Volunteer Opportunities

Not only does United Way of Cass-Clay work to give local people opportunities to improve their life, we also serve those in our community who want to LIVE UNITED and volunteer for our community. With United Way, it's easy to find a volunteer opportunity for just you, or a group of coworkers, friends or family members. We've organized our volunteer opportunities into one-time opportunities and on-going volunteer opportunities. Explore your opportunities to LIVE UNITED!

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Day of Caring
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DAY OF CARING mobilizes thousands of volunteers from all over the Cass & Clay communities to help area seniors with projects around their homes. The volunteer opportunities and activities vary greatly for the day-some individuals request help with light cleaning projects while some have larger requests for lawn care, cleaning gutters, pulling out flower beds/gardens. Some teams of volunteers request to work indoors while others work outdoors.

Time Commitment: 2 or 4 hour shifts during the afternoon of October 11, 2018.
lucille_hennemann.png "The volunteers were pleasant to visit with, cheerful and kind. I appreciated that. It was nice to have new faces around and a chance for a little fellowship while they were here. It's pretty neat."

Lucille Hennemann
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Hornbacher’s Gobble It Up $5 Lunch for United Way
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Join United Way and Hornbacher's each summer at the Gobble It Up $5 Lunch for United Way event. Enjoy a $5 lunch at any Hornbacher's location; all proceeds benefit local people in the Cass-County community. Volunteers help collect money and serve the delicious lunch.

In 2018, mark your calendar for Thursday, June 21. Volunteer registration opens on May 17.

Time Commitment: 1 to 2 hour serving shifts between 11:00am and 2:00pm on June 21, 2018
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School Supply Drive

Spend a morning, over lunch hour, or afternoon shift packing backpacks for the 2018 School Supply Drive. It’s a great chance to get involved in a hands-on way that made an impact. In 2017, 5,800 backpacks full of supplies were given to local K-12 students in need to help give them the very best start in school and in life. 

Time Commitment: 2 hr inventory & packing shifts (Dates TBA)
DSC_0131.JPG "School Supply Drive is a great opportunity to give back to the community, but also network with other businesses and individuals who commit to volunteering. Our team spent just a few hours at the FARGODOME packing backpacks, but the impact was long lasting. "

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Group Volunteer Opportunities

Day of Caring
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DAY OF CARING mobilizes thousands of volunteers from all over the Cass & Clay communities to help area seniors with projects around their homes. The volunteer opportunities and activities vary greatly for the day-some individuals request help with light cleaning projects while some have larger requests for lawn care, cleaning gutters, pulling out flower beds/gardens. Some teams of volunteers request to work indoors while others work outdoors.

Time Commitment: 2 or 4 hour shifts during the afternoon of October 11, 2018.
lucille_hennemann.png "The volunteers were pleasant to visit with, cheerful and kind. I appreciated that. It was nice to have new faces around and a chance for a little fellowship while they were here. It's pretty neat."

Lucille Hennemann
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School Supply Drive

Spend a morning, over lunch hour, or afternoon shift packing backpacks for the 2018 School Supply Drive. It’s a great chance to get involved in a hands-on way that made an impact. In 2017, 5,800 backpacks full of supplies were given to local K-12 students in need to help give them the very best start in school and in life. 

Time Commitment: 2 hr inventory & packing shifts (Dates TBA)
DSC_0131.JPG "School Supply Drive is a great opportunity to give back to the community, but also network with other businesses and individuals who commit to volunteering. Our team spent just a few hours at the FARGODOME packing backpacks, but the impact was long lasting. "

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Extended Volunteer Opportunities

Community Investment Review Panel Volunteer
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The Community Investment Review Panel (CIRP) is an exciting and influential volunteer opportunity open to United Way investors.

As a CIRP Volunteer you will review applications of 3-4 programs seeking United Way funding. Selection as a Community Investment Review Panel Volunteer is competitive and limited to 60 volunteers.

United Way works closely with United Way Community Partners to ensure quality outcomes are designed and being met. CIRP Volunteers are required to attend a one-time training presented by Dr. Shawn Ginther, professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. Ginther will preview the Program Effectiveness Evaluation Tool that serves as a scorecard when reviewing applications. This tool is newly updated and includes a more focused emphasis on client outcomes and indicators.

Volunteers play an important role in ensuring dollars entrusted to United Way are leveraged to their maximum capacity by evaluating programs’ client outcomes, financial stability and the overall impact on the community.

Time Commitment

Attend a mandatory 3 hour training session in February 2019 (Dates TBA)
Spend 6-10 hours on your own reviewing applications of 3-4 programs seeking United Way funding in February/March 2019(Dates TBA)
Participate in a 1-day site visit session (8 hours) touring agencies & discussing their impact with the 8-11 volunteers.
Site visits will occur during the first three weeks of March, 2019

Applications for the 2018 Community Investment Review Panel are not yet open. More information on application open dates to come. 

For more information, please email mjenson@unitedwaycassclay.org 

Time Commitment: See details above
_MG_8158.jpg "Our community has a vast amount of needs that can only be satisfied by our area non-profits. Many of these non-profits implement programs that are largely dependent on the funds they receive from United Way. Serving as a Community Investment Review Panel volunteer and now a member on the Community Investment Committee has been an incredible opportunity and has allowed me to be actively engaged in investing donor dollars. It has shown me just how great of an impact United Way has on the needs of our community. "

Luke Broduer, Community Volunteer
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School Supply Drive

Spend a morning, over lunch hour, or afternoon shift packing backpacks for the 2018 School Supply Drive. It’s a great chance to get involved in a hands-on way that made an impact. In 2017, 5,800 backpacks full of supplies were given to local K-12 students in need to help give them the very best start in school and in life. 

Time Commitment: 2 hr inventory & packing shifts (Dates TBA)
DSC_0131.JPG "School Supply Drive is a great opportunity to give back to the community, but also network with other businesses and individuals who commit to volunteering. Our team spent just a few hours at the FARGODOME packing backpacks, but the impact was long lasting. "

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