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 every day.

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. Find an opportunity that appeals to you and get involved today.

columbus Volunteer challenge

The Columbus Volunteer Challenge is an annual city-wide volunteer event hosted by United Way of Central Ohio. Each September we challenge community volunteers, corporations, non-profits, schools, universities, faith organizations and other community groups to come together in service to help build a community that is more inspired, proud, and engaged.

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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