United Way has many different volunteer opportunities in our communities.  From helping at one of our events to packaging meals for Day of Caring, there are many ways to make a difference!  Many of our partner agencies appreciate volunteers too!  


Volunteers are subject to the same code of ethics binding all professionals in any field of work.  Volunteers assume certain responsibilities and are expected to account for what they do.

Volunteers must have an attitude of being very careful and exacting; willing to be trained and bring interest and attention.  Every volunteer brings a unique set of assets used to enrich project outcomes in a team oriented cooperative atmosphere.

Attitude towards volunteer work should be professional within the individuals’ abilities and tasks must be clearly understood by both the volunteer and UWWN.





United Way Special Events Volunteer Opportunities


2019 United Way Event Dates:

Scotts Bluff County Area

Leprechaun Leap

    Saturday, March 16 -fun run/walk -downtown SB 10:30 am

Funds Distribution Process

    between April 1 and May 10 - about 8 hours total

      Includes:  Volunteer Orientation- April 3- HATC -5:30-6:15 pm

                       2 Site Visits – April 11th -25th visits scheduled during this time frame

                       Final FD meeting- May 8 -HATC- 3:00-6:30pm

Color Dash

    Saturday, June 8 - Five Rocks Amphitheater, Gering   8am

Rubber Duck Dash

    Saturday, July 20 - Trails West Camp, SB    9:30-11:30 am

Stuff the Bus

    Tuesday, August 6 - school supply sorting and packing  @ Bluffs Business Center,  1517  Broadway, SB   8:30-11:30 am (come for part or whole time)

Day of Caring Food Packaging Event

    Tuesday, October 1-– Weborg Centre, Gering  8:00 - 11:15am


Box Butte County Area      

Funds Distribution  

     Thursday, May 9th - 9 a.m. in Alliance

Game Showcase

    Friday, July 26 - 7:00 p.m. @ Newberry's in Alliance, teams compete in Minute to Win It games to win $$$ for their non-profit

Stuff the Bus

Jingle Bell Dash

    Saturday, December 14 -Knight Museum & Sandhills Center @ 10 a.m.

Dawes County Area

Funds Distribution 

    Friday, May 10- 9 a.m. in Chadron

Stuff the Bus

Father/Daughter Dance

     Saturday, September 28- 6-8 p.m. in Chadron

Day of Caring Food Packaging Event

     Wednesday, October 2- Chadron


Special Events Committee- Scotts Bluff Area

Be part of the fun, volunteer group that helps plan and carry out the annual United Way fundraising events. Participate as your schedule allows.

Meets: late January through August.

Planning and preparation meetings are 12-1pm (usually alternate on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) once a month

Twice a month at least- May, June, July

                             Rubber Duck Dash Day Volunteers

Arrive at 9:15 a.m. Volunteer meeting at 9:30 at the finish line just south of Trails West YMCA Camp Pavilion.

All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver.  Waivers are available on our website or at the race.

Ages 16 and over are welcome to help in the water (under 19 must have a parent sign waiver)


In Water Help-  9:30 to 11:15’ish  (holding nets, netting ducks into canoes, etc. Waders are not required, unless you want to stay dry, but shoes will be needed)  Need 60 volunteers.

 *if have enough can be on shore.


On Land Help with Ducks- 9:30 to 11:30’ ish (staging, basket ducks up the banks, dumping ducks in totes, loading totes on trailer, unload equipment at storage unit after race, etc)  Need  20-30 volunteers.


Funds Distribution Process-Scotts Bluff Area

This is a process where approximately 80 individuals from our community help decide how the United Way raised funds will be distributed to agencies who have applied for 2019-20 funding.  This is a very important process and a wonderful opportunity to learn about the agencies in our community and the services they provide.

Volunteers are divided into small committees and asked to review two or three agencies that are applying for funding this year.  Each committee meets to review their assigned agency applications then conducts interviews of the agencies.  Each committee will then make a recommendation as to what level of funding they believe the agency should receive, based on the funds that are available.  The final step will be to make a short presentation at the final Funds Distribution meeting regarding those findings.

Time Commitment & Schedule for the process:

Volunteer Orientation Meeting:  Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Harms Center.  This meeting will be a short 30 minutes.

Agency Reviews:  These will take place between the dates of April 11th and April 25th.  The application reviews, agency interviews, assessment and preliminary recommendation process can be expected to take approximately 3-4 hours in total.

Final Funds Distribution meeting:  Wednesday, May 8th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Harms Center (approximately 3 hours)



Day of Caring Food Packaging Event-Scotts Bluff Area

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Times: 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (one shift) 

             8:00 a.m.- Check in – suit up & get instructions (get hairnets, aprons, etc.-all provided)

             8:30 a.m.- Packaging and loading

             11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon- Clean-up (anyone that can stay to help would be appreciated)

Place: Weborg Center - 2625 10th St., Gering

Event Info:  Approximately 240 community volunteers will package 10,000 packages (70,000 meals) of shelf-stable, fortified Mac-n-Cheese and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal bulk food products

Volunteers will work in stations of 10 people each in an assembly line manner. Bulk food product will be weighed, funneled into packages, sealed, labeled and boxed for delivery.

The food will be delivered that afternoon with the help of UPS employees, to local food pantries, school backpack programs, soup kitchens and other programs working to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in our communities.

How to Sign Up to Volunteer:

Volunteers must pre-register by contacting the United Way office 635-2522 or by emailing this form to Deb Gies at admin@unitedwayofwesternnebraska.com

****Early registrations are encouraged and will be taken until event is full, and it usually

      fills quickly.

Volunteer Opportunities Available:  

150 Assembly line packaging volunteers- (15 tables of 10 people)

15-20 Runners & refillers (must be able to lift 50 pounds- will be refilling bulk macaroni, oatmeal & moving boxes)  

15 table captains (from the 150 volunteer base)

  1. Table captains will help set up stations and receive mandatory training Monday, October 1st 4:30-5:30 at HATC high bay area
  2. Each table captain will arrive by 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 2nd and will train and oversee a packaging station during the event


If you would like to volunteer for United Way of Western Nebraska or have any questions, feel free to call the main office at 308-635-2522 or call 308-763-8031 for Box Butte or Dawes County opportunities.