Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale.  And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds it changes the odds.
Former President Bill Clinton



Want to volunteer?  Click HERE to visit UWSCI's Volunteer Connect
portal where you will be linked with a Volunteer Opportunity to give back to YOUR community!


We look forward to impacting the community with YOU!



Everyday, ordinary people are accomplishing extraordinary things through volunteerism.  We all have talents and skills that we can put to work for our community.


Are you concerned about the needs of our community?  Can you ask tough questions? Do you understand financials.?  If yes, then the Citizen Review Panel may be the volunteer opportunity for you.  Our Citizen Review Process is the method by which volunteers from the community review agency applications, look at community need and then determine which programs require funding to meet that community need and finally allocate donor dollars for that funding.  The process begins usually in March/April and requires about 12-15 hours of volunteer time. To volunteer for the Citizen Review Panel, please send an email to Rhonda at uwjc@mvn.net



DIRT Projects are "Get-your-hands-dirty-you’re-really-going-to-work" projects. Show up. Get dirty. Change your clothes. (Did we mention that you’re going to get dirty?) Go back to your life and say to yourself "WOW…..I really DID something today!"
Projects are 60-90 minutes in length and are focused on helping people. You would be surprised what 20-30 volunteers can accomplish in an hour!  For more information on upcoming DIRT Projects, click HERE.



United Way of South Central Illinois annual campaign is an integral part of the United Way system.  In order to fund direct an agency programs and special events a successful fundraising campaign must be run annually.  United Way is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help in recruiting new and veteran companies to run employee giving campaigns.  Volunteers can choose to work in various divisions such as Retail, Professional, Manufacturing, Education, Finance, Government, Medical, Agriculture/Minerals, Retirees, Hospitality.


Special Events are fun ways to volunteer.  The United Way occasionally hosts special events as fundraisers throughout the year.  Our annual Victory Celebration is the way in which we honor our volunteers and donors and celebrate a successful year.  This gala is an evening of fun, food and entertainment.  Committees work the month or two prior to the event to plan and prepare for a great evening.


Planning for our annual Stuff the Bus event begins in June with a committee planning meeting.  Volunteers are needed throughout the process with planning the event. Then lots of volunteers are necessary to help us organize and count the supplies then pack the backpacks and distribute them to the schools and students.  Email Rhonda at uwjc@mvn.net to volunteer for this wonderful event


The NOW program utilizes volunteers for 30 minutes each month during the school year to pack backpacks full of kid-friendly food for students at risk of hunger on weekends.  Just check our calendar and come on out to Park Avenue Baptist Food Pantry and spend a meaningful 30 minutes giving back and helping kids!


This is a volunteer act that the United Way has not yet done, but would love to take on.  A Day of Caring is a community wide give back day.  Groups of volunteers from various companies, churches, civic groups and individuals come together to do community projects such as building wheelchair ramps, painting for a local agency, planting flower beds or landscaping, minor repairs, working with the elderly or maybe reading to children.  If you have a group that would like to help us kick start this annual event, please contact the United Way office.


Many of the agency programs the United Way funds utilize volunteers on a daily basis and could not function without them. For example Southern Illinois Information Radio Services utilizes volunteers to read local newspapers, magazines and other printed material so that sight impaired and those with disabilities can stay in touch with their community. The Foster Grandparent's program through Kids Hope United connects senior volunteers with the school system to become mentors and assist in the classrooms.  These lucky students love their "grandma Ida Mae or grandpa Whiteside".  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates uses trained volunteers to become advocates for children involved in the court system and foster care program.

The volunteer opportunities are endless. For more information on ways you can LIVE UNITED by volunteering, please contact us at 242-8000 or email us at uwjc@mvn.net