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Give Your Time - Volunteer!

United Way's Information and Referral Services provides the resources and services needed for nonprofit organizations to engage volunteers in productive and meaningful community service experiences. Our staff provides training and technical assistance to organizations that involve volunteers, organizes special service days and volunteer events, and collaborates with agencies to support community service learning.

Information and Referral Services partners with Volunteer West Virginia!, a program of the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, that links volunteers with volunteer opportunities. For more information visit the Volunteer West Virginia! web site at www.volunteerwv.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to connect with your community and see, first-hand, the impact that United Way of Central WV’s Partner Agencies have on our community. Volunteer opportunities are available for adults, youth, families and companies. You can do everything including reading to kids, mentoring, helping with events, fixing buildings – the possibilities are endless!

Have fun, connect with new friends, strengthen relationships with your family and co-workers, and help make a difference in the community at the same time.

Volunteer SPOTLIGHTS

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Charleston

Location: 301 Tennessee Avenue Charleston, WV 25302
Contact Person: Gavin Washington
Phone Number: 304-342-8831 ext. 1105
Email Address: Gavin.Washington@uss.salvationarmy.org  
Volunteer Need:
Homework Assistant (Grades K-5) (2)
Homework Assistant (Grades 6th and up) (1-2)
Tutoring (Grades K-5) (2)
Tutoring (Grades 6th and up) (1-2)
Special Clubs/Programming, ex. Chess Club, Spanish Club, etc. (1-2)
Summer Basketball League Coaches/Referees (4-6)
Assist with Bags for Weekend Program (2)
Assist unload food truck and stock cabinets and shelves once a month (1-2)


Heart & Hand Thrift Store

Location: 212 D Street, South Charleston, WV
Contact Person: Patty Tilley
Phone Number: 304.744.6741
Email: heartandhandcdom@aol.com
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2 – 4 each day
Volunteer Need: Sort donations of clothing and restock the Thrift Store


The Longest Day

The Longest Day is all about Love. Love for all of those affected by Alzheimer’s. On the summer solstice, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity you love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. Teams and participants across the state hold special events or spend the day doing things they are passionate about to raise money. Participants can participate all year long, while we encourage using the summer solstice to honor those facing this disease. Some run, hike, or dance. A few kayak and golf all day. Many bake or garden. It’s so simple, just ask your friends, family members, and coworkers to donate. There are so many ways to take part, while raising funds, the possibilities are endless! We are looking for people passionate about a particular activity that want to use their love to show love to those facing Alzheimer's disease or dementia!

Location: Statewide
Contact Person: Nikole Kinder
Phone Number: 304-343-2717
Email: nkinder@alz.org
Number of Volunteers Needed: Five
Volunteer Need: We are looking for Volunteer Committee Members to help recruit and engage participants dedicated to making a difference for The Longest Day. If you or someone you know is engaged in their community and wants to make a difference, this is the place for you. Time commitment is minimal, with a monthly conference call, individuals can participate from home to recruit and engage on your own time.


Click on the following to see what other volunteer opportunities are available at our Partner Agencies.

American Red Cross, West Virginia Region

Agency and Program Name: American Red Cross, West Virginia Region
Name of Position: Disaster Action Team Member
Provide emergency assistance to people in your community who have been forced from their homes due to fire, flood or other disasters.  Work directly with people affected by disaster and help them begin their recovery.  Make a difference in the lives of people in your community during the time they need it most. Choose from a range of specialty tracks including:

  • Client Casework – Meet with victims of home fires and other disasters to provide them comfort and identify their needs (shelter, food, clothing, health or mental health)
  • Logistics: Work with material and human resources, helping with supply inventory, & staff/personnel
  • Mass care support: Bulk distribution, feeding & shelter operations
  • Disaster Assessment – travel to scene of disasters (i.e. floods or community-wide disasters) to verify and survey the damage 
  • Disaster Health Services
  • Disaster Mental Health Services
  • Card Activators – trained on specific software to activate client assistance cards from home
  • Emergency Response Vehicle drivers (ERV) – must be physically able to repeatedly lift 50 lbs


Number of Volunteers Needed 50
Age Requirement 18+
Beginning Date Ongoing
Ending Date Ongoing
When can this job be done?
Flexible scheduling is available
How often do you need the volunteer(s)?Bi-weekly/Monthly – schedules rotate according to availability
Is Training Provided? Yes

American Red Cross, West Virginia Region

Agency and Program Name: American Red Cross, West Virginia Region
Name of Position: Local Government Liaison
Location: 113 Lakeview Drive
Contact Person: Susan Shew
Phone Number: 304-340-3650 x1811
Email Address: Susan.Shew@redcross.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed: Location: Statewide
Train to assist in local, county or state emergency operations centers during disaster. Build resume skills, interact with government officials, gain invaluable experience in critical disaster response decision-making. Volunteers placed in these positions enjoy working with government and community partners, are willing to understand and agree to policy directives, have excellent written and oral communication skills and agree to work long shifts during major disasters as well as engaging locally during center activations, drills, trainings and partner meetings. Time commitment: 2 hours per month- 12 hours shifts during large disaster events.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 4 per county
Age Requirement: 18+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
Volunteers will remain active by participating in one time drills, practice sessions and trainings. During a disaster when Emergency Operations Centers are active, shifts are 12 hours per day and can last for a week or more.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Monthly
Is Training Provided? Yes

American Red Cross, West Virginia Region

Agency and Program Name: American Red Cross, West Virginia Region
Name of Position: Health and Safety Course Instructor
Location: 113 Lakeview Drive
Contact Person: Susan Shew
Phone Number: 304-340-3650 x1811
Email Address: Susan.Shew@redcross.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed: Share life-saving skills with others by teaching CPR, First Aid, Aquatics, Disaster Preparedness or other Red Cross courses. Weekday, weeknight and Saturday opportunities are available. Instructor certification required (and is provided free of charge.) Volunteers are required to teach two courses per year to remain active.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 15
Age Requirement: 18+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
Classes are taught during the day, evening and over weekends in various locations around the state. Courses are regularly taught in Huntington and Charleston and can be scheduled elsewhere when requested.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Monthly
Is Training Provided? Yes

American Red Cross, West Virginia Region

Agency and Program Name: American Red Cross, West Virginia Region
Name of Position: Blood Drive Volunteer
Location: 113 Lakeview Drive
Contact Person: Susan Shew
Phone Number: 304-340-3650 x1811
Email Address: Susan.Shew@redcross.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed:
BLOOD DRIVE VOLUNTEER
Location: Charleston, Huntington
The American Red Cross provides 45% of the nations safe blood supply. Blood donations are needed every day. We count on repeat blood donors who are 75% more likely to return for a second donation if the blood drive is staffed by volunteers. Volunteers can serve as greeters or canteeners, helping donors to and from the donation as well as providing friendly and compassionate follow up.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 15
Age Requirement: 16+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
Any time during a pre-scheduled blood drive. Blood drives usually occur Monday-Friday during day time hours.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Weekly
Is Training Provided? None Needed

American Red Cross, West Virginia Region

Agency and Program Name: American Red Cross, West Virginia Region
Name of Position: Service to the Armed Forces Member
Location: 113 Lakeview Drive
Contact Person: Susan Shew
Phone Number: 304-340-3650 x1811
Email Address: Susan.Shew@redcross.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed:
DISASTER ACTION TEAM (Local Response)
Location: Statewide
Provide emergency assistance to people in your community who have been forced from their homes due to fire, flood or other disasters. Work directly with people affected by disaster and help them begin their recovery. Choose from a range of specialty tracks including: client case work, logistics, mass care support, shelter operations, and disaster assessment. Flexible on-call scheduling is available. Training is provided free of charge.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5 per county
Age Requirement: 16+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
This is an on-call position. Training is required in advance, as well as a mentoring process. Team members are on call during a one-week period as part of a team of responders. If a fire or local disaster occurs during that time, the team captain activates the members of the team available to respond. At least two people must respond at all times. Teams are on call approximately one week per month. Calls come at all hours of the day and night.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Monthly
Is Training Provided? Yes

American Red Cross, West Virginia Region

Agency and Program Name: American Red Cross, West Virginia Region
Name of Position: Service to the Armed Forces Member
Location: 113 Lakeview Drive
Contact Person: Susan Shew
Phone Number: 304-340-3650 x1811
Email Address: Susan.Shew@redcross.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed:
SERVICE TO THE ARMED FORCES (SAF)
Location: Statewide
The American Red Cross serves National Guard, reserve, and active duty military members, Veterans of all eras, and their families. We need volunteers to help with a variety of important projects.

  • Teach coping skills to families re-integrating after deployments
  • Support military-connected kids while their parents are attending required briefings
  • Plan fun activities for military children
  • Master’s level, licensed counselors are needed to training as facilitators who will offer special workshops to military families after deployments. 
  • Veterans Service Initiative – advocate for veterans though the benefits claims and employment processes


Number of Volunteers Needed: 15
Age Requirement: 16+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
Various Service to Armed Forces opportunities are available including remote volunteer work, event-based volunteer work at planned military events, and special events which occur seasonally throughout the year.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Monthly
Is Training Provided? Yes

TEAM for WV Children, Western Regional CASA

Agency and Program Name: TEAM for WV Children, Western Regional CASA
Name of Position: CASA Volunteer
Location: P.O. Box 11773, Charleston, WV 25339
Contact Person: Sarah Stanley—Volunteer Coordinator for Kanawha, Boone, and Lincoln Counties
Phone Number: (304) 343-9711
Email Address: SStanley@teamwv.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers are appointed by a Judge to look out for the child’s best interest in an abuse and neglect court case. CASA Volunteers gather information about the child’s needs and collaborate with child protective service workers, foster parents, attorneys, and the biological parents to ensure that the child gets the services he or she needs while waiting on a forever home. CASA Volunteers are also crucial in helping the child find a permanent home as soon as possible. First, CASA Volunteers are community members with a heart for the best interests of children. Through an application and training process, CASA Volunteers receive specific training about the court process and the needs of children and their families. CASA Volunteers are asked to commit to a year of service, as this is how long a case typically takes to get through the court system.
Number of Volunteers Needed: Unlimited
Age Requirement: 21
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
The majority of meetings and contacts are on the volunteer’s own time schedule. We have one monthly meeting, and court hearings are typically every 2-3 months. The time commitment per month is between 5-15 hours.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Every other week
Is Training Provided? Yes

Heart and Hand Community Service Center

Agency and Program Name: Heart and Hand Community Service Center
Name of Position: Sorter/Stocker
Location: 4963 MacCorkle Ave SW, South Charleston, WV 25309
Contact Person: Patty Tilley
Phone Number: 304-744-6741
Email Address: HeartandHandCDOM@aol.com
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed: Volunteers would sort donated clothing and household items. Put clothing on hanger and stock items in the Thrift Store. Requires some lifting, usually 33 gal bag of clothing or file size boxes.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-3 a day
Age Requirement: None, we do ask that younger children under the age of 16 have parental supervision.
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
Normal operation hours. Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:30 and Saturday 9:00 to 3:00.
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Weekly
Is Training Provided? Yes

Kanawha County Dental Health Council

Agency and Program Name: Kanawha County Dental Health Council
Name of Position: Patient Calling
Location: 100 Florida Street, Charleston, WV 25302
Contact Person: Dr. Amy Potesta
Phone Number: 304 389-6824
Email Address: ameliadent@aol.com
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed:Patient calling to remind parents they can bring children to clinic appointments over the summer months.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 1
Age Requirement: 18+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
From 8am – 2:30pm
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Weekly
Is Training Provided? Yes

Kanawha County Dental Health Council

Agency and Program Name: Kanawha County Dental Health Council
Name of Position: Bookkeeping
Location: 100 Florida Street, Charleston, WV 25302
Contact Person: Dr. Amy Potesta
Phone Number: 304 389-6824
Email Address: ameliadent@aol.com
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed: Do onsite bookkeeping work
Number of Volunteers Needed: 1
Age Requirement: 18+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
From 8am – 2:30pm
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Weekly
Is Training Provided? Yes

West Virginia Health Right

Agency and Program Name: West Virginia Health Right
Name of Position: Maintenance; Clerical; Groundskeeping
Location: 1520 Washington Street East Charleston, WV 25311
Contact Person: Ann Hyre or Jeff Crist
Phone Number: 304-414-5919
Email Address: annhyre@wvhealthright.org or jcrist@wvhealthright.org
Volunteer Description/Skills Needed: Maintenance: Simple repairs; general cleaning Clerical: Basic keyboarding skills; filing; use of scanner (will train) Groundskeeping: Weeding; general clean-up; pruning
Number of Volunteers Needed: Flexible – need is ongoing
Age Requirement: 18+
Beginning Date: Ongoing
Ending Date: Ongoing
When can this job be done?
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F
How often do you need the volunteer(s)? Monthly
Is Training Provided? Yes

YWCA Charleston

If you need more information please contact Barbara Mallory at 304.414.4405 or bmallory@unitedwaycwv.org


University of Charleston students volunteers at the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Women and Children

University of Charleston students volunteers at the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Women and Children

Julie Palas and Alice Ruhnke assist with a mailing at Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services

Julie Palas and Alice Ruhnke assist with a mailing at Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services