We see ourselves as conveners, connecting organizations and experts with the resources they need. Nowhere is this collaborative spirit clearer than our volunteer program, Hands On Greater Portland. We are a nonprofit connecting volunteers to other nonprofits. We believe that doing good transforms our community and each of us individually. This belief comes alive when we connect volunteers with meaningful ways to help. Our Hands On Greater Portland team is integral to making this belief a reality. We work year-round to bring together individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact in our community. Through volunteering, these individuals not only contribute their time and skills but also experience personal growth and fulfillment.

Whether you are working, parenting, in school or retired, Hands On Greater Portland offers you a variety of ways to get involved while meeting your schedule and interests. Volunteer for a one-time project. Volunteer for a few weeks. Volunteer after work or on the weekends. Volunteer alone, with family, friends or co-workers. When you volunteer with Hands On Greater Portland, you join people from all backgrounds and experiences. You get a chance to explore issues that shape our community and develop your leadership and job skills. Get connected. Get more done. Have fun. You might even change the world!

Through our volunteerism initiatives, United Way:

  • Connects volunteers to volunteer opportunities through our Hands On Greater Portland program.
  • Connects area nonprofits to volunteers ready to make a difference.
  • Designs special volunteer days for local businesses.
  • Produces a concentrated week of community engagement for nonprofits, volunteers and businesses during Community Impact Week.

Volunteerism Stories


H.O.P.E: Supporting United Way Supports Others

Monday, Jan. 29, 2024

When you support United Way, it multiplies your impact and spreads that support to hundreds of other nonprofits in our community. Your support spreads hope, connection and caring to thousands of people in our region.


Community Impact Week 2023

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023

Each October, United Way and our dedicated volunteer branch, Hands On Greater Portland, unite community members across our four-county impact area, infusing energy into a myriad of volunteer events for diverse nonprofit

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