Volunteer

 

Volunteer Center of Northwest Louisiana

 

Real community change isn't just fueled by money or 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.

 

Ways to Get Involved

 

You can get involved in serving others in many simple ways:

 

  • Schedule a Agency Experience
  • Host a Donation Drive
  • Participate in Day of Caring
  • Plan a Company Volunteer Project

 

Agency Experience

 

A 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: health, financial stability, education 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.

 

Target employees from the Shreveport location toured several nonprofit organizations including the Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in April of 2015. While at each location, the employees lent a hand to help those in need.

 

Donation Drive

 

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 soup 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.

 

Day of Caring

 

Day of Caring is a one-day, community-wide volunteer event that allows United Way donors and companies an opportunity to see their contributions at work. It connects local business and industry with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance. Approximately 200+ volunteers from more than 30 area businesses and organizations participate in this event.

 

Fort Sill National Bank participated in the 2015 Day of Caring and helped the Ark-La-Tex Learning Center, a program of the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

 

Fort Sill National Bank participated in the 2015 Day of Caring and helped the Ark-La-Tex Learning Center, a program of the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

 

Projects offer volunteers a first-hand look at health and human service needs in Northwest Louisiana. On-site projects show volunteers the broad reach of United Way in the 10 parish area. Worksite projects included painting, landscaping, clerical work, sorting food and clothing, and deep cleaning.

 

Visit the Day of Caring page for more information.

 

Company Volunteer Project

 

Many companies and organzations have a strong corporate social responsibility to their community. United Way of Northwest Louisiana wants to support these corporate engagement projects.

 

The projects have many benefits for everyone involved:

 

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
  • Increased teamwork and job performance

 

Projects can be at a nonprofit agency or on-site at your business or organization. Visit the Corporate Engagement page for more information