Volunteer at Square One

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Help kids learn to read, provide tax help to families in need, serve healthy meals, build community gardens, and more.

Ensure Strong Support

Volunteers help provide a healthy support system for children to succeed in school. We are making sure kids have everything they need, from healthy meals and stable homes, to supportive and strong relationships. There are so many ways to get involved. Browse the information and resources below to find out how you can make a difference and get your boots on the ground!

Upcoming Volunteer Days

Join us for a volunteer project at a local school. Every little bit we do to improve these schools helps kids stay motivated to come each and every day. This fosters an environment that helps with success in the classroom and beyond.

Square One Project Tours

Check back at the start of the school year for more opportunities to see our Square One Project in action!

    AARP Experience Corps

    Photo by Matt RothVolunteers are the backbone of this program. AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches volunteers age 50 and up with students in kindergarten through third grade to help them improve their reading skills.

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

    IRS-certified volunteers complete an intensive training to provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing and informing taxpayers about tax credits for which they may qualify. VITA sites are located at community and neighborhood centers, schools and more.

    United Way Healthy Meals Program

    A belly full of healthy food improves health and academic performance. We want to ensure that students in our community are given every opportunity to be healthy so they can learn, receive a good education and continue to maintain their health. Volunteers help support these efforts.

    Corporate/Group Volunteer Projects

    Your time is precious, both to you and to those you help. Companies that provide volunteer opportunities have better relationships with the community, a great public image and a motivated workforce. Find a project and sign up directly on the Volunteer Center or browse the Examples of Projects below and get in touch with us to get started.

    • Request a Project! Please allow 3 weeks minimum when requesting a group project. We will contact you within several days of receiving your request. Request now.
    • Examples of Projects – list coming soon!

    Collect Items/Hold a Drive

    Items you collect make a big difference for Square One partners. Here’s how to hold a collection drive in 5 easy steps:

    1. Use the suggested lists below to decide what to collect.

    2. Tell us what you’re collecting so we can connect you with the school or nonprofit who will benefit most from your generosity. Drop us a line at volunteer@uwccr.org to get started.

    3. Hold your drive! We found some helpful hints you may want to check out.

    4. Arrange drop-off or pick-up directly with the school or nonprofit we connected you with.

    5. Send a picture of your results to volunteer@uwccr.org so we can brag about how awesome you are.

    Items needed for Square One partners.

    Join the Square One Council

    This group is comprised of a cross-sector of community partners who provide vision and strategic direction for United Way’s Square One project. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Tom.Bennett@uwccr.org.

    Volunteer at a United Way Special Event

    Each year, United Way hosts large special events that need volunteers like you. Be sure to watch for more information about Week of Caring in the Fall, Day of Action in Summer, #Happy2Help during the holiday season and other ways to get involved.  See events.

    Corporate Volunteer Council

    The Corporate Volunteer Council gives members a chance to network with local businesses to learn best practices for building and fostering a strong employee volunteer program. On a regular basis, members learn about some of our region’s most known and unknown nonprofit organizations and how companies can get involved to help. Learn more.

    AmeriCorps VISTA

    United Way California Capital Region serves as one of the intermediaries in the Sacramento region for the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, we are pleased to bring 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members to our region to build capacity, expand program reach and ultimately improve the lives of those in our communities who need it most. Learn more.

    Youth Volunteer Directory

    [Are you a youth or teen or parent of a youth or teen and looking to get involved in the community through volunteering? The Youth Volunteer Directory is a comprehensive directory of nonprofit organizations that welcome youth as volunteers. This document was created by the City of Sacramento and DOVIA Sacramento. View youth opportunities.

    Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA)

    DOVIA provides a forum for exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers. Through collaborative efforts, DOVIA is committed to promoting services and emphasizing professional growth and development of the volunteer administration profession. Find out more.