Volunteer

Volunteer Center of Northwest Louisiana

Real community change isn’t just fueled by money, programs or policies.  A lot of times, volunteers are powering the most meaningful community solutions, helping people all across that community.  Giving your time, talent or skills is no small thing. Volunteers who tackle community solutions through United Way know that it takes a bigger solution strategy to make a real difference. United Way volunteering means plugging into that bigger solution, and helping make a lasting difference that impacts many.  Across the globe, United Way volunteer efforts target education, financial stability and health, because those are cornerstones of individual and collective success.

Volunteers are at the forefront of key United Way functions in many ways. They are the tutors, mentors, budget counselors, tax preparers, and policy advocates. They are the box stuffers, gardeners, painters, greeters, movers, and many others who give freely of their time and talents to advance the education, income, and health of our communities.

Corporate Engagement & Group Volunteer Projects

United Way of Northwest Louisiana can help you and your group with volunteer projects that benefit everyone involved, while making a difference to many in need in our local communities. We work with private companies, faith-based groups and service clubs of all sizes to coordinate, schedule, facilitate, and implement a project from start to finish. Group projects are fun and provide opportunities to get to know each other better while helping others in our community.

Benefits of a Corporate Engagement Project

Company benefits:

  • Help to build brand awareness and publicity
  • Strengthen trust and loyalty among customers
  • Put a face to a company
  • Provides a team building exercise while helping others

Employee benefits:

  • Experience greater job satisfaction
  • Improved employee morale
  • Put a face to a company
  • Increased teamwork and job performance

Types of Projects

guy-cutting-woodProjects can be on-site at your business location or at a nonprofit organization in our community. Projects that can be completed at your business location are sometimes easier to get more people involved in the project. Examples of corporate projects at a nonprofit organization may include:

  • Cleaning
  • Clerical Work
  • Sorting food and clothing
  • Painting
  • Landscaping

lady-helpingOn-site projects are generally assembling kits for local programs and can require a donation drive first or a small budget to provide the items necessary for the kits. Kits can be used for multiple nonprofit organizations or for your group to use to distribute to family shut-ins, nursing homes, day care centers, or other group you are involved with. United Way can coordinate the project, purchase the supplies at the best price based on our numerous projects, and match you with an organization that fits your groups passions. Examples of kit projects and possible items may include:

  • Hygiene kits
  • New mom kits
  • Welcome home kits
  • Art supply kits
  • Snack Packs for children

For more information or to schedule your group with a corporate engagement project, contact the Volunteer Center of Northwest Louisiana at 318-677-2504 x123 or sophie@unitedwaynwla.org.

Donation Drives

Your business or organization can host a donation drive for a number of items that people in our area desperately need. Some ideas include:

  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Bath soap and shampoo
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Pull-ups
  • Deodorant
  • Bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Crafting supplies
  • Coloring books & crayons
  • Puzzles

The drive can be specific to a nonprofit organization and their need at the time or it can be generic and we can supply several organizations with the items donated. We can coordinate with the nonprofit organizations, assist in publicizing the drive with your employees through flyers, sample emails, and more. Our staff can help share your organization’s success on social media.

Agency Experiences

agencyA business or group can work with our volunteer staff to schedule a tour of a single organization or multiple organizations. During these tours, members of the group learn about United Way’s focus areas: education, health, financial stability and essential needs. See first-hand the needs of the community and the difference being made in so many lives.

Depending on group size, arrangements can be made for transportation, meals, and scheduled tours and activities at various organizations.