Whether you want to read to children, mentor at-risk youth, help families manage their finances or volunteer at our community’s 24-hour referral helpline, the United Way can connect you to a wide range of local volunteer opportunities. Review the following list to find the opportunity that’s right for you and get in touch. We look forward to connecting with you!
Read to 4-Year-Olds
Passionate, committed, caring volunteers are needed to help four-year-olds in our community get ready for kindergarten. ReadingPals visit pairs of children in preschool classrooms one hour a week to share books, engage in conversation and play games focused on concepts like letters, colors and shapes. Volunteers meet with the same children each week. Not only do ReadingPals help build essential skills, they provide the individual attention many children need to thrive. Learn more about ReadingPals.Sign Up Now
Mentor an At-Risk Student
Achievers For Life is a research-based dropout prevention strategy that provides support to 6th grade students who are at risk of failing academically. AFL mentors meet with their student one hour each week during the school year to tutor, set goals and engage the child in conversation. Learn more about Achievers For Life.
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Help Families Manage Their Finances
RealSense has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities available. If you have an interest in finance, we have a way for you to apply your passion and skills to help families in your community become more financially stable. Volunteer areas include tax preparation, client greeting, financial education, outreach, and more! Learn more about RealSense.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – Training will be 18-20 hours and will require passing an open-book IRS certification test plus working practice exercises. Volunteers will be asked to donate at least 40 hours between Jan. 15 and April 15. VITA sites serve all families. RealSense operates VITA sites in the following counties: Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay, Baker and Putnam. For more information on becoming a VITA Tax Preparer, contact Steve Norris or call 904-390-3250.
AARP Tax-Aide – Training will be 40 hours and require passing an open-book IRS certification test plus working practice exercises. Volunteers will be asked to donate 40 hours between Feb. 1 and April 15. Tax-Aide sites serve all low-to-middle income families. While helping people of all ages, Tax-Aide sites offer special attention to those 60 years of age and older. Tax-Aide sites are located in Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Bradford and Putnam counties. To learn more about volunteering with AARP, contact Marilyn Clark, district coordinator.
Benefit Bank Counselor – Benefit Bank counselors prepare simple tax returns and may also assist clients with applying online for certain public benefits. Training will be approximately 6-8 hours and requires passing an online examination. Volunteers will be asked to donate 30 hours between January 15 and April 15. Benefit Bank sites serve low-to-middle income families with a total family income of $50,000 or less.
- Help recruit tax preparer volunteers and client greeters
- Be trained on tax law and how to manage a tax site and volunteers
- Manage the process and operations during tax preparation
- Track and report volunteer work hours
- Manage supplies inventory
Connect Callers to Assistance
2-1-1 is our community’s 24-hour information and referral helpline, and also serves as our community’s suicide intervention hotline. Volunteers are needed to follow up with callers for quality of assurance and effectiveness of referrals. Training is provided. Learn more about 2-1-1.Sign Up Now
Community Impact Fund Investment Volunteer
Volunteers help allocate funds to programs successfully addressing education, income, and health issues in Northeast Florida. The commitment is 40-50 hours concentrated during the months of September through November and March through May. Donors who currently give to United Way’s Community Impact Fund are eligible to serve on this committee. Training is provided.Sign Up Now