Volunteers are the heart of our community

Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents and United Way welcomes you to a variety of volunteer opportunities. Whether it is reading to children, helping new families get acclimated to the Mohawk Valley, or serving meals at a local food pantry – our community appreciates your time and commitment. There are also many volunteer opportunities within United Way. We invite you to join us in making a difference within our community.

It is our goal to connect you, your group, or your family with the volunteer opportunities that will best suit your interests.

Fill out the Volunteer Form at the bottom of this page so we can contact you about upcoming events and opportunities that suit your interests.



Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Saranac Thursdays & Concert Series Events

A unique partnership formed in 1998 between United Way and its long-standing supportive community partner F.X. Matt Brewery, which hosts a weekly happy-hour fundraiser and concert series throughout the summer. United Way coordinates more than 1,000 volunteers from local companies to assist with serving refreshments at Saranac Thursdays and Concert Series Events.

2017 Saranac Thursdays & Concert Series volunteer spots have been filled. Interested in getting on getting on the list for next year, email: volunteer@unitedwayvgu.org.

 Are you under 40 and looking for a place to invest your time and donations to make a lasting difference in our community?

Young Leaders United may be for you! Click here to learn more.


Upcoming Events


Fueling it Forward for United Way!

Look for volunteers at Cliff’s Local Market locations from 10am–6pm on Wed, June 21!

Participating Cliff's Local Market Locations:
• Cliff’s Local Market, 4862 Commercial Dr., New York Mills
• Cliff’s Local Market, 7481 St. Rt. 5, Clinton (Kirkland)

United Way community partner Cliff’s Local Market is generously hosting community volunteers for the first ever “Cliff’s Pumps United” fundraising event Wed, June 21. Beginning at 10am, volunteers will pump your gas and wash your windshields for tips that will directly benefit United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.


To learn more about volunteering as an individual, group or corporation,
Contact Keri Kane, Volunteer and Events Coordinator
by calling (315) 733-4691 ext. 226, or fill out the form below:



United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area has met Better Business Bureau's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity. You can view United Way VGU's full Charity Review online at www.bbb.org.