April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021

Volunteer Week 2021

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 Opportunities

Thank you for your consideration in participation with this year’s Volunteer Week! With COVID-19 still impacting our community, we know this year’s Volunteer Week will be different from years past. Nonetheless, we are looking forward to a week of volunteerism throughout the community.

Please note, masks and social distancing will be required at any in-person volunteer activity. 

VOLUNTEER WITH US

  1. Monday, April 19

    Salvation Army Family Store Assistance

    The Family Store meets a variety of community needs, including helping many families and individuals achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist with special projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the sales floor, sorting, pulling and cleaning.

    2 hour (minimum) shift, can be scheduled between 9am - 5pm

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    Grow the MRC Virtual Library

    Help United Way of the Midlands Midlands Reading Consortium build a virtual library for our students. Volunteers will come to United Way to record their read-aloud. United Way will provide your books and will (keeping in mind social distance) assist with the recording. 

    1 hour shift, can be scheduled between 10 am - 3pm

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    Deliver Meals on Wheels with Senior Resources

    Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.

    Join us for contactless delivery to clients! Volunteers are needed to help deliver hot meals to recipients throughout Richland County. 

    Route pickup is from 10:45 -11:45 am. Deliveries should take no longer than an hour. 

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    Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Refresh

    Help refresh the Teen Room at the Norman Arnold location. Once that's complete, we'll work on refreshing the gardens behind the facility. Supplies will be provided, but please also bring your own. 

    Full

    Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Virtual Volunteers will be connected with a 5th grade classroom at Meadowfield Elementary to speak on their career: JA Career Speakers Series | Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina 45 minutes in length. 

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  2. Tuesday, April 20

    Salvation Army Family Store Assistance

    The Family Store meets a variety of community needs, including helping many families and individuals achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist with special projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the sales floor, sorting, pulling and cleaning.

    2 hour (minimum) shift, can be scheduled between 9am - 5pm

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    Grow the MRC Virtual Library 

    Help United Way of the Midlands Midlands Reading Consortium build a virtual library for our students. Volunteers will come to United Way to record their read-aloud. United Way will provide your books and will (keeping in mind social distance) assist with the recording. 

    1 hour shift, can be scheduled between 10am - 3pm

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    Be a Book Bunny with the Young Leaders Society

    Help the Young Leaders Society (YLS) stuff literacy totes for students that have participated in the Midlands Reading Consortium program this school year. 

    2 hour shift, 9am - 11am

    Full

    Palmetto Conservation Conservation Palmetto Trail Clean Up

    Join Palmetto Conservation Foundation and help clean the Fort Jackson Passage on the Palmetto Trail. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 

    3.5 hour shift, 9:30 am - noon

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    Deliver Meals on Wheels with Senior Resources

    Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.

    Join us for contactless delivery to clients! Volunteers are needed to help deliver hot meals to recipients throughout Richland County. 

    Route pickup is from 10:45 -11:45 am. Deliveries should take no longer than an hour. 

    Volunteer

    Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Refresh

    Help refresh the Teen Room at the Norman Arnold location. Once that's complete, we'll work on refreshing the gardens behind the facility. Supplies will be provided, but please also bring your own. 

    Shift Full

    Gardening with Communities in Schools

    Join Communities in Schools at Sandel Elementary School for gardening and light yard work. Work outside on student garden; gardening/yard work, clearing flower beds, pulling weeds, raking, planting, etc.

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    Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Virtual Volunteers will be connected with a 5th grade classroom at Meadowfield Elementary to speak on their career: JA Career Speakers Series | Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina 45 minutes in length. 

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  3. Wednesday, April 21

    Spring Cleaning at Transitions

    Volunteers will be working outside to help clean our breezeways.

    4 hour shift, 3 - 7pm

    Shift Full

    Salvation Army Family Store Assistance

    The Family Store meets a variety of community needs, including helping many families and individuals achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist with special projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the sales floor, sorting, pulling and cleaning.

    2 hour (minimum) shift, can be scheduled between 9am - 5pm

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    Grow the MRC Virtual Library 

    Help United Way of the Midlands Midlands Reading Consortium build a virtual library for our students. Volunteers will come to United Way to record their read-aloud. United Way will provide your books and will (keeping in mind social distance) assist with the recording. 

    1 hour shift, can be scheduled between 10am - 3pm

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    Palmetto Conservation Conservation Palmetto Trail Clean Up

    Join Palmetto Conservation Foundation and help clean the Fort Jackson Passage on the Palmetto Trail. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 

    3.5 hour shift, 9:30 am - noon

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    Deliver Meals on Wheels with Senior Resources

    Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.

    Join us for contactless delivery to clients! Volunteers are needed to help deliver hot meals to recipients throughout Richland County. 

    Route pickup is from 10:45 -11:45 am. Deliveries should take no longer than an hour. 

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    Gardening with Communities in Schools

    Join Communities in Schools at Sandel Elementary School for gardening and light yard work. Work outside on student garden; gardening/yard work, clearing flower beds, pulling weeds, raking, planting, etc.

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    Virtual Guest Reading with Boys and Girls Club *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Join Boys and Girls Club at their Newberry location for a virtual guest reading opportunity to 10 K-5th grade students. Prior to guest reading, we'll give you a quick orientation. Books will also be provided. 

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    Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Virtual Volunteers will be connected with a 5th grade classroom at Meadowfield Elementary to speak on their career: JA Career Speakers Series | Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina 45 minutes in length. 

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  4. Thursday, April 22

    Spring Cleaning at Transitions

    Volunteers will be working outside to help clean our breezeways.

    4 hour shift, 3 - 7pm

    Shift Full

    Salvation Army Family Store Assistance

    The Family Store meets a variety of community needs, including helping many families and individuals achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist with special projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the sales floor, sorting, pulling and cleaning.

    2 hour (minimum) shift, can be scheduled between 9am - 5pm

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    Grow the MRC Virtual Library 

    Help United Way of the Midlands Midlands Reading Consortium build a virtual library for our students. Volunteers will come to United Way to record their read-aloud. United Way will provide your books and will (keeping in mind social distance) assist with the recording. 

    1 hour shift, can be scheduled between 10am - 3pm

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    Be a Book Bunny with the Young Leaders Society

    Help the Young Leaders Society (YLS) stuff literacy totes for students that have participated in the Midlands Reading Consortium program this school year. 

    2 hour shift, 9am - 11am

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    Meals on Wheels with Women in Philanthropy

    Volunteers are needed for meal pick up and delivery with Meals on Wheels. Pick up time is 11:30 am and deliveries will take about an hour. Senior Resources is now offering contactless pick-up and delivery.  This means you will not have to come into direct contact with the clients nor do you need to exit your vehicle to pick up the meals. They offer a brief orientation that can be completed prior to your delivery or on the same day.

    1 hour shift; 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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    Deliver Meals on Wheels with Senior Resources

    Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.

    Join us for contactless delivery to clients! Volunteers are needed to help deliver hot meals to recipients throughout Richland County. 

    Route pickup is from 10:45 -11:45 am. Deliveries should take no longer than an hour. 

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    Gardening with Communities in Schools

    Join Communities in Schools at Sandel Elementary School for gardening and light yard work. Work outside on student garden; gardening/yard work, clearing flower beds, pulling weeds, raking, planting, etc.

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    Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Virtual Volunteers will be connected with a 5th grade classroom at Meadowfield Elementary to speak on their career: JA Career Speakers Series | Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina 45 minutes in length. 

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  5. Friday, April 23

    Salvation Army Family Store Assistance

    The Family Store meets a variety of community needs, including helping many families and individuals achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist with special projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the sales floor, sorting, pulling and cleaning.

    2 hour (minimum) shift, can be scheduled between 9am - 5pm

    Volunteer

    Grow the MRC Virtual Library 

    Help United Way of the Midlands Midlands Reading Consortium build a virtual library for our students. Volunteers will come to United Way to record their read-aloud. United Way will provide your books and will (keeping in mind social distance) assist with the recording. 

    1 hour shift, can be scheduled between 10am - 3pm

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    Harvest Hope Sort and Prep

    Help sort and prepare food items to be distributed at the Harvest Hope Emergency Food Pantry. 

    2.5 hour shift, 11 am - 1:30 pm

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    Painting at Palmetto Place

    The Administrative Office of Palmetto Place Children & Youth Services needs painting! The former storage shed was recently renovated to include a space for offices. 

    Address will be provided to participants before project start.

    Shift Full

    Deliver Meals on Wheels with Senior Resources

    Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.

    Join us for contactless delivery to clients! Volunteers are needed to help deliver hot meals to recipients throughout Richland County. 

    Route pickup is from 10:45 -11:45 am. Deliveries should take no longer than an hour. 

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    St. Lawrence Place Spring Cleaning

    Volunteers will help with various outdoor cleaning/grounds tasks such as pressure washing, weeding, and hedge trimming on the St. Lawrence Place campus, Homeless No More’s transitional housing community. 

    9am - noon, 6 volunteers needed

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    Gardening with Communities in Schools

    Join Communities in Schools at Pine Ridge Middle School for gardening and light yard work. Work outside on student garden; gardening/yard work, clearing flower beds, pulling weeds, raking, planting, etc.

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    Gardening with Communities in Schools

    Join Communities in Schools at Sandel Elementary School for gardening and light yard work. Work outside on student garden; gardening/yard work, clearing flower beds, pulling weeds, raking, planting, etc.

    Volunteer

    Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Virtual Volunteers will be connected with a 5th grade classroom at Meadowfield Elementary to speak on their career: JA Career Speakers Series | Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina 45 minutes in length. 

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    Virtual Guest Reading in Newberry *Virtual Volunteer Opportunity*

    Join Boys and Girls Club at their Newberry location for a virtual guest reading opportunity to 44 K-5th grade students. Prior to guest reading, we'll give you a quick orientation. Books will also be provided. 

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  6. Saturday, April 24

    Salvation Army Family Store Assistance

    The Family Store meets a variety of community needs, including helping many families and individuals achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist with special projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the sales floor, sorting, pulling and cleaning.

    2 hour (minimum) shift, can be scheduled between 9am - 5pm

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    Changemaker Challenge with Youth Volunteer Corps  - Virtual Youth Project

    Join Youth Volunteer Corps as we partner with Student Rebuild in the Changemaker Challenge. We will be identifying and honoring local heroes in the community in a virtual environment using creativity and online art tools. 

    Open to youth ages 11-18! Zoom link will be sent out to registrants prior to event. 

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Other ways to volunteer throughout the week:

Can't volunteer this week? Visit our volunteer portal and find a project that works for your schedule. 

 

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

Lift up an educator

Help us thank our educators by writing an encouraging note or card. Simply drop off your note at United Way of the Midlands during business hours or drop it in the mail. We'll take care of distributing your encouragement to our educators.

Deliver or mail your note to:
United Way of the Midlands
attn: Volunteer Week
1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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Celebrate Volunteers

Join us in recognizing volunteers who have gone above and beyond in our community in 2020! Annually, United Way of the Midlands celebrates wonderful and dedicated volunteers in our community. This year’s celebration looks very different than we’re used to, but we are so glad to recognize individuals who have made volunteering a part of the fabric of their lives.

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

COVID-19 Precautions

It is important for our volunteers and community organizations that we take all precautions when volunteering. If you are feeling sick, displaying any symptoms of illness or think you may have come in contact with the virus, please stay at home and consider ways to volunteer virtually. 

Please practice universal infection control precautions. 

-Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
-Avoid physical contact with others and maintain a social distance of 6 feet. 
-Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow or tissue. 
-If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
-Allow for extra time for additional screening from volunteer organizations or agencies to make sure you are cleared to volunteer for the task 

While we are going through this unusual time, please understand that shifts or opportunities may be adjusted. We apologize for any inconveniences but ask for your understanding.  

 

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Help Change Lives in the Midlands

Giving to United Way is a great way to support multiple causes with one click, knowing that your money will stay right here in the community.

What's Next?

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

Volunteer Center Sponsors