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Meaningful community solutions require more than money or programs or policies. The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and go where their time and talent is most needed.

Ways to Find Time to Volunteer

Volunteering mobilizes the caring power of our community through hands-on action to make an immediate difference to our neighbors and a better place for us all.  Giving and volunteering is also good for your wellbeing - the rewards are two-fold.

1. Combine family time with volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to spend quality time with the family while passing your values on to your children.

2. Many companies give their employees time to volunteer during the workday. Ask about policies at your company.  Volunteering as a group can be a great team building exercise too!

3. Make a specific volunteer opportunity a weekly, monthly, or yearly tradition so it is just as important as a birthday or holiday.

4. Join a social group that emphasizes volunteering, such as our Student United Way. You'll meet new people and give back to the community all at the same time.

5. Make a list of volunteer activities that do not require a commitment and keep it handy. This way, you can spontaneously participate when you have a little free time.

6. Seize unexpected free time, like a canceled appointment or party, as an opportunity to volunteer. 

7. Use spring cleaning as an opportunity to donate clothing and household items in good condition to charity.

8. Plan to volunteer on holidays when there is no school or work. This provides another opportunity to bring the kids along.

9. Consider taking a volunteer vacation. The next time you take a few days to travel, think about using a portion of your time to help those in need.

10. The most recent data about volunteerism in America suggests that the most likely person to volunteer is a woman with a job and kids. Volunteers are most likely the busiest people in this county! It's a choice to make time to volunteer when you care about an issue.

Make a mark in your own backyard—join our global community of game changers today and choose to Live United!

When you volunteer through United Way, you’re joining 2.9 million people who are giving back so others can get ahead.

Through contributing your time to volunteering, you can create a lasting and positive influence in our communities. Volunteers allow us to help those in our area who really need a helping hand. The generosity that our volunteers put into these opportunities are unforgetful and that generosity drives much of what we accomplish here at United Way of Pitt County.

We are always looking for help from volunteers to make an even bigger impact in our wonderful community. If you are interested in volunteering for United Way of Pitt County, please contact Dwain Cooper at or Susan Tidd at for more information.