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We rely on dedicated and motivated volunteers to support our work. Whether you are interested in distributing school supplies to young learners or helping families with their taxes, we have volunteer openings year-round that will help you feel more connected to your neighbors and your community. View a calendar of all upcoming volunteer opportunities.

2022 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are a perfect opportunity to give the gift of your time to organizations that need an extra hand. We’ve compiled a list of volunteer opportunities from United Way partner agencies around the region that will allow you to give back while supporting the front-line organizations who have been helping our community this year.

Lights of Love is a program designed to bring warmth and light to neighbors who might otherwise feel forgotten. Last year, generous donors and friends helped brighten the holidays for over 150 children, adults, seniors and families.

Jewish Family Services (JFS) has a menorah in the foyer of the Weinstein JCC through December 5. There are paper flames hung around the menorah with initials, age/age group, wish list items and instructions on the back for the shopper.

Please feel free to stop by the JCC to adopt a flame. Once you select your flame, have fun shopping and then return the purchased items unwrapped in a large gift bag by December 5.

If you need assistance with adopting a flame, please contact Teresa Baldwin at 804-349-0742 or tbaldwin@jfsrichmond.org

Join us in sharing joy, belonging, warmth and love this winter by signing up to volunteer for Support-A-Family, our holiday gifting program! We are looking for volunteers to help us greet givers and receivers for drop-off and pick-up at the YWCA building downtown. We have opportunities available December 5-9 and December 12-16. You can sign up at this link or email Sam Burns for more information: sburns@ywcarichmond.org

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and Housing Families First (HFF) could use your help! Their goal is to provide each child in HFF programs with new pajamas, a new coat, a filled stocking, and an item from their wish list valuing $50 this year. They would also like to provide each family in the shelter with a tabletop tree to make their own space festive, and a New Traditions game night box! If you would like to sponsor the wishes of a child facing homelessness this holiday season, please sign up using this link.

Jewish Family Services (JFS) will be hosting a wrapping Party at their office on December 14, 4:00-6:30 p.m. If interested in participation, please contact Teresa Baldwin at 804-349-0742 or tbaldwin@jfsrichmond.org


Come volunteer in the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Fawn Shop! Volunteers will supervise children as they shop for gifts for their family members. Each child will enter will a set amount of “fawn bucks” with which they can purchase items in the Fawn Shop. Volunteers will help them pick gifts out. This is part of our Legendary Santa program for the holiday season!

Volunteers are required to attend a virtual 10-minute orientation and, if over 18, pass a background check. Click here to learn more and register for a shift!

If you have any questions, please contact Allie Meagher, Volunteer & Communications Manager at the Children’s Museum of Richmond: ameagher@cmorva.org or 804-474-7022

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Housing Families First (HFF) is inviting you to participate in their holiday meal kit drive! Help provide their community clients with special holiday meals they can prepare at home. Details are listed here. Thanks in advance for spreading holiday joy to families in HFF programs!

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Housing Families First’s (HFF) evening supper program welcomes volunteers into their shelter! Sign up here to bring dinner to the families in their shelter program. At this time, HFF is gratefully accepting both drop-off dinners and stay-and-serve dinners.

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Donate gift cards to Housing Families First (HFF) for families moving to permanent housing!

Gift cards can be mailed to the shelter or emailed to Julie@housingfamiliesfirst.org.

  • Amazon, Target, Walmart and Visa gift cards are helpful with moving expenses!
  • Grocery store gift cards are helpful to stock fridges and pantries!
  • Gas gift cards are helpful for transportation support for rental viewings, application submissions, and employment!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Strengthening Skills for Career Success January 10, 2023-January 31, 2023
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Strengthening Skills for Career Success January 25, 2023-February 22, 2023
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Book Donation Pick-Up January 26, 2023 – 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
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Little Free Library Restock March 2, 2023 – 11:30 am-1:30 pm
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Spring Literacy Kit Delivery March 29, 2023 – 10:00 am-12:30 pm
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“When I volunteered with united way, I felt I was really empowering someone to have a better life. It was a great way for me to give back because of how much people have helped me when I’ve needed it.”

Bill Lund, Lyneer Staffing Solutions

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There are so many great opportunities – large, small and in-between – for you to help make your community a better place through United Way. Please contact us today, and we can help you get started.