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United Way works with volunteers and local non-profits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors. Call United Way of East Mississippi or 2-1-1 for a list of volunteer opportunities in our community.

Benefits of Volunteering
Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise. Volunteering can help you:

  • Make important networking contacts
  • Learn or develop skills
  • Teach your skills to others
  • Enhance your résumé
  • Gain work experience
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improve your health
  • Meet new people
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization
  • Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about the community
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Improves the likelihood that children will volunteer as an adult

Family volunteering can also benefit businesses through:


  • Improved morale and positive attitudes among employees
  • Reinforcing teamwork and breaking down barriers
  • Adding an extra dimension of sharing, caring and creating  sense of community among employees
  • Quality time for families through learning opportunities and positive role modeling for children
  • Skill development in leadership, problem-solving, public speaking and improved organizational skills
  • Demonstration of company commitment to the communities in which they do business

Why Children Should Volunteer
“It is such a great feeling to be able to get outside out do some good in my community, especially when my friends are right by my side!” -- Heidi Smith, Grand Haven MI, who volunteered in Greater Ottawa County United Way’s annual “Rake a Difference” event.
Kids feel great and have fun when they volunteer. Here are other reasons why children should volunteer:

  1. Enhances Development. Volunteering can benefit a child’s psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills. It also provides opportunities to apply newly learned material.
  2. Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle and Choices -- Children who volunteer are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
  3. Teaches Social Responsibility – Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
  4. Creates a lifelong ethic of service. Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
  5. Improves the community. Volunteer activities are essential for advancing the common good, and children can be part of the change.