Volunteer Opportunities and Fundraisers



Preteens seeking a place to volunteer: The Community Shelter of Union County, located at 311 East Jefferson Street in Monroe lets chaperoned preteens (10 years old and up) volunteer:

Union County Community Shelter – Monroe

How You Can Help:
Volunteer in the Soup Kitchen. It is open 365 days a year and provides 3 meals a day.

Other needs: 





Bright Blessings – Matthews

Bright Blessings’ mission is to bring joy, care, and hope to homeless and impoverished children by mobilizing community volunteers of all ages. Bright Blessings offers a variety of projects and volunteer opportunities for all ages, whether you are an individual, a family or a small group. Volunteer opportunities exist on location, from your location, and at local shelters. See the link above for more information.

Your Group Service Event will be held at their volunteer facility, the Giving Village, and can accommodate up to 50 participants.  If your group has more than 30 volunteers, please contact our Development Associate for special accommodations. jason@brightblessingsusa.org



All youth volunteers must be at least 5 years of age. Any volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.  Youth ages 14  and older may volunteer independently with written permission from a parent or legal guardian.  Permission forms are available at Bright Blessings and must be completed and signed prior to volunteer service.


Union County Public Schools

A new school year brings new beginnings and new opportunities to make a difference in your community. Help start the 2018-19 school year off right by joining #TeamUCPS and playing a critical role in a young person’s life. With opportunities ranging from mentoring and tutoring to serving as a career day speaker or classroom assistant, there are a number of ways that you can get involved and help support UCPS schools and students.

Do you want to help instill a love of reading in young students?

UCPS’ Read with U program, a community-based reading initiative, pairs elementary students with community members. The program is simple: sign up to be a reading buddy this school year and spend 30 minutes each week reading with a first-grade student. This is a great opportunity to foster a lifelong love for reading in young students during one of their most exciting learning periods.

Considering one-on-one mentoring opportunities?

Mentoring is the perfect opportunity for you to empower students to make smart choices while also putting them on a path to making better life decisions.

According to the National Mentoring Partnership, young adults who are at risk for falling off track but have a mentor are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college, 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly and 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions. Make the decision this school year to be the difference a young person needs to succeed. Volunteer today to mentor a student at any one of  UCPS’ 53 schools.

Want to get involved in our schools, but don’t have time to leave your workplace during the day?

The TutorMate Online Literacy Program offers a unique opportunity for employees to help UCPS first graders build their literacy skills without ever leaving their workplace.

Simply log onto the TutorMate website during your scheduled 30-minute timeframe with a first grader each week and spend time reading together, playing literacy and educational games and more.

Please note that all new UCPS volunteers must apply, register and submit information for a background check. Once your application is approved, please feel free to contact our schools for specific volunteer opportunities.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit the UCPS volunteer website or contact your school’s volunteer coordinator.


Youth Sports Coaches Monroe

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department relies heavily on volunteer youth sports coaches to help provide participants with quality recreational experiences. Anyone interested in volunteering as a head or assistant coach should contact Rae Moore at 704-282-4663 or rlmoore@monroenc.org.


Literacy Volunteers of Union County – Monroe

We have a great need for folks to cover our office hours in Monroe, at 115 Henderson St. We would like to be open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 9 to 12, and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 PM.

Office work is answering phone calls, helping in the computer lab, and signing up people for training. We will always have at least two people in the office during our open hours.

We also need tutors. Training will be provided.

For more information, email LiteracyVolunteers@CommonHeart.org.


Lois’ Lodge Maternity Home

701 McNabb Court, Matthews, NC 28105

Volunteer Shift Coordinators Needed

Shift Coordinators will assist guest residents living in a 24hr/day maternity group home; transporting residents to nearby bus stop in Lois’ Lodge van, transport to ER (when needed), answer office phone and take detailed messages, great communication skills, light filing and organizing files/records.


    • Basic Computer Skills
    • People Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Verbal / Written Communication
    • Administrative Support


  • Social Work

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver’s License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • available to work 2hr- 4hr shifts
  • punctual and dependable to meet and provide the day to day needs of home and care of guest residents.


Senior Nutrition Services – Union County

Volunteers are needed to assist in serving lunch to participants at any one of the four nutrition sites throughout Union County. Volunteers are also needed to deliver meals on a route that can be completed in approximately one hour. See link above for more information.


Union County Division of Social Services Foster Caregivers – Union County

To provide foster care, one must be willing and able to provide a temporary home to a child when the child is unable to remain in his or her own home due to the parents’ inability to provide care for the child. Foster parents will complete 30 hours of free training which will equip them to handle the emotional needs of children in care, to administer appropriate discipline and to understand the types of children who are placed in foster care. See link above for more information.


Special Education Surrogate Parents

Union County

Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life? Must be caring and committed with time to share. Children who have disabilities are often in need of special education services. Some of these children have no parents and need a concerned volunteer who is willing to learn about their special needs. If you are an adult who is interested in helping represent a child’s need for services and interested in developing plans with service providers to meet those needs in the absence of their parents, please contact Janie Web, Exceptional Children Director at (704) 296-6384.


Union County Division of Social Services Volunteer Opportunities – Union County

Many opportunities exist to provide assistance for low-income families via the Christmas Bureau, food distribution, transportation services for medical and foster care needs, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and other programs. See link above for more information.


The Arc of Union/Cabarrus – Union County

See link above for more information. Types of volunteers needed:

Operation Arc Angel
The holidays will be here quicker than you know it! If you, your family, or your place of business would like to sponsor a person with a developmental disability (child or adult) this December, please let us know.

Help With Aktion Clubs
The Aktion Club is a group of self-determined and empowered adults with developmental disabilities. As self-advocates, they strive to end discrimination and make a change for the better in the way society views people with disabilities. The Aktion Club members have united to lobby for their rights, develop friendships, learn about community resources, contribute, and become part of the community. Many times volunteers are needed to assist with Aktion Club projects.

Join The Board Of Directors
Board members help to secure support for The Arc mission and cause within the community through their various connections and networks. The board also engages in and supports fundraising efforts. The board meets monthly.

Assist With Special Event Planning
As a non-profit agency, The Arc of Union/Cabarrus is always looking for dedicated individuals to help advance their mission through hosting special events and fundraisers.  

Become A Member
By joining the network of more than 140,000 members and more than 700 affiliated chapters across the United States, you will become part of the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet their needs in every community in our nation.  Membership connects you to others who share your beliefs and your challenges. Members are parents, family members, self-advocates (individuals with disabilities) and advocates who work to assure that children and adults with disabilities have every opportunity to lead full, rich lives in the community with the supports and services that they need.


Common Heart  – Indian Trail

We do a lot of different things so we need all kinds of different volunteers. See link above for more information.

Program area volunteers: Common Cupboard – Delivery, Grocery Rescue, Pantry worker Common Things Thrift Store – Clerk, donation processing, customer service, etc.

Administrative area volunteers: Receptionist, office assistant, project managers, special event planners.

Specialized talents: finance, web design, network administrator, videographer, board members, tax preparers (training provided), etc.

Special Events Volunteers: volunteers to assist with the planning and execution of the banquet, fundraisers, special distributions. Volunteers to staff food drives.

Donate food to Common Cupboard or clothing & other items to the Common Things Thrift Store.


Carolina Waterfowl Rescue – Indian Trail

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR) is an all-volunteer group that donates their time, money and expertise to helping North Carolina’s birds in need. Volunteer opportunities include:

Outside Animal Care – Provide animals in the outside cage facility with food, water and a clean cage. You must commit to at least one shift a week for 2 hours.

First Responder – be trained to arrive on the scene of an injured or orphaned animal, assess whether it actually needs help, safely capture it and bring it back to the facility for care.

Transport Drivers – Take injured animals to veterinary appointments, to the sanctuary, release sites and other facilities.

Community Coordinators – Help CWR maintain and build online communities through Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites. Also, cross-posting on Craig’s List and other free classified to help obtain donations and other materials. If you’re spending time online and like dealing with people this job is for you!

Adoption Coordinators – Assist with the placement of exotic and domestic animals. You would be accepting applications, doing home checks and making sure animals are going to an appropriate loving home. Adoption coordinators can assist with their local area or all over the state.

Fund Raising – You can assist with holding fundraisers, bake sales, collecting ink cartridges and cell phone or just about anything you can dream up!

Educational Ambassadors – Visit schools, scout troops and other groups to talk about wildlife and our environment. If you are going to school for environmental studies, teaching or just want to work with the animals this is a great opportunity for you!

Hotline Volunteers – Assist callers with orphaned or injured animal, provide referrals to other rescuers and give out nuisance wildlife advice. This is a great opportunity to work from any location, making phone calls from any phone.


Misty Meadows Mitey RidersWeddington

Mitey Riders offers equine-assisted activities for children with special needs which positively affect a rider’s posture, balance, strength, focus, coordination, flexibility, self-awareness, confidence, and sense of independence. Riders experience social and emotional growth gained from the bonds they create with their horses and people at our facility. 
No matter what your skills or special talents are it is likely that there is a place and a need for them at Mitey Riders. Volunteer opportunities include:

Lesson Volunteers
These are the volunteers who work directly with the riders and the horses in class. One can choose to be a Horse Leader, a Sidewalker or both. Training is provided for all lesson volunteers.

Barn Team
For those volunteers who want to really get “up close and personal” with the horses and/or increase their horse handling skills, this is the perfect job. These volunteers provide special horse and stall care for their assigned horse each week. 

Facility Management
From painting to irrigating to building fences to cleaning and everything in between – we have endless volunteer opportunities for “handy” individuals or groups that want to work together on a project. 

Office Volunteers
These very important volunteers help with an array of tasks – including bulk mailings, photocopying, filing, word processing, computer/systems support and answering the phones. It is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for people who may not be keen about being around horses or may need to limit their physical activity but still really want to lend a hand.

Fundraising and Special Event Volunteers
Mitey Riders can always use volunteers to help plan and implement fundraising and other special events. These are fun and rewarding opportunities to be creative and really bring a project to fruition. Such events make an impact in drawing the community’s attention and support to the Mitey Riders.

Special Skills
If you possess skills or professional/technical experience that may benefit Mitey Riders, such as photography, grant writing, computer knowledge, use this contact link.


Community Link NC

See link above for more information. Kinds of volunteers needed:

Tax Preparers (training provided): Every tax filing season hundreds of local volunteers help low-to-moderate income individuals prepare and e-file their taxes at no cost to them.  Training will begin in late December/early January.

Financial Coaches (training provided): Stretch a mind to exercise good financial decisions. You’ll meet monthly with a Community Link customer to mentor them on basic financial decision-making and help that individual build a better future.  Become a trusted friend to help a customer on their journey to housing self-sufficiency, addressing areas such as developing and following a budget, decreasing debt, and increasing savings.

Guest Services Members: If you enjoy greeting, talking with people, and administrative work, this is the role for you! You will be the first face and voice that customers experience when they come to Community Link for help.

      • Availability: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


    • Time commitment: Two-hours per week, time varies on your availability.

Committee Service: Serving behind-the-scenes and networking might be your passion. Share your expertise on one of our organizational committees (audit, endowment, finance, human resources, marketing/development, strategic planning, Sweet Escapes fundraiser).

    • Availability: Ongoing, monthly
    • Time commitment: varies by committee 


Loaves and Fishes of Union County – Monroe

See link above for more information. The pantry located in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 116 S. Church Street is open to accept donations and serve agency referred clients from 10 am until noon Monday – Thursday & Saturday. Volunteers are needed to:

      • Volunteer for a weekly, monthly, or every other week 2 or 3 hour shift


      • Set up a delivery of large food donations.


    • If you have a truck, be a buyer one day every few weeks. .



Operation Reach Out – Monroe

See link above for more information. Operation Reach Out has a food pantry and also provide s emergency funds for food, clothing, medicine, fuel as well as Christian counseling. Volunteers are needed to:

    • Volunteer at Operation Reach Out or Finders Keepers
    • Donate items to Finders Keepers (call 704-289-4237 to schedule a pick up)
    • Donate food to Joseph’s Pantry
    • Encourage your school, church and other organizations to have a non-perishable food drive
    • Provide lunch for the weekday Bible study
    • Pray for the ministries and clients.


JAARS  – Waxhaw

JAARS’ mission is to make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth. JAARS has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in multiple departments. They need everyday, hands-on skills, as well as technical, logistical, and professional skills. There are also opportunities to bring a mission team from your church to help with needed projects at our campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Finally, if you would like to serve overseas for up to two weeks, enriching missionary kids’ lives and helping them with their unique situations, you can apply to serve on a Refuge 139 trip. See link above for more information.


Signposts Ministries – Monroe

Signposts Ministries is always in need of volunteers that can spend time with the families they are serving.  Many talents and skills are needed, including childcare, website management, administrative tasks, writing, home repair, financial advice, graphic design and event planning. Use the contact form on the homepage to request information about current projects you can invest in.


Matthews HELP CenterMatthews

Matthews HELP Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to match the interest of anyone 14 years of age or older. Volunteers normally work one four-hour shift per week. See link above for more information.
Some of the volunteer opportunities available are: Thrift Shop Worker, Food Pantry Volunteer, Perishable Food Pick-Up and Handyperson. Donations of clothing and household items are also needed.


Turning Point NC – Monroe

Turning Point is a group of committed professionals, volunteers, and survivors who strive to provide victims of domestic violence with the skills, encouragement, and confidence to break free from the cycle of domestic violence. All volunteers participate in comprehensive training that includes the fundamentals of domestic violence, agency policies and procedures and the necessity for strict confidentiality. In addition, volunteers will take part in thorough training relative to the specific job they are interested in.

Ways You Can Help
Administration: Perform administrative duties as assigned by Turning Point staff.
Child Care: Offer constructive and age-appropriate activities for the children.
Facility Maintenance: Perform routine cleaning, lawn care, and repairs to shelter as needed.
Receptionist: Responsible for answering the telephones and greeting all visitors, donors, staff, and clients.
Companion: Provides accompaniment and/or advocacy for a crisis response to our hospitals and hotline for sexual assault/child sexual abuse victims.
Food Services: Provide a nutritious meal for the clients.
Event Planning: Helps plan events and fundraisers.
Thrift Store/Donations: Offer customer service, manage inventory, and help with the display of clothing and accessories; help sort and receive donations and supervise clients in the donation building for shopping.
Community Outreach: Educate the community about domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, distributing Turning Point literature to local businesses, organizations and community events.



Circle of Parents – Monroe

Circle of Parents® provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers for special needs children.  It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising special needs children. Volunteer caregivers are needed two Fridays each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Mikayla Robins, Circle of Parents Facilitator at mrobins@thearcisthere.org or 704-261-1550 ext: 206 for more information or to volunteer.


Thompson Services – Matthews

Thompson is a non-profit organization operating across the Carolinas, each providing comprehensive education, treatment, and care for children (birth to 18 years) in need.

Many volunteer opportunities exist, such as: Classroom Enrichment Assistant, Donation Room Assistant, Bike Repair Volunteer, Naptime Monitor, Classroom Assistant, Gardening Volunteer, Office Assistant and Seasonal Volunteers. See link above for more information.


Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry – Monroe

The mission of Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry is to help families with an urgent financial emergency to meet essential life needs and to become self-sufficient.

Volunteers are needed for: Clerical (data entry, filing, etc.), Fundraising (work on special events) and Food Pantry (conduct food drives and help organize food pantry). See the link above for more information.


Union-Anson County Habitat for HumanityMonroe

There are many ways to get involved and volunteer with Union Habitat for Humanity, including, deconstruction, building, home repair and providing lunch for volunteers. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Coordinator Keturah Key at (704)296-9414 Ext.811 or by emailing her at kkey@unionhabitat.org.

Those interested in donating good quality new or used items such as cabinets, light fixtures or building materials, should contact Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at (704) 289-6067.


HELP Pregnancy Center – Monroe

Faithful volunteers counsel, work at the front desk, clean the building, conduct building maintenance, organize clothes, teach classes, watch children, perform ultrasounds, do pregnancy tests, act as ambassadors for the Pregnancy Center, and so much more. See link above for more information.


Council on Aging in Union County – Monroe

Volunteers needed for minor home repairs, yard work, office/clerical, teaching classes, Medicare counseling, preparing meals, planning/leading activities, companionship and light cleaning. See link above for more information.


Paws4Life – Indian Trail

As is the case with many animal welfare organizations, volunteers play a big role in their mission and success of that mission. Listed below are areas where volunteers are needed:

Fostering; transporting pets to or from another shelter, vets, adoption events, etc.; preparing photos and biographies for adoption website; writing & sending newsletters, hunting for coupons and deals; fundraising & event coordination; finding local business sponsors; website expertise; legal services; grant application writer. See link above for more information.


Humane Society of Union CountyMonroe

Foster caregivers, vet assistants, event assistants and people to make treat bags and pet toys are needed. The Humane Society of Union County Education Committee is also looking for volunteers to contact area schools, church groups, and daycares to set up appointments for the Education Committee to present information on caring for animals. See link above for more information.