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Discover how rewarding volunteering can be – whether you’re 18 or 80, a high school student or a retiree, part of a community service group or a corporate president – volunteering can change your life. When you reach out a hand to one, you influence the condition of all. You will know that you have improved lives.

Here you will find current volunteer opportunities for our partner agencies and at the United Way of Hancock County. Also, learn more about Days of Caring - UWHC’s annual weeklong service event; local Donation Drives; our Distinguished Volunteer Award winners and our SECOR scholarship winners.

For more volunteer opportunities for United Way of Hancock County and the community visit our agency volunteer website,

If you would like to volunteer or need assistance getting help for a project, please contact Sarah Mayle at

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you are looking to give volunteering a first try or are a seasoned volunteer veteran, there are always ways to help in the community. Most people find that volunteering provides a benefit to the self that is equal to or even greater than the person they helped.

Here you can find more information about current volunteer opportunities in the community, along with help we could use right in the UWHC office.

Thank you for measurably improving lives in Hancock County!



Days of Caring

Days of Caring is an annual week-long service event typically in May where individuals and employees of area corporations and small businesses lend a hand to local organizations.

Agencies in need of help submit projects, volunteer teams register to help, and the United Way of Hancock County matches up the two groups. Volunteers then head out in force to complete projects such as landscaping, organizing, painting, planning an event, cleaning, construction – whatever is needed!

Find out how to submit a project or register to help. Individuals and teams from any organization are welcome and encouraged to help!


Donation Drives

Non-profit agencies and other service groups are often in a position where they must rely on the generosity of the community to donate the supplies they need to carry out their work.

Visit this page for a roundup of supplies needed today – yet another way you can measurably improve lives!





Jeri Bjorling Memorial Distinguished Volunteer Award Winners

Each year, since 1981, United Way of Hancock County has presented the "Distinguished Volunteer Award" to an individual who has demonstrated dedication and willingness to serve the community through their overall involvement with United Way as a volunteer and leader, as well as with other organizations in the nonprofit sector. In 2012, the award was renamed the "Jeri Bjorling Memorial Distinguished Volunteer Award" in her memory. She died in November of 2011. She was the current United Way board chair when she passed away. Learn more about her story and her commitment to bettering the Hancock County community. 

Read about the 2019 Distinguished Volunteer winner Larry McDaniel and the VITA Volunteers' story as well as previous winners since 1982.

SECOR Scholar Award Winners

The $2,000 renewable SECOR Scholarship was established as a memorial to the Steven and Doris Secor bequest. It is awarded to a high school senior living in Findlay or Hancock County who plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue any undergraduate field of study, full-time in the subsequent academic year. 

A committee of local volunteers review the applications and conduct interviews with the top candidates. The selection is based on a strong commitment to service, volunteering and extracurricular activities, and academic excellence.

Read about Chloe Kin who received the SECOR Scholarship in 2019, her story, as well as the previous recipients since 1992.