Take Action. Give the Gift of You.
Join the United Way and these Special Volunteer Opportunities.

Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents. Things we can do to help. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether it’s reading to children, leading financial literacy classes for hard-working families, or delivering meals to home-bound seniors, there are volunteer opportunities available every day.

Visit United Way’s HandsOn Suncoast Action Center for Fun, Flexible Volunteering.
United Way’s HandsOn Suncoast Action Center is proud to be an affiliate of the HandsOn Network.

The Financial Coaching Program trains and partners volunteers with those ready to take control of their financial situation.

Together they collaborate on the development of an action plan and appropriate steps needed to achieve their financial goals.

Get a Coach

Need help with budgeting, understanding your credit report or every day savings tips? Financial coaching may be good for you. You will be paired with a trained volunteer coach in your community to work on the areas you choose. The relationship and topics will be chosen by you. The coach-client partnership should last a minimum of six months and you will meet with your coach once per month for about an hour. Apply to be matched with a financial coach to help navigate challenges and issues to achieve financial stability. (A Program Coordinator will follow up with you after review of the application)

Be a Coach

As a United Way Financial Coach, you’ll be paired with motivated individuals to help them navigate through financial crisis, build a working budget, eliminate debt, establish a plan for college or retirement, and manage other financial challenges they face.

Financial coaching is a great way to develop a meaningful relationship with someone in your community while helping to spread important information about financial literacy and planning. While no previous experience is necessary, an interest in personal finance, budgeting, banking or economics is helpful for this role.  Once you complete the application, a Program Coordinator will contact you and you will receive a list of training dates.  After you complete the 6-hour training curriculum, you will be paired with a client.  The coach-client relationship should last a minimum of six months and you’ll be expected to meet with your client once a month for an hour. Apply today to help change a life.

CLICK HERE for upcoming training dates, times, and locations

CLICK HERE to volunteer

We Need Your Help

The Free Tax Preparation Program is in need of volunteers to train as tax preparers, greeters, and interpreters.

The Free Tax Preparation Program connects low-income residents in the Suncoast Region with trained volunteer tax preparers who file their tax returns for free. This is a great opportunity for you, your friends, family, or co-workers to help low-to-moderate income households receive free tax preparation services and tax advantage of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

There are several volunteer locations throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto counties offering day, evening, and weekend opportunities.

Tax Help Volunteer Opportunities

Tax Preparers provide a service which benefits over 16,000 working families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto counties by accurately preparing and e-filing tax returns.

Greeters welcome taxpayers as they arrive, verify that they have all required documents and information, and ensure that they fill out the necessary intake forms.

Interpreters can assist at various levels – prepare taxes, greet taxpayers or interpret only. Bilingual volunteers are needed at all sites, with a higher need in areas such as Plant City, Ruskin, and West Tampa.

Volunteers will receive between four and thirty hours of training (depending on the volunteer position selected) and will volunteer at one of the free tax locations during the tax filing season from mid-January through mid-April.


Simply complete the Tax Volunteer Application form and a United Way representative will be in touch soon!

For questions on volunteering, email VolunteerVITA@UWSuncoast.org or call Margarita Perez at 813-274-0920.

Help Suncoast Families Access Money for College.

United Way Suncoast needs FAFSA Assistance Volunteers to assist students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each year, over $16.5 million in college grants is left on the table in Desoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties because almost half of our low-income graduates don’t complete the FAFSA. Join us and connect families to the financial aid they need to make dreams come true!


Simply complete the FAFSA Volunteer Application form and a United Way representative will be in touch soon!

For questions on volunteering, email FAFSAVolunteer@UWSuncoast.org or call Margarita Perez at 813-274-0920.


Read with Children!

ReadingPals is a tutoring and mentoring program provided to students in Pre-K through 3rd grade that need a little extra support when it comes to reading.

It is important for students to be proficient readers by 4th grade, otherwise they are four times more likely to not graduate from high school on time or at all. Our students are spread across Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee counties. We have both in- and after-school programs where we need volunteers to read with students, listen to them read and play literacy games.


CLICK HERE to see locations and to learn more about ReadingPals.

Come Together as One for Day of Caring, October 12, 2018.

Now is the time to begin planning your Day of Caring volunteer experience.  Workplace teams across DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties are forming now to spend October 12 doing something special for the community.

This year will bring you and your volunteer team together with projects most non profit agencies could never undertake on their own. From weeding and planting at a neighborhood school, to scrubbing and painting the walls at a daycare or conducting mock interviews for low-income job seekers, to resume building — whatever the choice, you and your team can be the architects that help us build a better Suncoast region.


To register a team (minimum 4 people) or get more information on our Day of Caring projects, please CLICK HERE.
Or contact the United Way Suncoast Day of Caring team at DayofCaring@uwsuncoast.org or 813-274-0932.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Workplace Campaigns.

To learn about the Volunteer Management Certificate Program, click here.