Volunteers Make a Difference
Thousands of people across Windsor and Essex County are making a lasting difference by contributing their time, expertise, and talents through volunteering. We greatly value the contributions of volunteers in our community.
Benefits of volunteering
- Meet new and inspiring people with a common interest in making your community better
- Develop a new skillset, in addition to sharing your current talents
- Shape and explore career options while gaining valuable experience
- Gain motivation and a sense of achievement
- Discover new interests and hobbies
- Keep active and alert
- Complete high school student community volunteer hour requirements
There is also a growing body of research exploring the personal health benefits of volunteering, in addition to the social benefits. Research has found that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, greater life satisfaction, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
Anyone can volunteer
You can be an adult, a student, or a senior. You can volunteer on your own, with a team of co-workers, with your family or your friends. Volunteering is flexible and adaptable to your needs – whether you are looking for short- or long-term commitments, there are opportunities for you to make a difference.
Do-It-Yourself Volunteering from Home Kits
United Way’s DIY guide offers fun, creative and flexible ways for you and a group of your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to show some local love for community. The guide provides you with the list of the supplies you’ll need, instructions on how to put the kits together and directions on how to donate them to a United Way partner agency in your community.
Volunteering at United Way
Volunteers play a large role in decision-making and problem-solving at United Way. United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County has a volunteer Board of Directors and many committees which guide our work. By engaging a diverse group of volunteer leaders from many parts of the community, our work is strengthened and supported.
The input and perspective of local residents is so important to our work. United Way plays an important role in powering the community-wide Cradle to Career strategy adopted by the Windsor-Essex collective known as ProsperUs. Resident engagement is central to building out community solutions that are going to put local youth on a path to prosperity. These residents from Downtown Windsor, West Windsor and Leamington volunteer their time to lend their ideas, lived experiences and voices to help build made-in-Windsor-Essex solutions that will support children from cradle to career.
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