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United Way of Greater Portland connects individuals, families, groups, and workplaces to fun, productive, and meaningful opportunities to give time and talents to advance the education, financial stability, and health of our communities.

2,677 volunteers donated 18,292 hours in 2017 to help United Way achieve sustainable community change

United Way of Greater Portland can connect you with one-time opportunities and events that help our community, tools for hosting a collection of needed items, as well as ongoing and regularly scheduled opportunities that support long-lasting change and Thrive2027 goals. You can choose what moves you!

Below are a few examples of how you can help!


Our Volunteer Reader Series is an opportunity for engagement with children and supports Thrive2027’s efforts to ensure all kids are reading at grade level by 3rd grade. The opportunities below will take place in Westbrook Elementary Schools:

Read Across America
Saccarappa – Friday, February 28, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – All Grades
Canal – Monday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Congin – Monday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Financial Literacy Month
Canal, Congin, and Saccarappa – Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Volunteers will have kits with a book and lead an activity with students.

Day of Action
Thursday, May 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Training and reading in classrooms followed by a hands-on project.

June Read-Aloud
Saccarappa and Congin – Mid-June, date TBD, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Canal – Mid-June, date TBD, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

If you are interested in reading, but the scheduled dates above do not work for you, let us know. Schools are flexible, and we can try to work something out that will fit your schedule. FMI and to register email volunteer@unitedwaygp.org.


Join an incredible volunteer team and participate in a national SHIP/SMP effort to educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers,
and the general public about healthcare, fraud, errors and abuse. Volunteers must successfully complete SHIP Online Certification Counselor
Exam and attend the three-day Basic Medicare Trainings on 4/29, 5/1, 5/6 from 9:00AM-2:30PM. FMI visit http://volunteer.unitedwaygp.org/need/detail/?need_id=492887.


CA$H Greater Portland (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Opportunity Guides assist tax site clients with the intake process, discuss financial goals and challenges, and provide information about local programs and services to help increase their financial stability. Opportunity Guide volunteers receive orientation and training, as well as meals during shifts. Volunteers commit to serve for a minimum of four shifts during the tax season (late January – April). Shifts at our central site in Portland are from 5 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 8:30 a.m. – 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more about this opportunity to help people access valuable resources, please email Kerrie Keller, kkeller@unitedwaygp.org.