resource Manager to identify new resources within the communities or update the information on existing agencies in the database.
  • Administrative Support-works directly with the 2-1-1 Director to provide clerical support which could include meeting minutes, filing, organization and help with the 2-1-1 Advisory Council.
  • Quality Assurance Data Entry-includes transferring data into spreadsheets and reporting out monthly on quality assurance follow-up calls.  

Administrative
Campaign Assistant
: Needed immediately! Strong computer/Windows Office skills, good on phone and talking to people in person, 12 hours per week.
Campaign Helpers: November – February. Assistance needed to get campaign info input into computer. Volunteers should have experience working with computers, but don't need specialized skills.

VITA
The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance - VITA - program is a joint initiative of the United Way of Escambia County and the IRS that provides free income tax preparation to low-to moderate-income ($57,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns.Online training can be conducted at their convenience. VITA volunteers receive IRS training and certification and are asked to commit a minimum of two hours per week through April 15.


Community Investment Committee
Through United Way of Escambia County's Funds Distribution process, United Way donors come together to make recommendations on how undesignated donations should be invested in non-profit programs that serve our community. As an organization, we set priorities, invest resources strategically and measures results. Our fundraising structure invests in a network of high-performing programs to improve more lives than any one of the partners could working separately. To keep us on track, all funded programs and initiatives are evaluated annually through a volunteer review and allocation process. The funds distribution process evaluates programs seeking funding based on measurable results and how the program contributes to United Way's three priorities: Education, Financial Stability and Health. To sign up, or learn more, call Marlena Lewis at (850) 444-7140 or e-mail marlena@unitedwayescambia.org
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