Volunteer

Want to know where to volunteer in Brooke County, Ohio County, Marshall County, Wetzel County, and Tyler County in West Virginia, and Belmont County in Ohio? The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley has many volunteer opportunities year-round.

Volunteer your time, talent and energy and you will change the lives of the adults and children that you help. If you are interested in one of our volunteering opportunities, click the “Request Info” button below each job to have one of our representatives reach out to you. Or email liveuniteduov@unitedwayuov.org for more information.

Volunteering at Agencies

Since needs at the agencies vary greatly, contact the agencies directly.

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Day of Caring

The concept of Day of Caring was created at a Regional Association of United Ways meeting which included Allegheny, Butler, Greene and Washington Counties, plus Mon Valley in Pennsylvania; Marion, Monongalia and Harrison Counties in West Virginia and the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley which covered Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia and Belmont County in Ohio.

For years each United Way held their campaign kickoffs at different times. This group decided they could avoid confusion and attract more public attention by launching their fund drives on the same day. To make the opening day even more significant, local companies were asked to loan employees to provide time and energy for community service projects in each community.

The first Day of Caring was held September 11, 1991. Here in the Upper Ohio Valley we had 6 social service agencies and 60 volunteers participating. The job list that year included general cleaning and painting.

In the Upper Ohio Valley we continue to kickoff our annual campaign with the Day of Caring. In 2018 24 programs from various social service agencies and nearly 400 volunteers from 36 companies participated in a wide variety of jobs. They range from general cleaning all the way to skilled construction.

If your company does not currently participate in Day of Caring please feel free to call us and we will gladly get you the information you will need to join us in the next Day of Caring event. 304-232-4625

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Night at the Races

This event is a fund raiser held in March at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack.  Volunteers are needed to greet guests, sell raffle tickets during the evening, sell additional blackjack chips, etc.

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Committees

The Board of Directors is the responsible legal body of the United Way.  Directors are elected for a three-year term.  Meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday.

The Strategic Planning Committee provides vision and direction to the United Way Board of Directors.

The Marketing Committee is responsible for year-round program of information and publicizing the annual campaign.  They also actively participate in overseeing Special Event programs.  Meets monthly.

Allocation Panel members attend a 1-1-l/2 hour orientation session in January.  They visit four or five agencies during one day (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) the end of January or first of February.   During the agency visit they become familiar with the programs, objectives and see the agency in operation.  They review the agency’s request and budget materials submitted and ask questions of the agency representatives.  They make recommendations on funding for each agency on their panel.  There are currently five Allocation Panels.  The Allocations Executive Committee consists of two chairs from each Panel.  The Executive Committee review and recommend action on agency requests for continued support.  They review and recommend action on new agency requests for admission or current agencies’ requests for supplemental fund raising.

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Other Special Events as scheduled

Volunteers are always needed to assist with sale of raffle tickets or other special projects.

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