Since July of 2014, more than 150 individual volunteers have worked more than 800 hours towards United Way’s mission to support human service programs.
“We have amazing volunteer support,” says Connolly Tate-Mitchell, United Way’s volunteer coordinator. “Without it, many of our programs and events wouldn’t exist.”
“We were at every Hurricanes home game in the fall of 2014 with 6-8 volunteers at each one. We had two volunteers deliver around 200 winter coats donated to the Coats for Kids and Families program in December, and our Poverty simulation needs anywhere from 16 to 20 volunteers to run each time. Our board directors and committee members are volunteers too.
Tate-Mitchell says volunteers are truly the backbone of the organization since they are the ones who decide which community organizations receive United Way funding.
“We raise funds with the support of volunteers,” she says. “Each workplace that hosts a United Way campaign has an employee who volunteers to coordinate it. Everything from passing out pledge forms to planning special events and contests. A volunteer is there.”
During National Volunteer Week, United Way would like to recognize the work volunteers do at all kinds of events and organizations.
“Whether you volunteer with us or another organization,” says Tate-Mitchell, “Thank you for giving your time to help make our community better. Thank you for being a volunteer!”
Pictured below are just a few of the many volunteers United Way has worked with this past year!