A group of volunteers in a library
Making a difference through gifts of time and talent


No organization is better equipped than United Way to connect volunteers to the needs in South Hampton Roads. We’ve been working to help people in our communities for nearly 100 years and we partner with more than 180 different nonprofits throughout the region. We have the capability and the capacity to connect you to countless volunteer opportunities so you can invest your time and talent in something you’re passionate about.


  • September 20: Day of Caring
  • December: Holiday Extravaganza

  • If you are interested in learning more or participating in one of these events, please email volunteer@unitedwayshr.org. If you are interested in joining our volunteer database to be alerted about upcoming events or opportunities, complete the form linked below.
Volunteers painting
Women United Way Volunteers making food


Looking for ways to engage and retain staff while giving back to the community? Whether you’re looking for unique, rewarding team-building opportunities, business-to-business networking or a great fit for your corporate social responsibility platform, United Way can meet your company’s needs. Our volunteer engagement staff will help craft a custom volunteer experience that will be fun, and most importantly, something of consequence. Examples include:
  • Hosting a site visit for students to learn more about your industry
  • Assembling kits of schools supplies or hygiene items
  • Planning an appreciation day for teachers at a low-income school
  • Reading to children at local schools
  • Hosting a food or household items drive


On Friday, September 15th 2023, we had over 800 volunteers come together to complete over 50 projects at nonprofits across South Hampton Roads. Thanks to all who made Day of Caring such a success! Get ready for our next Day of Caring in September, 2024 .


We are always looking for experienced, passionate professionals with varying skills to join on boards and committees. You’ll put your talents to great use while creating connections with other community leaders, building skills, and learning more about United Way and our local community.
If you are interested in learning more about any these opportunities, please contact our Director of Volunteerism at volunteer@unitedwayshr.org