Volunteer

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.

2019 Summer Youth Opportunities/College & High School Students

2019 Summer Volunteer Opportunities

 

Salvation Army Brooke—Barb McConnell 304-737-0071

  •       Thrift Store-sorting and hanging clothing, general stocking of merchandise
  •        Janitorial work in all areas of the building
  •       Kitchen-if working with food must have Food Handlers card.  Dishwashing and clean-up crews needed.
  •       Pantry workers-stock pantry with donations.

 

American Red Cross—contact Sharon Kesselring 304-485-7311 or Jesse Hott 304-232-0711

  •    College students after taking online training can help with disaster services and response.  Help with installs of smoke detectors once restocked.

 

Gabriel Project—contact Faith Hicks 304-639-5039

  •      Sorting clothes
  •       Assisting clients
  •       Answering the phone
  •      Wheeling open Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 12-3pm
  •       Moundsville open Thursday from 11am-2pm
  •       New Martinsville open Tuesday & Thursday 11am-2pm

 

Brooke County Library

  •       Shelf Readers-Follansbee & Wellsburg
  •       Light Cleaners for Wellsburg—vacuum, dust, wipe down shelves, etc.
  •        Summer Meals Help-serving
  •       Can train to cover books, process them, etc. if there often

 

YWCA Summer Camp

  •        July 8th-12 and 15th-19th from 8am-4pm
  •        College or Seniors in High School
  •        Help with kids at the camp

 

Heart2Heart

  • Volunteers to visit the sick.

The Serenity Hills Life Center

  • Mowing (on a riding mower mostly)
  • Weed trimming
  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • Helping with activities

 

All volunteers would have to go through our procedures for volunteering and we are a no smoking facility.

 

Harmony House

  • Looking for college students to assist.  They would however have to watch and type up reports that involve abuse that can be disturbing and detailed.

They would also need to pass a background check from the Sheriff’s office that can cost a bit of money.

 

Seeing Hand Association

 

  • Working to weed, plant and harvest the garden.  This is usually during the week in the morning hours and depends on weather
  • Working at our Camp for blind and visually impaired children.  This is July 15– July 19 It is a fun event and they would enjoy the planned activities as well as helping out.
  • Sprucing up our agency.  This would probably only be a few times during the summer but they would pull weeds, wash windows, clean and help in the workshop as needed.
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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 2014 30 social service agencies and more than 300 volunteers from 35 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 particpate 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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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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