Family stability is the heart of our work. If you’re familiar with United Way of Central Maryland, you have likely seen or heard us say this. But what makes that heart beat? It’s the hundreds of volunteers of all ages, from neighborhoods, schools and businesses in every county in our region. They are the hand-raisers and the sign-us-up volunteers who selflessly give their time and talents to help those in need, to strengthen and lift up communities, to make someone’s day brighter, to lessen the load, to improve people’s lives.
Volunteers contribute their time, their energy and their hearts at just about every United Way event – guiding the homeless at one of our Project Homeless Connect events in the City and Harford county, making meals or harvesting produce for families struggling with access to healthy foods, painting classrooms and creating summer reading kits for children, and outfitting supportive housing units for those who previously had no home, to name just a few.
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel; and so to convey the meaningful and measurable impact that our volunteers have on us and the individuals and families we serve, we recently asked a group of volunteers what volunteering for United Way means to them.
“You always house valuable things in a safe place. You put money in the bank, jewels in a safe. I choose to ‘house’ my time in a safe place and United Way definitely qualifies. The volunteer opportunities truly speak to my core values.” –-Phyllis A.
“The combination of seeing the impact in the community as well as working with other like-minded professionals is one of the primary reasons I devote time to United Way. The leadership is right there beside you, doing the work with their sleeves rolled up.” –Sonny T.
“My most memorable volunteer experience was when my best friend and I gave the women and children at Druid Hill YWCA a Christmas party. To see the looks on the mothers’ and children’s faces was priceless. It touched my heart knowing that I could give back and make an impact in the lives of others.” –LeShawn B.
“As an immigrant, I perfectly understand the burden of not being able to provide the basics for oneself or going through hardship altogether away from home. This country has been good to me, especially during my difficult moments, and I am very willing to lend a helping hand anytime I can.” –Edith A.
Read more about Edith’s story and service for United Way, and the stories of other volunteers, at uwcm.org/main/volunteer-quotes.
Beth Littrell, Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Volunteerism, said, “Every individual, family or group that volunteers with United Way is changing lives and communities here in central Maryland. Their service allows us to broaden our impact and help more people get back on their feet. We owe our volunteers an enormous debt of gratitude – we couldn’t do what we do without them.”
No one can create change alone. That’s why we need you. It’s United Way’s rallying cry, and during Volunteer Appreciation Week, it holds special meaning for us. United Way volunteers: We are so very grateful for you.
Please visit our volunteer page to learn more about volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, workplaces, women and Emerging Leaders United members.
For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County, Maryland.
United Way of Central Maryland is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization! | Tax ID: 52-0591543