JOIN UWCI@100 ON APRIL 19

A day of volunteerism featuring Hand Raisers & Game Changers

For 100 years, United Way has forged unlikely partnerships, mobilized the best resources, found new solutions to old problems, and inspired individuals to join the fight against our community’s most daunting social crises. At its core, United Way is a community impact organization supported by a wide network of people.

Join a dynamic blend of community leaders, volunteers, advocates and supporters who are hyper-focused on increasing the support for United Way during this milestone year. United Way makes volunteering fun, easy and accessible. Most importantly, we provide a meaningful, engaging volunteer experience for everyone.

Complete the form below to be a UWCI@100 Hand Raiser & Game Changer

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Create your own project

Do you have something you're passionate about and want to lend your skills? Go for it! And we have a list of projects to help spark some ideas.

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restock the classroom

Dedicated teachers in our community commonly spend their own money on supplies in their classroom. Let's ease the burden for them this spring.

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Register for agency projects

United Way partners will several other outstanding nonprofits in Central Indiana to have the most impact. Join their project and support one of their causes.

Service Project Ideas

Basic Needs

  • Drive your elderly neighbor to the store
  • Drive someone to work, a visit with family, school, food shopping, haircut, etc.
  • Donate and volunteer to sort, organize, etc. basic needs items (towels, blankets, toiletries, etc.) to a domestic violence shelter
  • Mow your neighbor’s yard (single mom, elderly, on vacation, etc.)
  • Take a meal to a friend/neighbor (single mom, elderly, etc.)
  • Offer to babysit (for free), to allow parents to have a date night/single parent to have some free time
  • Buy lunch and take it to a person standing on a corner asking for help
  • Walk dogs at your local humane society
  • Help someone out of the store with their groceries
  • Remove clothing from your drawers/closets that hasn’t been worn recently and deliver to a homeless shelter
  • Purchase toiletry items and give to a homeless shelter
  • Clean up an urban playground
  • Pick up trash in a neighborhood
  • Send cards to soldiers serving overseas
  • Collect baby clothes and supplies to donate to new parents
  • Volunteer at animal shelter
  • Adopt a highway and clean it up
  • Repaint over graffiti 
  • Plant flowers, etc. along public access roads and mainscapes in the city
  • Fill purses for Project Purse Indianapolis and provide them to women in shelters or schools
  • Help individuals register to vote
  • Help register people to vote
  • Paint curbs, fire hydrants, crosswalks around the community
  • Ride the local bus and talk to riders
  • Clean a room, garage or yard for someone who is disabled
  • Deliver thank you cards to vets
  • Hold a block party
  • Wash a fire truck, ambulance, school bus, etc.
  • Paint a home, fence, etc. for a senior or disabled person
  • Visit and volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Greet people at the airport
  • Bus stop litter pick-up
  • Pledge towards United Christmas Service
  • Clean up a playground
  • Volunteer at a shelter
  • Identify what needs shelter has and collect together
  • Adopt a sidewalk (beautification)
  • Indoor beautification*
  • Materials sorting/clean up (specifically at youth serving agency’s)
  • Donated haircuts/styles to school children, homeless population. In many cities there have been stories of pop up grooming on sidewalks to improve their self-esteem
  • Community cleanup
  • Agency help
  • Build something
  • Indy downtown pickup
  • County downtown pickup
  • Kindness for 24 hours
  • Donate resources such as money, in-kind, company expertise, etc.
  • Do anything difficult that benefits someone in need
  • Make snack bags with bottled water and give to homeless or homeless shelter
  • Do a food drive for a local food pantry
  • Prepare a healthy meal for someone with health problems

Education

  • Volunteer at your child’s (or local) school event
  • Work the concession stands during a sporting event
  • Chaperone a field trip
  • Read to a group of students
  • Share your story at Career Day (*Try using technology to your advantage by using Skype. This also allows the students to experience current business tools.)
  • Show a group of youth/adults how to use technology, Word, Excel, Access and databases
  • Donate dresses for kids to go to prom
  • Donate used children's books to a school library
  • Take underprivileged kids shopping for school clothes and supplies
  • Tutor at a local school after hours
  • Reading at a local school library or city/county library
  • Volunteer at the Children's Museum, IMA, or State Museum
  • Run or walk with school kids to promote activity, create an obstacle course for them
  • Pack lunches for students who are on free or reduced lunch programs
  • Tutoring
  • After-school care volunteering
  • Reading to students
  • High five rallies at each Read Up School (could be limitless opportunity)
  • Read to Early Learning Indiana students
  • Crossing guards throughout IPS
  • Inspirational messages to teachers/youth workers. Which can be prewritten and delivered on the specific day
  • ReadUp type tutoring
  • Start a donation drive for school supplies and donate them to a local school
  • Pull a group together and crate a learning garden for a local school
  • Become a Mentor for a teenage student
  • Musicians offer free lessons to underserved youth at neighborhood community center

Financial Stability

  • Put your career/business skills to work in the local community by partnering with an agency to provide resume writing, mock interviews
  • Organize a group of industry experts to teach a basic financial literacy course
  • Help individuals open bank accounts and offer limited financial advice
  • Help people with tax returns during tax month (April)
  • CWF – what skill can you offer pro bono?
  • Work with CWF to identify small project
  • Teach financial literacy to students

 

Health

  • Organize a neighborhood walking group to encourage healthy living
  • Plant a small garden at your home and make the produce available for anyone to enjoy
  • Send a handwritten card/letter to express your gratitude to friend, relative, colleague
  • Visit a nursing/assisted living center and spend time with residents
  • Donate stuffed animals to children in hospitals
  • Raise money and install new playground equipment at a school playground
  • Participate in a blood drive
  • Visit, read, play cards, interact with individuals at a hospital or senior facility
  • Lead youth fitness fun in your neighborhood
  • Volunteer Elderly Home
  • Sit with a lonely person
  • Listen to everyone more intently for a day
  • Take a loved one or a neighbor to the doctor
  • Make simple first aid kits and give to the homeless or homeless shelter
  • Start a donation collection of socks, hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless
  • Lead an activity at a nursing home such as crafts, bingo, music, etc.
  • Sponsor an underserved child to play soccer or other sport
  • Support your neighbor fitness groups – make you home a water stop
  • Lead a fitness activity at a childcare for preschool age children
  • Teach a healthy cooking class at the neighborhood community center

Restock the Classroom Details

Purpose
Provide an opportunity for the community to engage in a large volunteer activity that focuses on one of United Way's priority areas.

Need
Studies show that teachers spend on average $500 of their own money providing supplies to their classroom. By April, they are tapped out and would appreciate this small donation to help them get through the year. It is a small way to say thank you.

Project
Provide a kit build in each of United Way of Central Indiana’s six counites where volunteers fill plastic totes full of school supplies to be distributed to teachers in Central Indiana.

Four ways for people to get involved.

  • Have a donation drive for supplies.
  • Donate money for supplies.
  • Participate in the kit build.
  • Help deliver totes to the teachers.

Goals

  • Create 3000 kits
  • Involve 600 individuals

Agency Projects

  • Ignore the bulleted list below. This is just a placeholder.
  • Work the concession stands during a sporting event
  • Chaperone a field trip
  • Read to a group of students
  • Share your story at Career Day (*Try using technology to your advantage by using Skype. This also allows the students to experience current business tools.)
  • Show a group of youth/adults how to use technology, Word, Excel, Access and databases
  • Donate dresses for kids to go to prom
  • Donate used children's books to a school library
  • Take underprivileged kids shopping for school clothes and supplies
  • Tutor at a local school after hours
  • Reading at a local school library or city/county library
  • Volunteer at the Children's Museum, IMA, or State Museum
  • Run or walk with school kids to promote activity, create an obstacle course for them
  • Pack lunches for students who are on free or reduced lunch programs
  • Tutoring
  • After-school care volunteering
  • Reading to students
  • High five rallies at each Read Up School (could be limitless opportunity)
  • Read to Early Learning Indiana students
  • Crossing guards throughout IPS
  • Inspirational messages to teachers/youth workers. Which can be prewritten and delivered on the specific day
  • ReadUp type tutoring
  • Start a donation drive for school supplies and donate them to a local school
  • Pull a group together and crate a learning garden for a local school
  • Become a Mentor for a teenage student
  • Musicians offer free lessons to underserved youth at neighborhood community center