Please Volunteer - Your Time and Talents are Needed!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Acton-Boxborough United Way! There are many ways you can help. Whether you are looking to fulfill community service hours or a way to give back to the community, we have many opportunities for you to get involved from home in these COVID-19 times. For many of these opportunities, you will be supported and paired with an experienced volunteer or team. Most tasks require access to a computer and zoom video conferencing.

Grant Allocation Review Volunteer Opportunity

Each year A-B United Way invites volunteer residents to help with our Community Impact Grant allocation process. Participating is a great way to hear first-hand about the needs in our community and the amazing work of the many organizations supporting the health, education, and financial stability of residents in Acton and Boxborough.
This is a rewarding, short-term, volunteer opportunity. No experience necessary.

KEY DATES (all Zoom meetings)Training: Wed, September 16: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (will be recorded)
Agency Interviews
  • Sat, October 3: (9 AM - 1:00 PM) 5 slots
  • Mon, October 5: (9 AM - 12:15 PM) 4 slots
  • Wed October 7: (9 AM - 1:00 PM) 5 slots
  • Tues, October 13:(7:30 PM - 9:00 PM) 2 slots
  • Wed, October 14: (9 AM - 1 PM) 5 slots
Written Summaries Due: Mon, October 19, 2020: Deadline to submit Agency Summaries
Grant Allocation Committee Deliberation: Wed, October 28 (7-9 PM)
Sign up here!


Below a listing of other current volunteer opportunities. Please complete this form if you are interested learning more about any of these opportunities.

Outreach Committee (meets bi-monthly on Tues at 7 pm)

Addresses critical community needs and issues during COVID-19, such as allocating emergency grants to residents, food security, mental health...)

Virtual event planning around priority issues (mental health)

Planning for Week of Action - corporate employee teams helping out at local non-profits (Sept).

Communications Committee (mostly day - time meetings)

Strategizes and supports all communications across platforms

Social media ambassadors (promote ABUW events using your personal social media) to announce and share events.

Post website announcements and support website redesign

Creating slideshows or video for use at virtual events

Write articles for monthly e-newsletter

Gather impact data and write content for Impact Report (Annual Report)

Research online best practices from across the global United Way Network for communications (what materials do other UWs use).

Share best practices from A-B United Way with the UW network.

Campaign Committee

Coordinates all fundraising activities

Virtual fundraising events

Major gifts

Corporate partnerships

Grant writing

Grants Allocation Committee (Sept/Oct)

This committee reviews community impact grant applications from local nonprofits and makes recommendations about annual grant distribution.

1) Listen in - for the first time all interviews are open to the public

2) Participate in (virtual) site visits

3) Review one agency application and participate in interview panel and deliberations Requirement: Participate in one (virtual) training

Operations support

  • Format or create playbooks for different types of virtual events
  • Write thank you notes

Special Initiatives

Virtual Annual Meeting planning (June 9)

Other Ways to Hep the Community

During this unprecedented crisis, each of us can make a difference. You can call a neighbor who might be lonely. You can participate at a food drive at a supermarket.

To Volunteer

  • Register at Neighbor Brigade, if you would like to volunteer for local agencies who need help transporting foods, groceries, medicine and essentials to residents who cannot leave their houses. Neighbor Brigade will match your skills and interests with the needs of local agencies.

To Offer Supplies

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