Volunteer Connections

United Way and Volunteers United

Volunteers United presents ...

Volunteer Connections — "Making a difference by building friendships and serving others." 

Welcome to our new Volunteer Connections Program!  

In an effort to build community while lending a helping hand, United Way of Hancock County Ambassador Volunteers will host a service opportunity each month. Volunteering is an incredible way to build friendships, learn new skills, and feel good as you make a difference in our community.  

We will help at different agencies or events, and the opportunities will be held at varying times so that you can get involved no matter your schedule. 

Those who participate each quarter will be invited to a social gathering at the United Way office.

Our United Way Volunteer Ambassadors are crucial to this program. Volunteer Ambassadors meet monthly with our Volunteer Coordinator and serve on our Volunteers United Committee to help guide the direction of our programming and offer insight. They assist in planning and hosting Volunteer Connections events, are advocates for the United Way and our mission to measurably improve people’s lives in Hancock County, and are generally awesome people. We can’t wait for you to meet them! 

Upcoming monthly events are as follows:

Jan. 26 – 12:45-3:15pm 

CHOPIN Hall Food Distribution, 1800 N. Blanchard St., Suite 125 

Volunteers will distribute boxes of food to those who need it, put together hygiene kits, sort canned goods and help with organizing. Sign up here. 

Feb. 14 – 10-11:30am  

Valentine’s United, United Way of Hancock County Office, 318 W. Main Cross St. (second floor)

Assemble Valentine's Day-themed flower arrangements and crafts for the United Way's Senior Cheer program. All supplies will be provided. The cheer created during our time together will be delivered to a local nursing home to brighten many seniors' days!  Sign up here. 

March 11 – 9-11am 

Assist with Christian Clearing House Benefit Garage Sale, Brinkman's Greenhouse, 1800 E. Sandusky St. 

Receive donations coming in for the garage sale, clean the items, and help organize them. The sale is CCH’s largest fundraiser of the year.  Sign up here to help!

March – TBA 

Social Gathering

April 1 – 9-11am 

Volunteer Connections - Family Volunteering Event

Kids will get a chance to learn about volunteering how they can help others and brighten another person's day. Stations will be set up where children will create an Easter basket gift to be given to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels through 50 North. Kids will create a card and a decoration for their basket, and will place a piece of fruit, donated by UWHC partner agency West Ohio Food Bank, inside the basket. There will be a station where kids can hear a book about volunteering and discuss what makes a volunteer, as well as games, family photos and drawings for prizes. The event is made possible through a partnership with the University of Findlay, West Ohio Food Bank, 50 North and the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. 

Date: April 1

Time: 9-11am

Ages: 4-12

Location: University of Findlay's Alumni Union, multi-purpose room

One parent must be present per family.

May 13 

Stamp Out Hunger 


Volunteers will help with Hotdog Mondays and the serving window at City Mission, 510 W. Main Cross St. The event will take place June 12, 10:30am-1pm or 12-1:30pm. Two slots are open for each time. Email sarah.mayle@uwhancock.org if you would like to help. 


Summer break


Please Join Volunteers United For a Family Volunteering Event!

During this Volunteer Connections event from 9am-12pm Aug. 7, families will sort donated school supplies and fill backpacks for Hancock County children in need through Christian Clearing House's Stuff the Bus program. The event, also held in conjunction with Stonebridge Church, will take place at the church, 2111 Stonebridge Drive. All ages welcome; must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up here. UWHC Volunteer Ambassadors will be there to welcome and assist you. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn the joy of service!


Join our Volunteer Connections Team for Days of Caring!

During this monthly Volunteer Connections opportunity, we will join another UWHC event, Days of Caring. 

Volunteer Ambassador Maria will lead this group on Monday, Sept. 18 from 8am-12pm. Teams and projects are being matched now; our project will be assigned at the end of August / early September. Please indicate on this signup if you require any physical restriction, such as no heavy lifting or heights and we will match the project accordingly. Maria will volunteer alongside the team and will reach out with project details when they become available. Sign up and mark your calendar for a great day now!  Click here to learn more about Days of Caring.

October through December