United Way provides volunteer opportunities for those looking to make a difference in our local community.

Whether you want to get your hands dirty for a clean up project, serve meals to families, or read to kindergarteners, there are dozens of feel-good opportunities to choose from throughout the year.

Not only does volunteering “feel good,” but studies show that it’s good for relationships, career, and physical health too.

A study by United Health Group found that volunteering improves emotional health, including sense of purpose, stress, connection to community, and overall quality of life.

If you’re looking to volunteer, we have a section on our website where you can browse through projects, sort by town or interest, and pick one that inspires you.

  • 1,277 people volunteered their time for United Way of Greater New Haven in 2016.
  • 70% of respondents in a survey by Deloitte agreed company-sponsored volunteer events boosted morale over company happy hours.
  • In the same survey, 89% believe that companies who sponsor volunteer events offer a better overall work environment.