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Group Opportunities

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United Way will help connect your employee teams, social groups, service organizations, families or friends to meaningful volunteer experiences that impact lives within our focus areas and across our community.

United Way Funded-Partner Projects

We’ve worked with our partners in youth success, financial stability, health and basic needs to preschedule a variety of projects to meet a range of group sizes and interests. It’s easier than ever for your team to get involved. Learn more>>

Community-Wide Projects

We also believe it’s important to provide access for nonprofits to recruit volunteers and to help individuals connect to community efforts. Check out the community-wide project calendar for additional opportunities across Northeast Florida. Learn more>>

On-Site Projects

If a prescheduled volunteer project doesn’t meet your team’s needs, United Way can customize one of our projects based around your availability and group size. We have provided a list of current projects of at agency partner’s locations with flexible dates and various sites. All customized projects will require a fee to cover the cost of materials as determined by project type and group size. Learn more>>

Host A Collection Drive

Holding a donation drive can be a creative and collaborative team-building exercise and a great service project for students or groups. Check out our list of drives for some of our community’s most needed items. Learn more>>

Custom Projects

Host a volunteer event at your office, community facility or home. Learn more>>

Poverty Simulation: Meet ALICE

Our custom project list has other unique experiences. United Way will facilitate a “Meet ALICE” poverty simulation exercise for your employees. A popular choice, the two to three hour exercise is a great way to learn more about hard working families who struggle every day. The simulation offers participants a realistic approach to walking in an Alice family’s shoes by simulating one month of poverty. Following the exercise, participants will share feedback about their experience during a debriefing session.  Learn more>>

Individual Opportunities


In addition to group opportunities, there are several individual community-service options available. Options include reading to 4-year-oldsmentoring middle-school studentshelping file taxes, assisting with financial education workshops and much more.

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 classic children’s 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 ReadingPalsSign up>>

Mentor an At-Risk Student

Achievers For Life (AFL) is a research-based dropout prevention strategy that provides support, including mentors, to sixth grade students at risk of failing academically. AFL mentors meet with their students one hour each week during the school year to tutor, set goals and engage the child in conversation. Learn more about Achievers For Life. Sign up>>

RealSense Tax Preparer

RealSense tax preparers will be trained on limited tax law and certified to prepare taxes via a computer-based program. There are three different tax preparer opportunities:

  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) serves families whose household income does not exceed $66,000.
  • AARP Tax-Aide: Tax-Aide sites serve all low-to-middle income families but can serve those with incomes
    above $66,000.
  • Benefit Bank Counselor: prepare simple tax returns and assist clients with applying online for certain
    public benefits.

Learn more>>

RealSense Client Greeter at Tax Sites

This person greets taxpayers as they enter a free tax-preparation site. Their tasks: greet taxpayers and sign them in, review taxpayers’ paperwork to make certain they have all necessary documents and keep the waiting room running smoothly. This position is also responsible for administering assessment tools to help determine what additional financial services taxpayers might find helpful and how to access them. Learn more>>

RealSense Financial Educator

Financial educators teach free financial workshops for Northeast Florida residents interested in learning how to better manage their wealth and assets. Workshops are based on a variety of non-commercial curricula, including FDIC Money Smart. Learn more>>

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>>

Community Impact Fund Investment Volunteer

United Way donors are needed to help allocate funds to programs successfully addressing youth success, financial stability, health and basic needs in Northeast Florida. The time commitment is 40 to 50 hours concentrated during the months of September through November and March through May. Sign up>>

Signature Events


Whether with a group or on your own, United Way and partners collaborate on a number of annual large-scale signature events.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with Wells Fargo and WJXT Channel 4


National Volunteer Week


Achievers For Life Celebration

June 21

United Way Day of Action

July – August

Stuff the Bus with First Coast News


Hometown Huddle with the Jaguars

November – December

Holiday gift and food drives

 Get notified to volunteer for an upcoming signature event.