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Volunteer Center

Looking for volunteer opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit our COVID-19 Resources page.


Get Connected to Volunteering!

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities throughout York County, you’ve come to the right place!  The Volunteer Center of United Way of York County is the home of e-Volunteer — an online-based program that helps you find the opportunities that best match your interests. With nonprofit agencies throughout York County to choose from, you can search for opportunities by agency, keyword or location.
Simply CLICK HERE to browse volunteer needs and get started.
Looking to volunteer as a group? CLICK HERE to contact Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Bryce Kruger.

Volunteer Spotlight

Code Blue Emergency Shelters provide a safe place from the winter elements for individuals experiencing homelessness in York County, but they can’t do it alone. Run by United Way of York County Partner Agency The Children's Aid Society - York C.A.R.E.S., the York County Coalition on Homelessness (YCCH), and other community partners, Code Blue shelters are seeking volunteer help with daytime, evening, and overnight shifts. 

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up to volunteer.


New to e-Volunteer?

Get connected to e-Volunteer, our new volunteer website launched in February 2020! Much like Get Connected, the new site will allow volunteers to:
  • Create individual and team volunteer profiles
  • Search and respond to volunteer opportunities and events
  • Complete hours, get involved in your local community, and give back

CLICK HERE to view a simple guide that walks you through the basics of the new site and how to create your profile.

If you're an agency or nonprofit looking to create a profile and post volunteer opportunities, CLICK HERE.


Questions? Reach out to Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Brycer Kruger, at



Global Youth Service Day
United Way of York County is proud to partner again with Keep York Beautiful for Global Youth Service Day and a Spring Litter Clean-Up in York City. We encourage individuals and families to come out and help clean up the city we all call home. This is a perfect event for those that are interested in completing community service hours or for those who are just looking to get out and help their community!
POSTPONED due to COVID-19; please stay tuned for a future date
  • Supplies will be distributed to volunteers and groups will be assigned locations
  • Volunteers will spread out from City Hall and pick up litter as they walk
  • Day-of registration and walk-ups welcome
CLICK HERE to register in advance.
Last year, York stepped up BIG:
  • 165 volunteers
  • 1.24 TONS (2,480 lbs) of trash
  • $16,460 in value provided by volunteers
Thank you for giving your time and showing that when we LIVE UNITED, we are truly #strongertogetheryork!


Youth Volunteer Initiatives

United Way of York County established the Youth Volunteer Initiatives program (YVI) in 2001 to work with schools and agencies to engage young people in volunteerism. Its mission is to develop and aggressively promote a comprehensive youth volunteer program empowering agenicies, schools and other volunteer organizations to mobilize youth in addressing York County's needs.

The Volunteer Center Coordinator works closely with the Get Connected database to help develop and facilitate processes for reaching out to and educating youth about the importance of volunteerism and civic engagement.The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator conducts presentations at middle and high schools, as well as various other youth groups throughout York County. The presentation focuses on the importance of volunteering and how to find available opportunities. Presentations can be made to classrooms or larger groups of youth. Information tables can also be arranged.

Annual Volunteer Events for Youth

Annual volunteer events specifically for youth are planned throughout the year:
  April: Global Youth Service Day
  June: Day of Action
  August: National Night Out
For more information about youth volunteer opportunites, please contact Bryce Kruger, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 717.771.3809.

Keys to Effective Volunteer Management

Volunteer engagement, when led and managed effectively, is a powerful tool for advancing your mission as well as developing motivated champions for your organization. 

United Way's "Keys to Effective Volunteer Management" is a series of training sessions designed to give you an overview of working with volunteers from start to finish.  

Our first sessions in this series focused on the following areas:

  • Volunteer Recruitment & Placement
  • Organization-wide Clarity & Support

Other Volunteer Resources

Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County.  Each year, the United Way of York County joins with hundreds of other United Ways around the world to mobilize citizens in service to their local communities.  Visit the Day of Action page for more information.

Need answers? View Frequently Asked Questions for volunteers.


Non-profit Organizations: Join the Volunteer Center to Grow Your Volunteer Base

Become a member of the Volunteer Center to post an unlimited amount of volunteer opportunities, material needs and events on e-Volunteer. Opportunities and events are promoted regularly through United Way’s social media outlets and in a monthly newsletter shared with our individual volunteer contacts. Setting up your account is easy; click here for an easy how-to guide.           

For more information about the Volunteer Center, please contact Bryce Kruger, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 717.771.3809.