The Volunteer Center plays an integral role in United Way of Palm Beach County’s mission to change lives and shape our community. Our volunteer program is aimed at making volunteering easy and flexible to fit everyone’s busy schedule. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, families, organizations and corporations.
To find a volunteer opportunity, use the links below.
You can search for opportunities based on your interests, skills, and geographical location. Or, simply enter a keyword.
There are many ways individuals and families of all ages can serve our community, even while social distancing! Here are a few virtual volunteer opportunities:
Stars of Hope
Use your creativity to give hope, show compassion, and promote healing by decorating a Star of Hope. Download the Star of Hope template here.
Create a bookmark to encourage the love of literacy in young readers. Download the bookmark template here.
Thank a Local Champion
Use this form to share a heartfelt message with our local Champions, such as first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store employees, and many others, for their dedication to our community during this time.
Vertical, horizontal, or corner to corner – No matter which way, you will be making a difference in our community! Download the virtual bingo card here.
Please email your completed items to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: United Way of Palm Beach County, Attn: Volunteer Services, 477 S. Rosemary Avenue, Suite #230, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
To see all volunteer opportunities, please register using the link below. When you register with us, you will receive e-mails notifying you of opportunities and special events that match your volunteer profile.
United Way recruits year-round for disaster volunteers and provides Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) training. Click here to learn more about becoming a disaster assistance volunteer!
Nonprofit organizations and agencies can post their opportunities and update information as needed. It’s a great way to promote your organization!
Registered nonprofits, please note, it is up to you to keep your agency information and opportunities current. If you have misplaced your agency password, please contact Donna Pulda, Vice President of Volunteer Services, at (561) 375-6600.
United Way’s Disaster Management Role
United Way of Palm Beach County’s Volunteer Center is actively involved with disaster management efforts as the lead volunteer agency for Palm Beach County Emergency Management ESF-15. As such, United Way recruits and coordinates volunteers year-round to support the relief effort in the county before and after a disaster. That responsibility includes calling into action United Way’s trained volunteers, opening a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) to mobilize more volunteers (within 72 hours after a disaster strikes) throughout the county.
Become a Disaster Assistance Volunteer
For more information about a presentation to your group about such volunteer opportunities, please contact Meghan Foley, Associate Director of Disaster Recovery, at 561-375-6678.
United Way and other local partners provide trainings to ensure our nonprofit community is ready for a storm. Review these helpful resources below:
2022 Hurricane Outlook | Presented by: Robert Molleda, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Miami/South Florida Weather Forecast Office
Nonprofits and Public Assistance | Presented by: Buck Dickinson, FDEM
Palm Beach County Disaster Preparedness Tips | Presented by: Dearmayl Sherrod, M.S., M.B.A., A.E.M., Emergency Management Specialist II, Community Outreach
Legal and Human Resources Considerations | Presented by: Tequisha Myles, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
Disaster Cycle Series: Preparedness | Presented by: Jovita Woodrich, Volunteer Services Director, Volunteer Florida and Meghan Foley, Associate Director of Disaster Recovery, United Way of Palm Beach County
Disaster Cycle Series: Response | Presented by: Meghan Foley, Associate Director of Disaster Recovery, United Way of Palm Beach County
This training provides a background on disaster volunteers and the need for effective management, as well as how to use Volunteer Connect to create a virtual network for volunteer management.
United Way’s ESF-15 History
United Way of Palm Beach County and its Volunteer Center have a long history of promoting volunteerism in our community, and in preparing for, and recovering from, disasters. Following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, United Way (and Volunteer Center staff and volunteers) took a leadership role in the local response and recovery efforts. Shortly after, Palm Beach County government named United Way as the lead agency for ESF-15 in its Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. During the hurricane season of 2004-2006, United Way of Palm Beach County recruited more than 3,000 volunteers who worked close to 20,000 hours in relief efforts, and in distributing ice, water and food at various distribution sites throughout the county. United Way of Palm Beach County is actively involved in supporting the county’s disaster-related volunteer needs, working closely with officials to develop a more effective disaster management plan. To view the ESF-15 Plan, please click here.
Here’s how a VRC would work:
The VRC would open within 72 hours of a disaster and would serve as a central location for the coordination of volunteers assisting in the relief efforts. In an instance of disaster, United Way of Palm Beach County would open a VRC and would call registered VRC volunteers to help staff the VRC. Next, the County, other governments and agencies would inform United Way where they need assistance. Then, United Way’s VRC would coordinate volunteers and send them to the areas in need.