I've Donated to United Way: How Else Can I Help?

At United Way of Berks County, we appreciate those who are able to support our organization through a financial contribution. Your generosity helps make Berks County a better place. Donations support more than 50 programs and services at United Way Agency Partners, grants for a variety of needs at organizations throughout the county, the Ready.Set.READ! initiative and other services such as 211 and FamilyWize discount prescription cards.

One question that we frequently hear from donors is, “What else can I do to help?” Many assume that making monetary donations is the only way to get involved with United Way. This is not the case. Here are some ways you, as a Berks County resident, can continue to help your community.

Volunteer Opportunities

United Way offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in your local community. Regardless of your interests or passion, there is a way you can help. Some of our volunteer opportunities include:

  • The Big Cheese – The largest United Way-driven meal packaging event in the country. More than 1,000 volunteers come together to package 500,000 nutrient-fortified mac and cheese and rice and beans meals for local families in need.
  • Ready.Set.READ! – A community-wide initiative that brings together schools, businesses, organizations and individuals to improve early grade reading success.
  • Community Impact – Volunteers drive the investment of donor dollars by reviewing Agency Partner financial documents and by evaluating their programs and services to make investment recommendations.

United Way also offers a county-wide database of volunteer opportunities. To find opportunities that match your interests, visit our Volunteer Opportunities portal.

Emerging Leaders United

Emerging Leaders United (or ELU) is a great way to get involved in United Way. If you are between the ages of 21 and 45, ELU allows you to help your community while furthering your professional development.

With ELU, you receive access to exclusive volunteer activities, social events, and personal and professional development opportunities. Members also receive recognition for their involvement, both within their individual companies and in the community.

Minimum age is 21 and there is no donation requirement to join (but a $5 weekly gift to United Way is suggested). To learn more, visit our Emerging Leaders United page and fill out the membership form to get started.

Spread the Word

In many cases, donors get involved with United Way through their employer. We partner with many companies and organizations in the Berks County area to increase awareness of how individuals can help meet critical needs by giving to United Way.

However, donors are not limited to involvement through their employer. We welcome any and all participation outside of the workplace as well!

If you are currently involved with the United Way, through your employer or otherwise, help us spread the word. Encourage your colleagues to seek out local volunteer opportunities. Tell your friends and neighbors about how they can improve their community by supporting United Way.

Get Involved Today

Whether it is by volunteering, joining groups, or simply increasing awareness, there are many ways you can help your community through United Way. Our collective efforts can improve the lives of our fellow community members. Together, we can make Berks County a better place.

If you would like to get more involved with United Way of Berks County, reach out to us today. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and tell you about upcoming opportunities.