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.
United Way's Days of Action
Days of Action are unparalleled, community-changing volunteer opportunities that highlight United Way’s work in the community. In 2016, 4,011 people volunteered with us through Days of Action.
Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Days of Action
Dirty Hands, Big Hearts Day of Action is a hands-on volunteer opportunity at one of our Family Resource Centers. United Way’s Family Resource Centers are located strategically in areas where people need the most help and provide prevention, wellness and case management and programs that improve health outcomes. Volunteers will help improve these locations through hands-on projects like painting, gardening, cleaning and landscaping.
Reading Days of Action
United Way's Reading Days of Action brings the joy of reading to Read to Succeed students in Nashville. There are many ways to get involved. You can donate books by placing them in the United Way donation box at your office, purchase a book from our Amazon wish list, or make a donation toward the purchase of books. Then get involved by volunteering to read to students in our Read to Succeed classrooms and signing up to sort and stuff books into bags at the Sort-a-Thon. Bags filled with books are delivered each year to children in United Way Read to Succeed classrooms.
Baby Shower Days of Action
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and its volunteers partner to provide much needed items for some of Nashville’s most at-risk mothers during Baby Shower Days of Action. Volunteers collect items and assemble diaper bags full of the items that new mothers need most, such as diapers, wipes, onesies and blankets. Having these essential baby items makes preparing for and caring for a new baby that much easier. Research indicates that if babies don’t have a healthy start to life, their risk of later health problems increase, such as asthma, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes increases. This event will provide new mothers with tangible items and resources to help their babies have a healthy beginning.
Following the event, bags full of supplies are delivered to United Way Family Resource Centers, where the staff will distribute them to at-risk parents.
Stuff the Bus Days of Action
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% 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.
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 more than 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!