April 18, 2022 - April 23, 2022

Volunteer Week 2022

Let's join forces with United Way to strengthen our community. Together, we can improve the lives of millions of people, because we are more than just fund-raisers. We are hand-raisers. Below you will find options to volunteer in-person, virtually and remotely. Join us in celebrating volunteerism in our community by giving back!

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Volunteer Week Projects

  1. All Week | April 18-23

    • #HoodiesForHope 

      • Agency: Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
      • When: All Week + 30 min session on Monday, April 18 
      • Where: See description
      • Description: Join us all week for #HoodiesForHope! Participants must have an active social media account (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok). On Monday 4/18, participants will meet outdoors for a 30-minute information session & assigned a hooded jacket and list of location clues. Each clue will lead volunteer to a location that relates to a story of our youth. Participants will post a photo of their jacket (or them wearing it) to their social media, along with certain hashtags. The individual or group that posts the jacket in the 8 correct locations will be named MVP (Most Valuable Philanteer) at the end of volunteer week.
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Thank you cards to dentists!

      • Agency: WellPartners
      • When: All Week
      • Where: Remote
      • Description: Create a note of thanks to the volunteer dentists who make United Way's WellPartners Dental Clinic run!
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    • Create beautiful, heartfelt Mother's Day Cards for foster moms! 

      • Agency: Growing Home Southeast
      • When: All Week
      • Where: Remote / Virtual
      • Description: Create a one-sided Mother's Day card with drawings and/or sayings of inspiration and thanks to Growing Home Southeast 's foster mother. Please use stock paper if possible. Card size 5 1/4 X 4 inches. Mail to Growing Home Southeast when complete. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
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  2. Monday | April 18

    • Serving Breakfast at Transitions

      • Agency: Transitions Homeless Shelter
      • When: Monday, April 18 from 6:30AM - 8:00AM
      • Where: 2025 Main Street, Columbia
      • Description: Transitions depends on volunteers to help us serve meals to our clients every day of the year. Multiple volunteers are needed for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner shift to help serve anywhere from 150 to 250 meals to our grateful clients. Meal shifts are 1.5 hours, and most volunteers typically serve a meal shift once a week or once a month, but one-time opportunities are sometimes available as well. Volunteers interested in this position are expected to wear long pants, no exposed underarms, closed-toe shoes, and a smile!  
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Junior Achievement in a Day at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary

      • Agency: Junior Achievement
      • When: Monday, April 18 from 8:00AM - 12:00PM
      • Where: Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary | 225 N Brickyard Rd., Columbia
      • Description: Join Junior Achievement's Young Professional Board in presenting JA programs to K-5th grade classes at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary (225 N Brickyard Rd Columbia, SC 29223) on Monday April 18th. Volunteers will start arriving at 8am and begin classes at 8:30. All classes will be done before 12pm. JA Volunteers receive training, materials and a detailed volunteer guide. Volunteers will complete training and required forms (digital forms will be sent to all who sign up to volunteer) prior to the volunteer day. Volunteers and JA staff will adhere to the school and school districts COVID precaution guidelines. 
      • SIGN ME UP!​​​​
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  3. Tuesday | April 19

    • Ease of a Blue Sky

      • Agency: Calhoun County First Steps
      • When: Tuesday, April 19 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM
      • Where: Calhoun County First Steps | 2831 Old Belleville Rd, St Matthews, SC 29135
      • Description: Help us redecorate a space! Volunteers are needed to paint a small room and clean up the carpet. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series: Richland Two's eSchool

      • Agency: Junior Achievement
      • When: Tuesday, April 19 from 11:45AM - 12:30PM
      • Where: Virtual
      • Description: "Junior Achievement helps to inspire students' futures. JA Career Speakers will present a 30-45 minute talk on your career, any challenges that you have seen and inspirational tips for students to succeed in their future career goals. Junior Achievement provides training and volunteer guides to help with the presentation. Digital volunteer forms will be sent to the volunteer that signs up."
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Spend the Morning with Students and Seniors BLEC

      • Agency: Always United
      • When: Tuesday, April 19 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM
      • Where: 1218 Batchelor Street, West Columbia
      • Description: Join Always United volunteers in spending the morning with students and seniors at the Brookland Lakeview Empowerment Center.  We are making mother's day cards for foster moms and playing games. The BLEC serves the communities of Richland and Lexington counties.  One of their goals is to provide a safe, inviting environment for seniors, adults, and youth to participate in physical and cultural activities that promote health and wellness.
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  4. Wednesday | April 20

    • Junior Achievement In-Person Career Speaker - 2nd Grade Arden

      • Agency: Junior Achievement
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 1:45PM - 2:25PM
      • Where: Junior Achievement | 1300 Ashley Street, Columbia
      • Description: Junior Achievement helps to inspire students' futures. JA Career Speakers will present a 30-45 minute talk on your career, any challenges that you have seen and inspirational tips for students to succeed in their future career goals. Volunteers will be provided training, materials and a detailed volunteer guide to help you present. Volunteers and JA staff will abide by the school and school district's Covid precautions. Digital volunteer forms will be provided to those that sign up to volunteer. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Family Store Clean Up!

      • Agency: Salvation Army - Columbia Corps
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM
      • Where: Salvation Army | 7532 Irmo Dr.
      • Description: We need you! Volunteers will assist in our Family Store in Irmo in loading/unloading contributed items, sorting, hanging, or moving contributed items and helping on the sales floor with rotations and cleaning. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Clothing Bank Sorting and Folding

      • Agency: Cooperative Ministry
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM
      • Where: Cooperative Ministry | 3821 W Beltline Blvd, Columbia
      • Description: The Cooperative Ministry's Clothing Bank receives donations each week, and we depend on volunteers to help us sort, fold and store that clothing for free distribution to our clients. Masks are required; we provide gloves for volunteers to use. We will have paperwork for volunteers to complete at the start of service. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Porch Painting at the Place!

      • Agency: Homeless No More
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM
      • Where: Homeless No More | 2411 Two Notch Rd, Columbia
      • Description: Grab a paintbrush! Volunteers would be painting porches at our transitional housing development, St. Lawrence Place. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Kitchen Keepers at Transitions

      • Agency: Salvation Army - Columbia Corps
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 9:00AM - 11:30AM
      • Where: Transitions | 2025 Main St, Columbia
      • Description: Volunteers are need to deeply clean the kitchen at Transitions during the time from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. It needs to be completed in a timely fashion due to meal times for the day. Transitions serves as host for staff and volunteers to utilize in serving meals to those transitioning from being homeless. 
      • SIGN ME UP!​​​
    • Be a Book Bunny stuffing party!

      • Agency: Young Leaders Society
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM
      • Where: United Way of the Midlands | 1818 Blanding St., Columbia
      • Description: Help YLS stuff literacy totes for students that have participated in the Midlands Reading Consortium program during the 2021-2022 school year. This year our goal is to distribute 1,000 totes to students to encourage their love for reading over the summer months and we can use your help. We will be stuffing totes with books and sorting by grade for students Pre-K to 2nd. This shift will be two hours; we hope you will join!
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    • Get Ready for Spring!

      • Agency: Vital Connections of the Midlands
      • When: Wednesday, April 20 from 9:00AM - 1:00PM
      • Where: Vital Connections of the Midlands (see description for three location options)
      • Description: We have three locations: campus of Columbia College, Arthurtown community off of Bluff Road and Hopkins off of Lower Richland Blvd. We need sheds cleaned out at each location. We have planters at each location that requires the soil to be removed so we can replenish in preparation of our spring planting. *if a group would like to take this project, we are flexible on the date/time!
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  5. Thursday | April 21

    • How Does Your Garden Grow?

      • Agency: Alston Wilkes Society
      • When: Thursday, April 21 from 10:00AM - 12:00PM
      • Where: Alston Wilkes Society | 401 Lawand Drive, Columbia
      • Description: The Alston Wilkes Society (AWS) is a non-profit organization committed to serving the community's most vulnerable populations. In 1962, AWS's original mission was to provide rehabilitative services to individuals who were formerly incarcerated. Since then, the organization has expanded its services to include veterans, at-risk youth, individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. The project for volunteer week is a landscaping project at the youth home entitled, "How Does Your Garden Grow?" The project is two-fold with the primary goal of beautifying the grounds by clearing the flower beds and planting flowers. The second part of the project is to build a vegetable box for the youth, to provide a hands-on learning experience from planting and growing vegetables. Materials needed include, lumber, nails, flowers, vegetable seeds, soil for two flower beds and the vegetable box, weed killer. Also needed are gloves, rakes, small hand-held shovels, and hoes. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Family Store Clean Up!

      • Agency: Salvation Army - Columbia Corps
      • When: Thursday, April 21 from 2:00PM - 5:00PM
      • Where: Family Store | 1312 N. Millwood Ave., Columbia
      • Description: We need you! Volunteers will assist in our Family Store at the Millwood Ave in loading/unloading contributed items, sorting, hanging, or moving contributed items and helping on the sales floor with rotations and cleaning. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Planting Seeds for the Harvest

      • Agency: Orangeburg Area Boys & Girls Club
      • When: Thursday, April 21 from 4:30PM - 6:30PM
      • Where: Orangeburg Area Boys & Girls Club | 1313 Cannon Bridge Rd, Cordova
      • Description: Members of the Boys & Girls Club will plant seeds in starter cups to be transplanted later in the Club's flower and vegetable garden. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
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  6. Friday | April 22

    • Family Store Clean Up!

      • Agency: Salvation Army - Columbia Corps
      • When: Friday, April 22 from 3:00PM - 5:00PM
      • Where: Family Store | 1341 Dutch Fork Rd, Irmo
      • Description: We need you! Volunteers will assist in our Family Store in Irmo in loading/unloading contributed items, sorting, hanging, or moving contributed items and helping on the sales floor with rotations and cleaning. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
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  7. Saturday | April 23

    • Beautification of Transitions!

      • Agency: Transitions Homeless Shelter
      • When: Saturday, April 23 from 10:00AM - 12:00PM
      • Where: Transitions | 2025 Main St, Columbia
      • Description: Volunteers are needed to help keep Transitions' grounds clean. We will be doing trash pick up both inside the Transitions campus and around the perimeter including the parking lot. Help can also be used maintaining the garden beds as well as beautification at the main entrance for those that have a green thumb. 
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Edisto Habitat Build Day

      • Agency: Edisto Habitat for Humanity
      • When: Saturday, April 23 from 8:30AM - 1:00PM
      • Where: Edisto Habitat for Humanity | 260 John C Calhoun Dr, Orangeburg
      • Description: Volunteers will help build a new home in Orangeburg! Drinks and lunch will be provided. Closed toed shoes are required. Waiver will be signed with safety training on site. Address provide in advance.
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Spring Sprucing with the Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

      • Agency: Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center
      • When: Saturday, April 23 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM
      • Where: Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center | 140 Gibson Road, Lexington
      • Description: The Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center is in needs of a spring spruce! Volunteers will send the morning repainting railing and replacing white vinyl latticework along a storage building.
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Hunger Heroes Providing H.O.P.E.

      • Agency: Harvest Hope Food Bank
      • When: Saturday, April 23 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM
      • Where: Harvest Hope | 2220 Shop Rd, Columbia
      • Description: Volunteers are needed to help with general sorting of donated product, as well as packing of nonperishable bags/boxes for our recipients in the backpack program, and healthy choice/mobile pantry program. We value the contributions of our volunteers as we work to transform lives and build a healthy and hopeful hunger-free tomorrow.
      • SIGN ME UP!
    • Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

      • Agency: Pathways to Healing
      • When: Saturday, April 23 from 9:30AM - 11:00AM
      • Where: 1100 Gervais St., Columbia
      • Description: Walk a Mile in Our Shoes (WAM) is the largest fundraising event for Pathways to Healing with all funds going to support PTH’s programs and services, including free counseling, legal advocacy, and hospital accompaniments for victims. It also helps fund our education programs and prevention services. This year our goal is $75,000 and 500+ attendees.
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Want another option to give back?

Support a collection drive

Make an impact by supporting donation drives organized by United Way of the Midlands. Your purchased items will be shipped directly to United. Way.

Cold Weather Drive
Young Leaders Society Be a Book Bunny
Midlands Reading Consortium School Supply and Book Drive

Celebrating Volunteers

We can't wait to celebrate the wonderfully dedicated volunteers in our community during this year's Volunteer Week! Announcements will take place during the week of April 18 - 23, 2022. Stay tuned!

Check out these past winners who made a big impact going above and beyond.

Community Impact Award Winners
LIVE UNITED Award Winners
Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award

FAQs

Have questions? Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

How does Volunteer Week work?     United Way of the Midlands collects volunteer project requests from schools and nonprofits in early winter. Projects open in early April for community volunteers to sign up to help.          Who can participate?         Organizations with a 501c3 nonprofit status are welcome to submit a project request using this link to participate in United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Week. Copy and paste link in browser: https://bit.ly/3rDFbOZ         Any company or individual can form volunteer teams and sign up for volunteer projects.         What kinds of projects take place during Volunteer Week?         There are so many different types of projects available during our Volunteer Week, including hands on project, small group projects, large group projects, virtual projects and everything in between! However, the most common type of work requested is general maintenance, cleaning, and landscaping.         How do volunteers sign up to participate?         Stay tuned to this page – on April 1st (no April Fooling here!) we’ll drop our projects. Click the link for the project(s) you’re interested in and sign up! You will need an account with our Volunteer Center to register for a project. While you’re waiting, go ahead and create one.     
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Deepen Your Engagement

Want to get plugged in after Volunteer Week? Check out our affinity groups! We offer ways to engage, donate, and serve for all ages, stages, and giving levels. Give generously, make new friends, expand your network, and help those in need.

Always United
Women in Philanthropy
Young Leaders Society

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