Volunteerism in 2023

Kandice RileyCommunity Engagement

What is the value of volunteerism? Volunteers are essential for sustaining the mission of many local nonprofits. The current estimated national value of each volunteer hour is $29.95. When we choose to give our time and talents to local agencies, we’re directly investing in the health of our community.

Your time and unique skills are valuable gifts. Whether you like to work with numbers, tell stories, or comfort others; whether you’re a good seamstress, carpenter, or gardener; whether you’re a marketing professional, a teacher, or an event planner, there is a place for you in non-profit volunteerism.

United Way is offering several on-ramps for community engagement in 2023.

Day of Caring:

Day of Caring is the perfect opportunity for volunteers of all skill types and ages to make a difference! The largest volunteer event in Southwest Missouri, Day of Caring mobilizes thousands of volunteers for a day of service to non-profit agencies across the Ozarks. It is a treasured tradition in our community, spanning over 30 years. Workplaces and civic groups enjoy getting out of the office and building teamwork. Join us this summer for this incredible event. Registration will be open April 10-28, 2023.

You can find more information about Day of Caring here. 

Community Engagement through Day of Caring

Volunteers from 417 Magazine spruce up Valley Watermill Park during Day of Caring in 2021.


United for Greatness:

For professionals with specialized skills, United for Greatness is a fantastic way to make a positive impact. This one-day workshop is hosted in partnership with the Great Game of Business, and pairs non-profit agencies with uniquely skilled volunteers for a day of strategic planning around a specific business practice. United for Greatness is perfect for those looking to go beyond the typical volunteer experience.

You can find more information about United for Greatness here. 

Great Game of Business coaches and skilled marketing professionals strategize with Catholic Charities of Southwest Missouri during United for Greatness in 2021.


For those nearing retirement or presently retired, Give 5:

Give 5 provides a meaningful way to gain a deeper connection to the Ozarks community. This five-week civic matchmaking program connects retirees with volunteer opportunities that fuel their skill sets and passions. Participants learn about the challenges facing their community and uncover ways they can make a difference.

Learn more about Give 5 here. 

Participants choose to explore volunteer opportunities at Community Partnership of the Ozarks during Give 5 graduation.

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