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One Volunteer Can Make a Difference

Discover meaningful opportunities to unlock youth potential and make a lasting impact in Windsor and Essex County as a volunteer with United Way. 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. 

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Benefits of Being a Volunteer

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. Other benefits include:

  • 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
  • Gain motivation and a sense of achievement
  • Discover new interests and hobbies
  • Keep active and alert

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.

Discover meaningful opportunities to unlock youth potential and make a lasting impact in Windsor and Essex County as a volunteer

We’re celebrating volunteers! Holley is a volunteer tutor in On Track to Success. She and one of her students, Tatianna talk about how they both grew as a result of their involvement in the program. “It’s great to know there’s a place where we can connect with people who are teaching us and helping us grow.” Tatianna, On Track to Success Graduate

Board of Directors and Committee Volunteers

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.

Diverse Voices

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.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at

Current volunteer opportunities with On Track To Success

Mentoring and tutoring volunteer roles with United Way

Learn More

Visit Workforce WindsorEssex or
211 Information Services to find more current volunteer opportunities in our community.

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.

Experience Life in Someone Else’s Shoes

We love where we live, but local issues like childhood poverty are harming our community. In our busy lives, these local issues can be easy to ignore or go unnoticed. And you can’t solve a problem if you don’t know it exists.

Take the virtual challenge below to learn more about the experiences of real families in Windsor-Essex County.

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Living In My Shoes

We love where we live, but local issues like childhood poverty are Complete a day in the life of a local mom or dad experiencing low-income. As circumstances change, make decisions that are best for your family while achieving the tasks set out for you. This experience is powered by Rocket Innovation Studio.

Follow Recent Volunteer News:

September 19, 2023

Cleaner & Greener: United Way’s successful clean-up campaign to support downtown residents

In an inspiring display of community spirit, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, the City of Windsor, CUPE 82 and Rocket Innovation Studio, came together to host over 70 people for a community clean up on September 13th, 2023. Volunteers

RELEASE – Charles Brooks Award honours dedicated retiree activist, Tony Sisti

On Thursday, November 9, 2023, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council (WDLC), will host the 46th annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring the recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Tony Sisti, Chair of Unifor Local 1973 Retired Workers Chapter.

John Toth Award honours dedicated United Way champion – Roger Dzugan

On Thursday June 15th, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council presented the 3rd Annual John Toth Community Champion Legacy Award to longtime United Way supporter Roger Dzugan.

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