March 12, 2019

Build literacy with United Way and you could win big this National Volunteer Week

This April, United Way for Southeastern Michigan is celebrating National Volunteer Week with a community project that aims to build childhood literacy and encourage daily reading habits that can contribute to lifelong success.

And, it could pay off big for one volunteer.

volunteers sorting books

On April 13, United Way volunteers will pack bookboxes at Focus: HOPE.

You’re invited — and you could win

National Volunteer Week takes place April 7-13.

On April 13, you can join United Way for a day of service at Focus: HOPE in Detroit. Volunteers will be helping with a variety of projects, including sorting books, building Bookshare Box Libraries, and cleaning and beautification around Focus: HOPE’s campus.

The bookshare boxes will include 100 children’s books that will then be distributed to nonprofits in the Metro Detroit area.

Everyone who participates will go home knowing that they made a difference. And one lucky volunteer will go home with a $500 gift card, generously donated by our partner Target.

To be eligible to win, volunteers must create an account on our volunteer portal and must register for and participate in the April 13 project. During the project, we will choose and celebrate the winner.

Click here to sign up and see the full contest rules

Volunteer tasks at the project include painting the book crates, cutting out bookmarks and placing them in each book, writing notes of encouragement, sorting and organizing books, packing the crates and assisting additional cleaning/organizing projects as needed.

This project is family-friendly, so bring the kids to have fun while learning the importance of giving back.

Mother volunteers with kids

Volunteering isn’t just for adults! United Way offers several ways to give back with your children this summer.

Building on tradition

Volunteerism is a crucial, year-round part of what we do at United Way.

Our Seasons of Caring initiative offers a new way to give back every season. This spring, the focus will be on early childhood education and literacy.

In 2018, 7969 volunteers donated 22,907 hours to 483 projects. During National Volunteer Week alone, 402 people volunteered for a total of 925 hours. That’s an impact of $22,317 in donated labor.

Every year during National Volunteer Week, United Way for Southeastern Michigan celebrates volunteerism. When we bring corporate partners and individual volunteers together, we can tackle tough challenges and build stronger communities.

“National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to unite the community through service,” said Kristen Cibulskis, volunteer engagement manager at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “For more than 10 years, we’ve engaged thousands of volunteers from the community and our corporate partners in an effort to support the southeastern Michigan region.”

The weeklong celebration of volunteerism will also include many projects with United Way partners that the public can participate in.

United Way staff will also take part in the week of service. This effort will bring an additional 100+ volunteers to multiple nonprofit organizations throughout the week to work on projects such as food packing with Gleaners Community Food Bank, smoke alarm installation with American Red Cross and beautification projects with partners like Brilliant Detroit and HAVEN.

“If you’re interested in volunteering, National Volunteer Week is a great time to get started,” Kristen said.

We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate volunteerism in Metro Detroit.

To see all National Volunteer Week opportunities, visit our volunteer portal.