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United Way makes it easy to connect to a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in Indian River County.

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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.


 

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Volunteers Sought for Income Tax Assistance

United Way of Indian River County has a need for people to provide free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

VITA is available to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than about $52,000 a year.


VITA volunteers do more than just prepare people’s taxes. They play a critical role in ensuring that low-income workers access valuable tax credits without paying any fees.
Benefits of becoming a VITA volunteer include: free IRS training and materials to help you develop a lifelong skill and build your resume; a variety of locations, dates and times convenient to your schedule; ongoing support; Continuing Education Credits for eligible volunteers, a Certificate of Recognition & Letter of Appreciation from the IRS at the end of the tax season; and the personal satisfaction you’ll gain from providing an important service to your community.

No accounting experience is required. The tax software guides you every step of the way and volunteers are protected under the Volunteer Protection Act.


Volunteers can start training on-line in November and in-class training in Indian River County will be held in December and January.  Certification will be attained on-line.  Certified volunteers will be required to commit to at least one half-day per week from mid-January through April 15th, 2015. 

If you would like to volunteer please call (772) 567-8900 ext. 20 or sign up on our Get Connected website.