Volunteers needed to sort 40,000 donated books

   September 20, 2014 6:00 am

Hooked on Books for Kids  recently received a grant of 40,000 brand-new books from First Book of Washington, D.C., and the group is in need of help to sort and organize the books on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 8 and 9. ‪The books will be distributed to teachers and nonprofit groups in the Erie area.  Two-hour shifts are…

Have you ever wanted to be a ‘Captain of Fun’?

   July 21, 2014 4:53 pm

“Captain of Fun” is just one of the volunteer positions available at the Color Run, which is coming to Erie on Aug. 9. The United Way is currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the event. And the best part? You’re not just helping the event, but you’re also raising money for the Imagination Library….

United Way to honor Brady Louis for volunteer service

   June 29, 2014 7:39 am

United Way of Erie County will honor F. Brady Louis with the 2014 Tocqueville Award on July 15. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to the local community through personal leadership and long-time commitment. For decades, Louis has donated his time, talent and expertise to improve lives and make Erie County a better place to live. Since moving to…

Get Connected is online resource for volunteers, nonprofits

   June 16, 2014 1:00 am

Get Connected is a joint project of the United Way of Erie County and the Nonprofit Partnership that aims to match people who have time, energy, skills and the desire to help — potential volunteers — with the community organizations that need them. It provides an online listing of local volunteer opportunities where members of the…

Volunteer to help at Erie-area summer fitness events

   April 14, 2014 9:54 am

The Erie Sports Commission is seeking volunteers to help out at four major events this summer, including the Zombie Run, the Color Run, the Biggest Loser RunWalk and the Life’s a Beach Triathlon. The Zombie Run includes two events on May 17, both at Lake Erie Speedway in North East. The Zombie Run: Extreme takes…

Volunteers needed for Erie outdoor cleanup projects

   April 13, 2014 5:00 am

United Way’s Days of Caring is an annual Erie event in which volunteers help spruce up outdoor spaces of local community centers and nonprofits. Projects are scheduled around the city between April 19 and 30 to help neighborhood groups, schools and nonprofit agencies get ready for warm-weather activities. The work typically involves outdoor yard work such…

Are you a volunteer? This is your week!

   April 9, 2014 5:00 am

April 6 through 12 is National Volunteer Week, when the nation recognizes the many dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to keep our nonprofit and charitable organizations going. Throughout Erie County and the surrounding area, hundreds of groups rely on volunteers to feed the hungry, rescue stray animals, help clean up our natural resources, and take…

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Brewerie, raise funds for United Way

   March 4, 2014 1:00 am

Today is Mardi Gras — also known as Fat Tuesday. You can celebrate tonight at Brewerie at Union Station, 123 W. 14th St., and help raise money for the United Way of Erie County. Starting at 5 p.m., patrons can enjoy Cajun cuisine and Dixieland jazz  — plus Brewerie’s special “Big Easy” Belgian ale —…

Learn about volunteer opportunities at lunch session

   February 26, 2014 5:43 pm

Interested in volunteering for a local organization, but not sure how to get started or where your talents can best be used? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Nonprofit Partnership, which has partnered with the United Way of Erie to sponsor Get Connected, a website that matches volunteers with needs,…

How will you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week?

   February 10, 2014 5:53 pm

This week (Feb. 10-16) is International Random Acts of Kindness Week. While we should each make an effort to practice kindness every day, this week is nice reminder to break from your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day. Need some ideas?  Why not volunteer with a…