Every day, all across our area, United Way volunteers are working to lift up our neighbors and our entire community.
Virtual and Remote Opportunities
United Way volunteers love to help their neighbors. Even while we are staying home to keep the community safe, there are ways that you can give back!
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 healthcare workers, essential staff like grocery store worker or delivery person ensuring we have our basic needs supplies, or a homebound senior or family currently living in a shelter. Visit our virtual project page for more information and to participate!
Here are some projects that you and your family can do at home.
Participate in a “Card Shower”
Many individuals and families are currently “quarantined” or isolated in senior living facilities or shelters. They are not able to see their family or leave for their own health protection. Show your neighbors that you are thinking of them and sending them joy during this difficult time. You can use pre-made greeting cards or get crafty with homemade cards. Once you have finished your cards, pick an agency or location and drop your cards in the mail:
- SEARCH Homeless- mail to Chelsea Wade, 2015 Congress Ave. Houston, TX 77002
- The Women’s Home, 607 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
- Salvation Army - mail to Carmen Zermeno, The Salvation Army, 1500 Austin St., Houston, TX 77002
We recommend keeping the cards gender neutral and avoiding religious references since the recipient could be of any faith background.
Please check back often as we are updating opportunities weekly.
Day of Caring
Last year, more than 10,000 volunteers gave their time and talent to better our community through more than 600 United Way Day of Caring projects. 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.
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.