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There’s more than one way to LIVE UNITED, and one of the easiest ways is through volunteering.  Whether you’re a non-profit looking for volunteers, an individual looking for opportunities or a corporate group looking to give back to the community, the United Way of Central New York Volunteer Center is here to serve you.

For individuals

To search for a volunteer opportunity, visit and create a free account.  With, you can find an opportunity that matches your skills, interests and availability.  You can also track and manage your volunteer hours, provide feedback on your volunteer experience, and find out about special volunteer events and awards.  New opportunities are added all the time, so be sure to check back frequently.

For businesses

Starting an employee volunteer program

The United Way of Central New York Volunteer Center can help your company get its employee volunteer program off the ground, whether you need help getting management support, providing employees with volunteer opportunities, recording hours, or recognizing your volunteers.  We can provide you with handy resources through our affiliation with the Points of Light Institute and help you figure out a program that works best for your organization.

Days of Caring

If you want to coordinate a large-scale volunteer day with your organization’s employees, give us a call or fill out this form.  We’ll walk you through the process beginning to end, from choosing a project and coordinating volunteers to evaluating the end result.  Please allow 60-90 days of advance planning.

Corporate Volunteer Council

If you want to continue developing your Employee Volunteer Program and help your company stay actively engaged in the community, consider joining the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC).  The CVC is a coalition of businesses, organizations and associations that recognize the importance of volunteerism in our community.  The CVC functions as a partner of United Way of Central New York, operating independently but receiving support from United Way.  The CVC can provide professional guidance, development, support and networking opportunities for members while addressing community needs through employee volunteer efforts.  CVC is your company’s connection to the community! Visit the CVC here.


For agencies


To get volunteers in your door, we’ll get the word out—online, in the paper, over the phone, or in person.  Want proof?  The Volunteer Center raised $1,102,309.04 in volunteer time in 2016—that’s 39,284 hours of service!


Volunteer managers have a rewarding job—but also a demanding one!  We can provide resources on designing volunteer positions, creating a volunteer application process, volunteer retention, and working with youth, seniors or skilled volunteers.


Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding volunteer at your agency?  Nominate them for the Exceptional Community Volunteer Award!  Given out twice a year, the Exceptional Community Volunteer Award seeks to recognize and celebrate the work of a volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Fill out the nomination form here or contact us for more details.