Want to volunteer with United Way? We offer many opportunities for anyone looking to get involved. Below are some of our large volunteer events. Whether you want to volunteer with your family, coworkers or on your own, we can help you find the opportunity right for you. To learn more about volunteering and how you can help, contact Megan McGuire.
United Way's Days of Action
Days of Action are unparalleled, community-changing volunteer opportunities that highlight United Way’s work in the community.
Level Up For Literacy
Join United Way as we collect books to build classroom libraries for our most in-need Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools elementary schools. Two out of three Nashville third-graders are not reading on grade level. Studies have shown that if children cannot read on grade level by the end of third grade, they are five times more likely to drop out of high school.
It’s a big problem, but you can help. Access to books is key to helping students improve their literacy skills and move to the next reading level. United Way’s goal is to build 100 libraries for classrooms at MNPS elementary schools identified as Priority Schools.
Stuff the Bus
Many at-risk children lack the most basic school supplies at the start of each school year. Stuff the Bus is a summer-long series of events and volunteer opportunities to provide at-risk students in Nashville with the school supplies they need to start the new school year. Approximately 75 percent of Metropolitan Nashville Public School students are economically disadvantaged. Many parents simply can’t afford the school supplies their child needs. By volunteering, advocating or giving during Stuff the Bus, you are helping a child begin their school year with confidence. Backpacks full of school supplies are delivered each year to MNPS students, Family Resource Centers and partner agencies.
Help us collect baskets of nonperishable food items to give to our neighbors who do not have the means to serve or enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Boxes include nonperishable food and gift cards for perishables, plus other items such as warm socks, games, treats or decorations. More details to come in early fall.
For more information regarding Days of Action sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Reoccuring Volunteer Opportunities
VITA Free Tax Prep
VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Over 250 IRS-certified volunteers prepare tax returns for free for individuals & families who qualify based on income. Each year, United Way offers free tax prep at approximately 40 locations across Middle Tennessee. We rely on volunteers for positions ranging from site greeters to tax prep. No experience necessary, we'll train you!
Read, Baby Read!
Literacy begins at birth, which is why reading to infants and toddlers is crucial to early brain development. The Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee is piloting a program, Read, Baby Read!, to impact those young people through reading, play and songs.
We are seeking volunteers to read for one hour, once a month to infants through two years of age at St. Luke’s Community House. Schedules are flexible, and training and in-classroom support are provided.
To learn more about volunteering, contact Brooke Seigle-Rochelle.