Every day, all across our area, United Way volunteers are working to lift up our neighbors and our entire community. We have opportunities for individuals, community groups, and our corporate partners to give back and volunteer throughout the year.   

Throughout the year, United Way of Greater Houston invites the entire community to join us for volunteer projects. You can participate as an individual, family, with your church or civic organization, or get your company involved. See the calendar below for our upcoming opportunities. We hope to see you at one!

United Way of Greater Houston Community Volunteer events are open to the public and free of charge, but a donation to United Way can help to support United Way's work and impact in the community. 

To receive up to date information about United Way Community Events, join our volunteer mailing list. Sign up here. 


Virtual Opportunities 

COVID-19 Notes of Encouragement 

Send a note of encouragement to a neighbor in need!  Through United Way of Greater Houston’s online portal, you can send a note to a health care workers, essential staff, like grocery store worker or delivery person ensuring we have our basic needs supplies, a homebound senior, or a family currently living in a shelter. Visit our virtual project page for more information and to participate! 

Virtual Opportunities with United Way Agencies 

Many United Way of Greater Houston partner agencies have ways for individuals to volunteer virtually with their programs. Check out the opportunities and see if one is right for you! 

Our Community Investment process is led by a diverse pool of more than 200 volunteers from across our community. Volunteers ensure the sound investment of funds entrusted to us by studying all of the services United Way invests in, evaluating each service, and making investment recommendations, which are approved by United Way’s Board of Trustees. These trained volunteers measure program investments against quality standards, make site visits, study issues and complete a comprehensive review process to help United Way direct investments to the very best services across our community.  

In addition to the Community Investment Process, volunteers can participate in an annual review of the financial health and governance of United Way partner agencies to ensure stewardship of donor dollars. Volunteers for this opportunity must have a financial background. 

The next opportunity to volunteer with the United Way of Greater Houston Community Investment process will be in late 2021. If you are interested in receiving more information during the recruitment periods for Community Investment and Stewardship volunteer opportunities, sign up here.

United Way of Greater Houston works with corporate philanthropic partners who actively run United Way campaigns to plan custom volunteer engagement experiences for their employees. 

 Last year, more than 12,000 volunteers gave their time and talent to better our community through more than 360 United Way Day of Caring events. Volunteers saw firsthand how their support of United Way makes a difference as they delivered meals to home-bound seniors; hosted field days for children; painted and made repairs; mulched flower beds and readied gardens for planting. 


  • Service To Go full-service projects 
  • Do-It-Yourself kit projects and supply drives 
  • Community based projects at United Way partner agencies (currently limited by availability and public health conditions) 

If you are a United Way corporate partner and are interesting in participating in the Day of Caring program or other volunteer opportunities, please contact your Donor Relations staff member or the Volunteer Engagement team at DaysofCaring@unitedwayhouston.org

If your company does not have a partnership with United Way of Greater Houston, we invite you to join us for our community events, listed at the top of this page. You may also contact the Volunteer Engagement team at DaysofCaring@unitedwayhouston.org for partnership opportunities.   

Interested in hearing about upcoming volunteer projects?