Make Your Moment. Help us Fight Poverty.


Whether reading to children, stocking shelves at a food pantry or delivering meals to home-bound seniors, there are many volunteer opportunities available in central Ohio every day. We’re excited to announce that we now partner with Besa to connect you with local opportunities in our community.
Learn more below.

Volunteers are vital to the strength and mission of United Way of Central Ohio, as well as to the strength of our community. We know that in order to create opportunities for a better life for all, we have to mobilize and engage individuals, businesses and organizations.

Join us and become a powerful force for good today!

United Way of Central Ohio and Besa

United Way of Central Ohio now partners with Besa for unique volunteer opportunities!

You can be one of the first to learn about new volunteer opportunities by signing up for text messages! Text CONNECTED to 50503 today.

Check back here for upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Tips on volunteering

We are led by a dedicated group of volunteers who give generously of their time and talents to create lasting change in our community. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most of your volunteering experience:

Be Selective

Think about what matters to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. By choosing opportunities that make you feel good and also help others, you will help build stronger communities and enrich your own life at the same time.

Chose Carefully

United Way and community volunteer centers work with volunteers and local nonprofits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors to serve. When you work with your local United Way or Volunteer Center, you can feel confident about the quality of the opportunity you choose and about the organization you donate your time to support.

Research Causes That Are Important To You

Whether it’s helping children achieve their potential, helping families become financially stable, or improving people’s health, find out what cause is closest to your heart and make a difference.

Consider The Skills You Have To Offer

Would you like to write an agency’s newsletter? Or would you rather build a house? Find something you enjoy doing and enhance your skills through volunteering.

Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. For example, learning how to handle crisis calls may help you communicate better.

Don’t Over Commit Your Schedule

Stick to a volunteering schedule that makes sense for you and leaves you time to enjoy the activity.

Consider Volunteering As A Family

Group volunteering is a wonderful way to bond with your family or co-workers; not only will you create lasting memories, but you will help someone in need.

Volunteering with your company

Volunteering increases morale and spotlights a company that cares.

Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits when you give of your time and expertise.

Volunteering with co-workers will help you develop insight into community needs and resources, while directly impacting your community’s quality of life.

For more information about volunteering with your company, please contact our volunteer engagement team at

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