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Volunteer at United Way

Welcome Volunteers!

Volunteers are an important part of our work

We all know volunteering is a good idea, but did you know there are many proven benefits to volunteering?

Volunteering…

  • Builds stronger communities

  • Helps us explore career opportunities

  • Gives us a sense of satisfaction and purpose

Volunteering with United Way

At United Way, we are the hand-raisers. We are the stop-talking, start-doing, band-together workers who believe in breaking down the silos and working together. Being a United Way volunteer means you are committed to living united in a way that works for your schedule. Life is busy, and we want to make your volunteer life rich and meaningful! Explore what we have to offer and get started today! 

Children's Book Drive 2020

zLow income kids in the Treasure Valley need booksUnited Way of Treasure Valley is getting ready for a big event and your help is needed! The 6th annual Children's Book Drive kicks off Saturday, March 28th.
 
Nearly 40% of Idaho residents live at or below the poverty line and one of the ways out of poverty is education. United Way knows that education starts at home with books, so we are focused on getting books into the hands of every low-income child in the Treasure Valley. The United Way is aiming for 100,000 donations of new or gently used children's books this year.
 
The Children’s Book Drive will run from March 28th through Friday, April 3. New or gently used children's books will be accepted at any area Albertsons location. A list of other drop off locations can be found here. Volunteers are also needed for the United Way Book Bash where donations are cleaned, sorted, and distributed. That's set for April 7-9th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, click here to sign-up to volunteer.
 
 
 

Women United

United Way of Treasure Valley’s women’s group, Women United, includes women leaders of all ages, dedicated to helping children learn and increase childhood literacy rates in the Treasure Valley. Women United members take part in unique volunteering activities and high-level networking, engaging some of the valley’s most influential leaders. Learn more.

Corporate Volunteer Spotlight

Ameriben

In 2019, a company called Ameriben got wind of our United Way of Treasure Valley Children's Book Drive and really wanted to get involved! They collected books for weeks leading up to the big event and brought us a whole slew of them which then got sorted, cleaned, and distributed to Treasure Valley kiddos. For the following year, Ameriben kept in touch with us, seeking out more volunteer opportunities. They ended up with a large crew of people who wanted to assist with our Holiday Helper event, and about 20 members of their volunteer team came to help! For hours they lent their hands, hearts, and talents, helping us create a total of 2,500 care packages for homeless students and had an incredible time. Seeing the need in our valley was deeply impactful for them and United Way of Treasure Valley is so happy to have this generous team of people on our side to help lift kids and families in the coming year. It really does take a community! 

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet the fabulous volunteers at United Way.

Jet Hood

Jet Hood, Volunteer extraordinaire and Campaign Cabinet member

If you're involved at all with United Way, you know this amazing lady. She's been giving back to us for years, is part of Women United, has been a total leader and rockstar at our various volunteer activities, and is just an all around wonderful person. We're so happy to have Jet Hood on our United Way Campaign Cabinet!

Tell us about being on the Campaign Cabinet. What motivated you to want to get involved?
I’m a big fan of the work the United Way does to help children and families overcome barriers to their success. I want to use my knowledge and experience to help build awareness across the Treasure Valley about how gifts to the United Way will lead to a healthier and stronger community.
 
There are so many ways to give back and be involved with charitable organizations. Why do you choose United Way?
The United Way has the big picture; an umbrella view of the community needs and community resources already working to address those needs. The United Way uses convening power, oversight, and planning to ensure resources are efficiently deployed, are not redundant, and are aligned to the biggest opportunities. I want to be a part of that.
 
Tell us a little about your role with your organization and what you do!
I am recently retired, so I do not have the direct sphere of influence that many employed executives have. I hope to be an available and ready resource to those on the cabinet to help them further the reach of the United Way campaign
 
What are you doing when you’re not working your tail off at your place of employment or for United Way?
I enjoy travelling to see family in Montana and Scotland and friends across the West. I enjoy learning about the world through books and travel. My fitness routing includes lots of dancing.