How to help when you’re short on time

There are only 24 hours in a day, and for many of us, that never seems like quite enough. Between responsibilities at work or school (or both), responsibilities at home, and all the myriad others we face, the thought of adding anything else to already packed schedules is impossible. So, given all this, how can you help when you don’t have much time?

A volunteer helps a client at one of United Way's Free Tax Prep sites.

A volunteer helps a client at one of United Way’s Free Tax Prep sites.

Here are a few ways you can help in the fight to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every person in your community in ways that fit your individual schedule:

Donate money online or through a workplace campaign.

When you give to UWWC’s Community Impact Fund, your giving creates lasting changes to improve people’s lives. These contributions provide valuable support to programs that improve health, education, and financial stability. When you give through a workplace campaign, you can even automate the process by signing up for paycheck withdrawals at a giving level that fits your budget. Even just $5 a week can help a family stabilize their living situation to avoid possible eviction or termination of utilities and resume bill payments on their own.

Donate food or needed supplies through a donation drive such as Full Tummies, Warm Hearts or Stuff the Bus.

Keep an eye out throughout the year for donation drives such as UWWC’s Full Tummies, Warm Hearts or Stuff the Bus. When you sponsor a family through Full Tummies, Warm Hearts, your gifts help ensure that a struggling family does not have to go without a Thanksgiving meal; when you donate school supplies through Stuff the Bus, you help ensure children in your community have the tools they need to succeed in school.

Participate in employer-sponsored volunteering opportunities.

Many employers now offer employees opportunities to volunteer in the community, whether by allowing for paid or unpaid time off to volunteer or by organizing company-sponsored volunteer events. Even just a few hours delivering meals to homebound elderly or reading to preschool-aged children can make a difference.

Join a UWWC affinity group.

When you join a UWWC affinity group such as our Youth Advisory Council (YAC), Patricia Hart Society or Emerging Leaders United (ELU), you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including helping organize fundraisers, volunteering with local children and helping collect items for donation drives, among others. In each group, you can commit the amount of time that fits your schedule while knowing you are helping to make someone’s life better.

Become a Citizens Review Panel member.

As a Citizens Review Panel member, your work helps to ensure UWWC’s Community Impact Fund addresses the community’s most pressing needs. Each panel member commits, on average, 18 hours combined between February and April. During this time, panelists review programs seeking Community Impact Fund grants while considering local needs and recommend appropriate funding amounts for each program.

Become a Raise Your Hand (RYH) volunteer tutor.

As a volunteer tutor with UWWC’s Raise Your Hand (RYH) tutoring program, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate and lasting impact on a child’s academic success. Tutors commit at least one hour per week to work in the classroom after school helping teachers with 2nd- through 4th-grade students who are struggling with reading and math.

Volunteer with United Way’s Free Tax Prep.

United Way’s Free Tax Prep program provides volunteer opportunities for a variety of skill levels – you don’t need to be an accountant to help people with low-to-moderate incomes keep more of their hard-earned money. Training is provided free. You can commit the amount of time that fits your schedule and know your efforts are helping people build financial stability.

Tell people why you support UWWC.

Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media so you can stay current on what’s going on at UWWC and make sure to share this with your friends, family and colleagues so they can learn more, too. Because we are stronger when we Live United.