There is goodness in everyone. When it activates and truly comes alive, great things can happen.

The best way we know to bring it out is to volunteer. Whether it’s for an hour, a day, once a week or once a month, you can create a tremendous impact on another person’s life.

Read more about our volunteer opportunities in DC and surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland, below.

Individual Volunteers

Corporate Volunteers

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Whether you have volunteered with United Way NCA in the past or are a new volunteer, please sign up on our volunteer platform here to access and sign up for current in-person volunteer opportunities.

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DC & Surrounding Regions

Below you will find available volunteer opportunities around the DC area and surrounding regions that are organized by United Way NCA. We offer ways to get involved by creating notecards, packing kits for those in need and assisting with our economic opportunity programs. Whether you have volunteered with United Way NCA in the past, are a new volunteer or are interested in corporate volunteer opportunities, please navigate to the volunteer program of interest to sign up.

DC and Surrounding Areas Volunteer Opportunities

Acts of Kindness

Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make all the difference. Many in our community have faced great turmoil during the ongoing pandemic, and taking a moment to show local students, seniors, frontline workers and veterans that the community cares can put a bright spot in their day. Take a moment to show your support by writing a note of encouragement!

Education & Literacy

One of United Way NCA’s three pillars of impact is education, focusing on middle schoolers in Title I schools throughout our region. Help students in need advance their education by volunteering to create a financial literacy kit or a school-preparedness kit, which provides essential tools necessary for children to be successful in school.

Basic Needs

For many in our community, especially members of the ALICE population, meeting basic needs on a low income is not possible. You can make a difference by supporting community members in need! From healthy meals and snacks to hygiene kits and cold-weather kits, United Way NCA volunteer opportunities provide basic needs and more to those who need it most.


Bring encouragement to veterans in our area! Many veterans transitioning into civilian life are in need of typical household items to help them get started in their new homes. Volunteer with us to prepare Veteran Move-In Kits, which include items such as sponges, dish towels, bedsheets, laundry baskets and more.

Coaching & Mentoring

Use your expertise for good! Whether you are a business owner or a professional high up in their career, you can help community members advance their own careers through volunteer opportunities like resume writing, career days and more. With the support of community members like you, we can advance the economic opportunity of the National Capital Area.

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

As COVID-19 continues to affect communities in our area, we encourage willing Washington, DC area volunteers to contribute where they can. You can review our programs above to find where you can volunteer to help people impacted by COVID-19 or donate to COVID-19 relief. Stay up to date on future volunteer opportunities in DC by subscribing to our quarterly newsletter.

We offer volunteer opportunities in Washington, DC and surrounding regions in Maryland and Virginia for groups and individuals, as well as service opportunities in the surrounding areas. Volunteer with one of our member nonprofit organizations in any of the 11 regions we serve:

Alexandria, Arlington, Culpeper County, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Prince William County and Rappahannock County.


Corporate Volunteer Opportunities in DC, Maryland and Virginia

For employers, organizing a group corporate volunteer opportunity can be a rewarding and empowering experience for everyone involved. Corporate volunteering can improve employee morale and strengthen your business’s relationship with the surrounding community.

United Way NCA offers various corporate volunteer opportunities for groups in Washington, DC and surrounding regions in Maryland and Northern Virginia. If you are a company that wishes to plan a corporate volunteer event with a nonprofit organization in the Washington, DC region, please fill out the Corporate Volunteer Request Form linked below and our team will get in touch with you.


We also offer Workplace Campaigns that allow businesses in Washington, DC and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia to channel time and effort into contributions for specific causes and charitable organizations.

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