Great Things Happen When We Live United
Serving as a volunteer can be a wonderful way to help your community. Throughout the year, we have opportunities for volunteers in community projects, preschool reading program, fundraising and our community investment panel.
Become a United Way pre-school reader!
In Massachusetts’ neediest communities (including many in Franklin County), up to 67% of third graders are not reading proficiently. This is a key indicator of whether children will stay on track for school success and graduation. We believe that the solution starts long before children even enter school. By volunteering to read to children in the local pre-schools, you can help foster a love of books and learning that will help kids enter kindergarten ready to succeed. United Way Volunteers read to over 20 pre-school classrooms throughout the school year. Plus every child recieves a free copy of the book to take home. To volunteer, use the form below or contact United Way.
Join a Community Investment Panel
It is the heart of United Way’s effectiveness – a unique, community centered allocations process. United Way volunteers rigorously studies, personally inspects and re-qualifies each organization it supports — every year. Volunteers review proposals submitted by agencies. It is community members who personally visit the agencies and see the programs in action, and who ultimately recommend how to best allocate the funds. United Way is always looking for interested community members to volunteer on one of the panels: 1) the Compliance Panel meets in January and reviews the funding applications for compliance and financial accuracy; 2) the Program Panel meets in March and conducts site visits to the organizations and requires the organization to present before the panel members.
Volunteer on the Day of Action
Each year on June 21, United Ways around the world come together, demonstrating the power of volunteerism to advance the common good in our local communities. Volunteer as an individual, family, or with a group of friends or co-workers. Since 2016 our focus has been on oral health, and together with Women's Way and the Community Health Center in Greenfield, we have conducted an Oral Health Fair. This year the Oral Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. For more information and to get involved with Day of Action, please contact United Way of Franklin County. Click here for news about last year's event.
Join the Women's Way Steering Committee
Women's Way is a network of women who are committed to strengthening our community by using our heads, hands, hearts and handbags. Started in 2005, the group holds two important collection drives that directly impact and benefit families living in Franklin County.
"It's Blooming Backpacks" and "Supper for Six". For more information about the programs click here is about giving children an equal start to the new school year just like their peers. Not every family can afford to buy a school backpack, filled with school supplies for one child, let alone three or four! By sponsoring a school backpack drive, the donated backpacks with school supplies go to the most needy families. They are distributed to United Way's partner agencies and their clients. Each year, over 350 backpacks are collected and still many children go without. We are always looking to expand the drive to collect more!
"Supper for Six" is a program that helps families with food during the February school vacation week! Because many families depend on the free school lunch program, they are often not prepared or able to buy enough food to feed their families during the vacation weeks. Women's Way responded by organizing a food collection drive asking for bags of food to feed a "family of six." Each year these groceries bags are collected and distributed to families in need through United Way's partner agencies. Each year we collect approximately 500 grocery bags!
For more information about the programs click here:
BECOME AN Employee Campaign Coordinator for your organization's United Way Campaign
Are you a planner and organizer? Want to make an impact with the United Way campaign and develop your leadership skills at the same time? Volunteer to be an Employee Campaign Coordinator (ECC) and you could help make our community a better place for us all. What this place needs is you! Check out Workplace Giving to learn more.
JOIN Franklin County Young Professional's Group!
Franklin County Young Professionals, established in 2015, develops and enhances opportunities for the next generation of Franklin County community & business leaders to get involved with their community. The FCYP provides networking, social, professional, volunteer and philanthropic opportunities for people "under the age of 40." uw-fc.org/fcyp
Learn more about Volunteering
Volunteers are the backbone of the United Way organization. If you are interested in volunteering with the United Way of Franklin County, or would like help to connect people with volunteer opportunities in the community, please fill out our volunteer intake form below.