The Volunteer Center plays an integral role in United Way of Palm Beach County’s mission to change lives and shape our community. Our volunteer program is aimed at making volunteering easy and flexible to fit everyone’s busy schedule. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, families, organizations and corporations.
To find a volunteer opportunity, use the links below.
You can search for opportunities based on your interests, skills, and geographical location. Or, simply enter a keyword.
You can search for one time opportunities for your family and friends based on your interests, skills, and geographical location. Or, simply enter a keyword.
When you register with us, you will receive e-mails notifying you of opportunities and special events that match your volunteer profile.
Nonprofit organizations and agencies can post their opportunities and update information as needed. It's a great way to promote your organization!
Registered nonprofits, please note, it is up to you to keep your agency information and opportunities current. If you have misplaced your agency password, please contact Donna Pulda, Director of the Volunteer Center, at (561) 375-6600.
United Way of Palm Beach County's Volunteer Center is actively involved with disaster management efforts as the lead volunteer agency for Palm Beach County Emergency Management ESF-15. As such, United Way coordinates volunteers to support the relief effort in the county before and after a disaster. That responsibility includes calling into action United Way’s trained volunteers, opening a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) to mobilize more volunteers (within 72 hours after a disaster strikes) throughout the county.
The VRC would open within 72 hours of a disaster and would serve as a central location for the coordination of volunteers assisting in the relief efforts. In an instance of disaster, United Way of Palm Beach County would open a VRC and would call registered VRC volunteers to help staff the VRC. Next, the County, other governments and agencies would inform United Way where they need assistance. Then, United Way’s VRC would coordinate volunteers and send them to the areas in need.
United Way recruits year-round for disaster volunteers, and provides VRC training. If you would like to be a disaster assistance volunteer, or would like a presentation to your group about such volunteer opportunities, please contact Donna Pulda, Director of the Volunteer Center, at (561) 375-6621.
United Way of Palm Beach County and its Volunteer Center have a long history of promoting volunteerism in our community, and in preparing for, and recovering from, disasters. Following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, United Way (and Volunteer Center staff and volunteers) took a leadership role in the local response and recovery efforts. Shortly after, Palm Beach County government named United Way as the lead agency for ESF-15 in its Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. During the hurricane season of 2004-2006, United Way of Palm Beach County recruited more than 3,000 volunteers who worked close to 20,000 hours in relief efforts, and in distributing ice, water and food at various distribution sites throughout the county. United Way of Palm Beach County is actively involved in supporting the county’s disaster-related volunteer needs, working closely with officials to develop a more effective disaster management plan.
The Palm Beach County Disaster Recovery Coalition consists of nonprofit and faith-based organizations, community and business leaders, volunteers and county government agencies, all working together and combining resources to help rebuild Palm Beach County following a disaster. The Coalition was convened following the hurricanes of 2004, and has assisted survivors of Hurricanes Frances, Jeanne and Wilma.
The Coalition coordinates long-term recovery services. Throughout the year, the Coalition works to educate the community on preparedness, while building stronger communication networks and partnerships among various organizations so that should a disaster strike Palm Beach County, the unmet and long-term recovery needs of residents can be met.
The Coalition does not offer direct services. It works with local agencies to assist residents. Following a disaster, residents requesting assistance should contact 211, the county’s information and referral hotline, in order to be directed to available services.
For more information, please contact: United Way of Palm Beach County at (561) 375-6600.
The mission of this group is as follows:
“To lead an organized and effective response effort in the aftermath of a disaster, and to address the preparedness and unmet recovery needs of individuals and families in Palm Beach County.”
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