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Press Release: United Way Receives Over 900 Volunteer Applications in Support of City Efforts to Assist Asylum Seekers

United Way of Greater Portland announced that since the launch of its volunteer website on Friday, June 14, over 700 individuals submitted applications to volunteer to support those seeking asylum in Portland.

“The outpouring of support from the community is remarkable,” said Liz Cotter Schlax, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Portland. “We cannot thank the volunteers enough for raising their hands in support of our community.”

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Looking to help asylum seekers

Looking for ways to help asylum seekers?

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Volunteer to Support Families at the Expo Shelter

Portland has received more than 150 asylum seekers over the past few days (who started their journey from several African countries, traveled through South America, and entered through the Southern US Border). They are not yet eligible for state and federal aid. Portland family shelters have exceeded capacity. Please use this form to express interest in volunteering at the City’s temporary shelter.

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United Way of Greater Portland Recognizes 7 Outstanding Individuals and Businesses with 2019 UNITED We Thrive Awards

United Way of Greater Portland Recognizes 7 Outstanding Individuals and Businesses with 2019 UNITED We Thrive Awards On Tuesday, April 23, over 250 people gathered at the UNITED We Thrive Award Luncheon to celebrate and recognize organizations and… Read More

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United We Can Spotlight – National Volunteer Week 2019

National Volunteer Week Spotlight – Friday Finale! The week is ending (at least the business week) and we wanted to go out on this fabulous (FLASHBACK) Friday with a community focused campaign that merges some of our favorites… Read More

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PATHS Spotlight – National Volunteer Week 2019

National Volunteer Week Spotlight Day 4! Volunteering your time and expertise, even in the short-term, can help neighbors find long-term pathways to success. Yesterday Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) held a workshop featuring a trivia game… Read More

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Family Volunteer Day Spotlight – National Volunteer Week 2019

National Volunteer Week – Day 3. Family Volunteer Day Spotlight! Last November, a group of nearly 50 volunteers came out for Family Volunteer Day to create centerpieces for Wayside Food Program ’s annual Thanksgiving meal and assembled 400… Read More

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UNITED We Stand! – National Volunteer Week 2019

UNITED We Stand! At last year’s Day of Action, members of Women United volunteered at East End Community School to cleanup the school grounds and school gardens. The project and location were well aligned for Women United, an… Read More

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Volunteer Readers Spotlight – National Volunteer Week 2019

Happy National Volunteer Week! Volunteers are not only the heart of United Way of Greater Portland, they are the physical embodiment of our community at its best, helping to support long-lasting change and Thrive2027 goals. Throughout the week… Read More

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VOLUNTEER TOP PICKS OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2018

Looking for a way to meet new people while positively impacting the community where you live, work, or play? Check out the September top volunteer picks and get started today.

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