We are the hand raisers.
United Way of Allen County believes that part of Living United means giving back to our community. A tangible way to make a positive change in Allen County is through volunteering. Get involved and make a difference by volunteering in Fort Wayne. Through our strategic volunteer opportunities portal you provide more information about you like what your skills are, how much time you have to give, and let us know a few companies that you have an affinity to and we provide you matches with opportunities to serve. Create a profile and begin your volunteer opportunities here.
Use United Way for your corporate volunteer strategy.
We offer meaningful, custom volunteer experiences for corporate groups. The size of the project, number of participants, and amount of time invested is up to you.
Drives and kits are opportunities you can utilize for team building while meeting a community barrier for residents of Allen County.
DRIVES | For drives, United Way will provide collection bins, organize and package your donations at the completion of your event, and deliver your company's contributions to those within Allen County most in need of your gift. [Drives take a minimum of three weeks to plan.]
Examples of drives: clothing | shelter needs | food | toys | outerwear | agency-specific needs
KITS | Pack kits for agencies and their clients. Your organization provides the items (or funds for United Way to provide the items), package the kits, and provides a personal message from the employee packaging the kit. United Way will ensure the complete kits go out branded with your company logo and delivers the kits to the most in need within Allen County. [Kit packaging requires a minimum of four weeks to plan.]
Select from a range of kits including: baby | hygiene | cold weather | storybook
Take your team outside company wall through out-of-office volunteer events. Opportunities can be developed to meet the skill set of your team.
DOOR HANGERS | Hang 2-1-1 resource center door hangers in neighborhoods where residents would benefit from knowing about their services. The 2-1-1 door hangers can feature your company's logo. [Door hanging events require a minimum of 4 weeks to plan.]
AGENCY VOLUNTEER EVENTS | Local agencies would love your help. If your team can plant flowers, paint walls, swing hammers, or provide any other variety of skills, then United Way can provide logistics and coordination with the agency. [Agency volunteer events require a minimum of 6 weeks to plan.]
DAY OF CARING | In 1992, about 250 volunteers gathered to help spruce up what was then the YWCA campus on North Wells Street. That event has now grown into an opportunity for thousands of volunteers to come together to make Allen County a better place to live and work. Those who roll up our sleeves and raise our hands know this event as Day of Caring.
This year, over 1,800 volunteers participated in more than 85 community service projects in the Fort Wayne area. Day of Caring projects included various tasks such as cleaning, landscaping, painting, supply drives, and general maintenance. Projects took anywhere from four to eight hours to complete and teams ranged in size from three to 200 people. The completed work was done at non-profit agencies, schools, or private residences recommended by NeighborLink.
Neighbors helping neighbors is the backbone of Day of Caring. Are you a hand raiser?
Right now, you can begin logging volunteer hours at uwacin.galaxydigital.com. Thank you, hand raisers!