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Volunteers took a break on Day of Caring 2014


The United Way is a volunteer-driven organization. Volunteers govern, provide direction and oversight, make funding decisions, sit on community committees, direct our annual campaign, and drive our annual events like Day of Caring,and the Holiday Citrus Sale. You can participate in these opportunities and more, call our office and talk to our volunteer coordinator, Eve Balance to find out about upcoming volunteer programs, (772) 567-8900.

Volunteers Needed for Disaster Preparedness

In the event of a hurricane or other disaster hitting our area, volunteers will be needed to Staff the (VRC) Volunteer Reception Center located at the United Way Center on 14th Avenue, Vero Beach. 

The VRC is a room set up and staffed to intake and match volunteer skills with unmet needs in the community in the event of disaster.

Examples of opportunities:

  • A request from the Emergency Operations Center may be for volunteers to help victims of a disaster in need of blue tarps and installation on damaged roofs.
  • Salvation Army may need volunteers to help in their mass-feeding kitchens following a disaster.
  • Red Cross may need volunteers to case-manage victims of a hurricane and direct them to temporary assistance.
  • An elderly person may need volunteers to help clear debris from their yard or flood-soaked carpet removed from their home.
  • Home-bound victims may need water or food delivered by volunteers,
  • and many, many more opportunities.

VRC staff choose available qualified volunteers that are willing to do these jobs. A safety briefing is conducted prior to each assignment and protective equipment issued. A schedule is set and the job gets done!

Volunteer positions in the VRC include: Message Runner, Volunteer Intake, data collection, ID badges, greeter and others.

For more information contact Eve Ballance at United Way, (772) 567-8900 ext. 20 or  eve.ballance@unitedwayirc.org.




Day of Caring

Community Event


United Way’s traditional Day of Caring will take on new dimensions Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, as more non-profits and more volunteers are given the opportunity to participate in this phenomenal annual event.  

If you are a non-profit and need some painting done; lawn care; office work; or limited building projects, United Way has volunteers who want to work for you.

If you are an individual volunteer, a family group, neighborhood, club, or employee team interested in participating, there is a wide variety of projects that need your help.

New this year:

  • Any nonprofit is welcome to apply, not just those with United Way funded programs;
  • Any volunteer individual or groups may participate, (not just employers who run United Way campaigns).

This year’s expansion is part of United Way’s Community Impact approach to advancing the common good.  Recruiting individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies to create long-term social change can produce healthy, well-educated and financially–stable individuals and families.

In years past, volunteers have washed emergency vehicles, painted inside and out, mulched and gardened, installed accessible railings, cleaned up beaches, filled food packs for hungry children, cleaned early childhood classrooms, and more.

Non-profits interested in benefiting through Day of Caring should contact United Way for an application, (772) 567-8900, or www.unitedwayirc.org .

Volunteers should save the morning, September 19th, and watch for opportunities to participate on www.volunteerindianrivercounty.org.