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Workplace Volunteering

Greater Twin Cities United Way is your go-to engagement partner for workplace and corporate volunteer opportunities. Each year, our Volunteer United team partners with companies, big and small and across diverse industries, to mobilize thousands of volunteers through custom and Pack for Impact volunteer projects, essential supply drives, community volunteer events and more.
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Partner with Us for Corporate Volunteer Events

Drive community engagement and support your corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals with a workplace volunteer event designed specifically for your team. Using our knowledge of community needs and providing start-to-finish volunteer project support, our team of experts can create meaningful and customized volunteer events for corporate teams and employee resource groups (ERG) of all sizes.
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Custom Volunteer Projects with DEI Integration

We’ll work with you to create volunteer experiences that bring together your CSR programs and DEI efforts. We’ll develop an immersive half-day volunteer experience to be completed on-site at a nonprofit partner in our community with a mission that aligns with your DEI goals. Customized projects are perfect for ERGs, work teams and employees looking for deeper connection to community.

Pack for Impact Projects

Volunteer United offers a variety of ready-to-go, team volunteering opportunities that have an immediate impact in our community. Choose from culturally specific pantry packs, school supply packs, household essential packs, literacy packs, social emotional learning packs, and more, or let us create a custom Pack for Impact project specific to your company’s engagement goals and community interest areas.

Essential Supply Drives

Support our neighbors by hosting an essential supply drive at your place of business. Mobilize your employees to collect items such as culturally specific nonperishable foods, school supplies or essential household items to help meet the immediate needs of families across the Twin Cities. Click here for more information on how to set-up an essential supply drive.

Skills-Based Volunteering 

Employees can leverage their professional skills and experience to build capacity and drive long-term impact for nonprofits in our community. When employees participate in our skills-based volunteer program, it builds leadership skills, fosters collaboration and creates a broader sense of purpose within the community.

Community Volunteer Events

Consider supporting one of our annual community-wide volunteer initiatives, such as Flavors of Our Community, Action Day or Home For Good. These large-scale events offer a variety of volunteer options for businesses and ERGs. Engagement opportunities include volunteering in-person at the event, hosting an exclusive satellite event at your place of business or promoting Volunteer At Home opportunities to your employees to engage remote/hybrid workers as well as family and friends.  

Sponsorship Opportunities

Each of our annual impact initiatives require year-round financial support from our community and business partners to help support urgent community needs in the areas of food, education and housing. Consider sponsoring an event such as Flavors of Our Community, Action Day or Home For Good with a financial or in-kind product donation.

Volunteer United’s Total Support Program

However you choose to participate, Volunteer United’s team of experts provide comprehensive, start-to-end project management and execution services to ensure your company’s workplace volunteer event is a success. In addition to partnering with you to develop your employee engagement strategy, we’re pleased to offer the following support services:  

  • Start-to-end project development, management and execution  
  • Site visits and planning sessions 
  • Messaging and communication support 
  • Event registration support 
  • Event set-up and clean-up 
  • Product sourcing (when applicable) 
  • Event staffing and day-of project oversight  
  • Coordination of partnership with benefitting nonprofits 
  • Community impact measurement 
  • Presentation development to drive awareness and education of United Way’s work and impact on our community and how volunteer efforts are meeting immediate needs 

“When I volunteer with my coworkers, it fuels a sense of togetherness and unity because we’re working towards a common goal. My company is very strong when it comes to volunteerism, and that means a lot to me. I feel a sense of meaning and purpose when I help other people.” 

– Kevin Baby, Mechanical Engineer, Xcel Energy

Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Volunteering

Volunteer United is here to help you create workplace volunteer experiences that inspire, motivate and educate your employees to become changemakers. Below are responses to some of the inquiries we get most often about workplace volunteering.

Our volunteer events provide essential items in the areas of food, housing and education to support people across our community. A budget is necessary to cover the cost of supplies and the services provided by the Volunteer United team. We offer projects for a wide range of budgets and will partner with you to create a project that aligns with your budget.

Our team needs a minimum of four weeks from the date your project scope is finalized until the date of your event to plan and prepare for a volunteer project.

We are available to partner with you year-round!

There is no minimum or maximum group size required. Please note, the type of project you select, the project duration and number of people you’d like to engage in your volunteer project may impact the amount of budget needed to create a successful event for your employees.  

Yes! Contact Volunteer United today to share more about the items you’d like to donate and possible recognition benefits that result from your in-kind donation.  

With our total support program, we are here every step of the way to help you plan and coordinate your workplace volunteer event with Greater Twin Cities United Way. Whether you have a plan in mind or are looking for guidance on what will work best with your company’s needs and goals, we are here to help. Reach out to us through our contact form to get the conversation started! 

There are many opportunities to work with the Greater Twin Cities United Way as a corporate partner besides coordinating volunteer events with your workplace. Learn about other ways you can get involved, including sponsorship opportunities and employee fundraising campaigns. 

“United Way is a great organization to be helping and supporting. Faribault Woolen Mill gives back to our community and one of the ways we do this is by spending the morning working together for a worthy cause. It’s impressive how many organizations United Way supports and works with—we’re just so thrilled to be a part of this effort.”

– Tom Kileen, CEO, Faribault Wollen Mill

Connecting Volunteers to Community Needs

Watch our video to learn more about how Volunteer United connects businesses and individuals to community needs through meaningful volunteer experiences that intersect your CSR and DEI goals.

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