VolunteerING To Go

The projects come to you!

The Volunteer Center at Heart of West Michigan United Way makes volunteering with your coworkers, friends, or family easy with Volunteering to Go!

Volunteering to Go is a completely turn-key volunteering solution for your team, designed around your budget. We package fun, creative ways to engage your friends and colleagues and benefit a deserving nonprofit program near you.

The Volunteer Center provides you with all necessary supplies and instructions. Once the project is complete, we’ll distribute the items to a program that will put them to good use.

VOLUNTEERING TO GO IS GREAT FOR:

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COMPANY EVENTS

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PARTIES & SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHERS


FULL-SERVICE OPTIONS

Cleaning Supplies – Make all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent for area veterans and families transitioning to permanent housing.

Fleece Hats – Create winter hats to help community members stay warm during our long Michigan winters.

Literacy Kits – Assemble literacy kits to support young readers and parents.

STEM Coding Kits – Create kits that build STEM skills in young learners.

LIMITED-SERVICE OPTIONS

Cards for Homebound Seniors – Decorate greeting cards to express kindness to an area senior.

Toys for Dogs in Shelter – Make toys for our furry friends living in local animal shelters.

Bookmarks for Youth Programs – Add a personal touch to bookmarks that encourage daily childhood reading.

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PROJECT DETAILS

Full-Service Options

For full-service opportunities, United Way manages all logistics from start to finish including the ordering, shipping and set-up of all needed supplies. This includes coordinating an agency speaker and managing delivery of all packed kits. United Way is on site at the event to welcome the group, help manage the project and assist with clean-up.

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CLEANING SUPPLIES

Engage your team in a fun and meaningful volunteer project from wherever you are! Cleaning supplies support area veterans and families transitioning to permanent and stable housing. These are essential items to help keep us and our homes safe and clean, but the expense can also be a burden.

The Impact: Poverty is complex and personal. As area families navigate the stressful journey from homelessness to permanent, stable housing, avoiding the cost burden of some home essentials can be a big help. Each all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent will go to a veteran or family living in financial insecurity.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org

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FLEECE HATS

Engage your team in a fun and meaningful volunteer project from wherever you are! These no-sew fleece hats help community members to stay warm during our long Michigan winters.

The Impact: Michigan winters are tough for anyone, but even more so for individuals and families living in financial insecurity. Each hat goes to an individual being served by one of our community partners.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org

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LITERACY KITS

Engage your team in a fun and meaningful volunteer project from wherever you are! Literacy kits guide young learners through activities to strengthen their reading skills and build social-emotional skills.

The Impact: Based on the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, 1 in 6 children who were not reading proficiently in third grade did not graduate from high school on time. For children who were poor for at least a year and were not reading proficiently in third grade, the proportion that did not finish high school was 26 percent. Each literacy kit will go to a young learner, ages 3-6, from one of our family-serving community partners. They will include an age-appropriate book, two activities, a bookmark, and a daily reading tracker.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org

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STEM CODING KITS

Engage your team in a fun and meaningful volunteer project from wherever you are! The STEM Coding Kit project brings volunteers together to create learning activities for area students.

The Impact: When students build STEM skills early, they are more likely to do well in subjects like math and science. STEM skills are becoming increasingly important as young adults seek career opportunities and enter the workforce. These kits will walk children and teachers or parents through the binary alphabet and basic computer coding.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org

Limited-Service Options

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CARDS FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS

Many seniors United Way programs serve struggle to leave their homes. This can limit their social interaction. Your team can help brighten a senior’s day by decorating greeting cards.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org

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DOG TOYS

You can provide fun, exercise, and interaction for dogs in local animal shelters by making dog toys with your friends and coworkers.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org

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BOOKMARKS FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS

Daily reading is crucial to children’s academic achievement. You can encourage elementary schoolers to pursue reading by adding your personal touch to bookmarks.

Fill out the Project Interest Form or contact Katelyn Kovalik via email, kkovalik@hwmuw.org


Custom Projects

Have a cause you want to design a project around? The Volunteer Center can help! Our staff can work with your team to identify causes of interest and current needs in the community. We will develop a project and manage all logistics from start to finish.


PROJECT INTEREST FORM

Contact Information
Contact Name *
Contact Name
Billing Address *
Billing Address
Project Details
Check all projects that your team is interested in.
Full-Service Project Selection
Limited-Service Project Selection
Note: At least 30 days’ notice is required for all full-service projects and 7 days’ notice for limited-service projects
Is this part of a special event? *
Do you have space available for the project? *
(e.g. cafeteria, conference room, gym, etc.)
Number of items you would like to create: *
50 item minimum.
Must be a multiple of 50.
Heart of West Michigan United Way works with dozens of local community organizations, schools, and nonprofit agencies to ensure that your completed items go to those experiencing the greatest immediate need.
Would members of your staff want to personally deliver the completed kits to the agency? *
If not, United Way will deliver on your behalf.
Electronic Signature *
Electronic Signature
Terms *

Questions? Contact Katelyn Kovalik.