Importance of Volunteering

Here in United Way of Central Illinois, we’re focused on making our community a better place. That’s part of the mission for United Way, but it’s part of the DNA of this community, too.


That’s why United Way celebrates the contributions of volunteers, today and every day. Whether you’re spending an hour a week reading to young children to boost their pre-reading skills, or contributing to the latest food drive, or taking part in volunteer activities through your place of work or worship – you’re making our community a better place to live.


Research tells us that volunteerism isn’t just good for our community, it’s good for us, too.

Volunteering as a family provides opportunities to connect and talk in new ways, as parents and kids learn to see each other outside of their typical roles. Volunteering helps children learn about responsibility to others and having a stake in their community. Working as a family team reinforces the importance of doing your part to achieve a greater goal. And volunteering stimulates empathy, as kids come to see and experience the needs of others firsthand.


When we volunteer, we benefit as much as we benefit others. It’s a fact that people who volunteer experience a boost in their mental health. We feel good – mentally and physically – and odds are we’ll enjoy our fellow volunteers, who have chosen to serve for the same reasons.


And it’s good for business, too. According to America’s Charities, 88% of employers believe effective employee engagement programs help attract and retain employees. And 71% of employees say it’s imperative or very important to work where culture is supportive of giving and volunteering

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Want to get involved in making Central Illinois a better place? Contact Mitch Baker at mbaker@uwcil.com or click below to start today.