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:
PARTIES & SOCIAL GATHERINGS
FULL-SERVICE OPTIONS: Starting at $500
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: Starting at $100
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CARDS FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS
BOOKMARKS FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS
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.