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For Individuals

Ways to get involved

You’re proud to call the Chicago region home. But you also see that some of your fellow residents are in need of support. Lasting change is only possible when people like you take an active role in their communities. United Way of Metro Chicago offers a multitude of options for you to get involved. From weekly commitments to seasonal opportunities, you can connect with our community partners and help serve your neighbors. Find out how you can make a difference today.

For Corporate Partners

Ways to get involved

Care Projects

Volunteerism is a great way to cultivate team spirit while addressing the issues facing our region. Through our Care Projects, you and your company can help meet your neighbors’ basic needs from your office. For each project, we provide the supplies to build care kits and help facilitate the event for your staff. Options range from literacy kits for kids to kits for families and mothers. If you are a current corporate partner, contact your United Way Relationship Manager to schedule a project.

If you prefer an off-site opportunity, click “next” above the photo to learn more.

For Corporate Partners

Off-Site Volunteer Opportunity

For the teams that would like to get out of the workplace and into the community, we have a variety of opportunities to work with United Way’s community partners. Projects range from tending a community garden to restocking inventory at a local food pantry—and more.

If you are a current corporate partner, view our volunteer calendar below to learn about different opportunities and register for an off-site volunteer activity. If you are not a current corporate partner, visit our Become a Corporate Partner page for more information or contact dayofcaring@LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.

Upcoming volunteer events

For Individuals and Corporate Partners


Brighton Park Back To School Event

Together with local elected officials, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council is hosting a Back to School event for students and families to celebrate and prepare for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Volunteer support is needed for greeting and providing directions, handing out donated supplies, and helping with post-event clean-up. This event takes place at Thomas Kelly High School. Volunteer shifts between 3:00 and 7:00pm.

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For Individuals and Corporate Partners


Back to School Supply Drive

United Way is collecting school supplies to support students and families across the Chicago and suburban region as they prepare for the new school year. Items being collected include gift cards, backpacks, folders, notebooks, pencils, scissors, highlighters, rulers, index cards, and crayons. The drive takes place August 1 through August 31.
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For Individuals and Corporate Partners


National Able Network Remote Mock Interviews

National Able Network is seeking volunteers to support job seekers in mock interview sessions from remote locations. Sessions will be scheduled according to volunteers' and clients' schedules, using a conference line provided by National Able Network. This opportunity takes place remotely and at various times between September 9 through September 13.

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For Individuals and Corporate Partners


9/11 Day Meal Pack Project

In remembrance of the victims of and first responders to the 9/11 attacks on America, the national 9/11 Day Meal Packs project will take place in eight cities this year. Volunteers will assemble healthy non-perishable meals for local food banks. This project takes place at Chicago Union Station. Mid-day and Afternoon shifts available.
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For Individuals and Corporate Partners


Austin Coming Together Community Gardens

Austin Coming Together's Garden Collective is looking for volunteers to lend a hand during their Volunteer Saturdays at many of Austin's amazing Community Gardens. These ongoing projects take place at various locations across Chicago on Saturdays between May 18 through September 14.
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