In Southeastern Michigan, nearly 40 percent of families in our region struggle to meet their basic needs.


United Way works to advance equitable communities of stable households and thriving children. Volunteers are critical to this mission. United Way’s Seasons of Caring connects individuals, corporate teams and community groups to meaningful volunteer work. Sponsored by Penske Corp., Seasons of Caring gives every person a way to give back year-round in ways that fit their lives and are meaningful to our mission.

And as we work to support families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, volunteer support is more important than ever.

United Way and our partners have come together to find new ways for volunteers to make a difference during this time of dire need while still staying safe. From tutoring students online to packing and delivering food to homebound seniors to gathering supplies for your neighbors in need, there are so many easy and rewarding ways to give back to your community.

Join United Way as a volunteer and help our community recover.


Virtual Volunteering

The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have left many children, individuals and families without access to crucial supports. From homework help for students to a friendly listening ear for older adults, you can give back from the comfort of your home by becoming a virtual volunteer. All you need is a computer, a phone and the desire to help to start making a difference in the lives of others.

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Remote Volunteering

United Way volunteers can also give back without using technology. Create care packages for people in need or participate in other opportunities from your home or office.

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In-Person Volunteering

There are still plenty of ways to safely give back in your community. Many of our partners have worked hard to put safety measures and distancing policies in place to allow volunteers to come in and do the important work they’ve always done.

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Donations and Drives

Families that were already struggling to meet their basic needs have been hit hardest by this pandemic. These families rely on help from homeless shelters, food pantries and child care facilities. Staying open during COVID-19 is costly as organizations need personal protection equipment and cleaning supplies. By donating items or hosting a drive, you can help ensure these places stay open to support families during this difficult time.

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More Information

Due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities are subject to change. Please sign up for the opportunity you’re interested in to receive updates on its status. United Way encourages all volunteers to use their best judgment and exercise caution when volunteering. Volunteers are expected to adhere to CDC guidelines around handwashing, face coverings and social distancing. 

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