You answer the call for help. You roll up your sleeves and pitch in where needed. You lock arms with others to make our community better. Every year, thousands of local people give their time, talent, and resources to improve Buffalo and Erie County. 

We connect individuals and businesses to volunteering opportunities that strengthen our community, improve health and human services, and decrease operating costs for area nonprofits. We offer a variety of ways to volunteer including virtual and remote opportunities, projects that can be completed in the office or at home, and traditional hands-on opportunities. 


Volunteering helps companies build teamwork, corporate citizenship, and community goodwill. Whether you're looking for a one-day project or an ongoing involvement, we can connect you with opportunities that match your expertise, interests, and availability through one of our initiatives listed below. 


Business Meets Community - Our Business Meets Community program makes it easy for small or large groups of employees to become engaged, gives your organization a visible, involved presence while serving our community, and connects your company with a volunteer project that best suits your needs & schedule. Fill out our form to get started. 


Service To Go - Service to Go curated projects are designed to be completed from your home or office. You bring the supplies and the manpower and we connect you to agencies in need. Our current lineup of Service To Go projects include: 

  • Birthday in a Bag
  • Handmade Greeting Cards
  • Healthy Snack Packs
  • Personal Essentials Kits
  • The Sandwich Project
  • T-Shirt Bags

Corporate Volunteer Sponsorship Program - Your company or organization can get involved at a deeper level and support additional volunteer opportunities in our community.  Highlight your company values and offer unique and exclusive volunteer opportunities to your employees including: 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Opportunites 
  • Volunteer Appreciation Month Opportunites 
  • Early Childhood School Supply Drive
  • Holiday Acts of Service Opportunites


We offer several opportunities throughout the year for individuals to get connected with their community and give back by volunteering. Pick the one that best fits your interests, abilities, and schedule. 


VolunteerWNY - VolunteerWNY is your one-stop-shop for anything and everything related to volunteerism in Western New York. VolunteerWNY (a collaboration between The Service Collaborative of WNY and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County) connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities offered by non-profits, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions. Click here to get started. 


Service To Go - Individuals are welcome to complete a Service To Go project. Use the links above to get started. 


Giving Communities - United Way Giving Communities, Women United and Next Generation United, are always looking for motivated individuals to join their committees. If you are interested in getting more involved in helping to shape programming and networking with a group of like-minded individuals, Giving Communities are a great place to start. Learn more about them by visiting their websites using the following links: Women United | Next Generation United


Community Baby Shower Host a community baby shower and collect items to help at-risk mothers and their babies. The 2021 Community Baby Shower will take place May 3 - June 7. Learn more here. 


Family Volunteer Season - Family Volunteer Season gives families an opportunity to volunteer and learn about community service together. Volunteering as a family provides quality time, strengthens communication, and offers opportunities for family members to be role models while making significant contributions to our community. Learn more here