United Way Volunteer Center

Help transform our community. Volunteer.

Whether it’s reading with children, stocking shelves at a food pantry or delivering meals to home-bound seniors, volunteers are needed throughout our community everyday. Our Volunteer Center can match your interests and talents with the needs of more than 300 nonprofit organizations in Wichita and south central Kansas—including agencies not funded by United Way.


Volunteering is a great team-building activity that helps meet important needs in the community. Projects can be tailored for the unique needs of your group, including size, interests, schedule and location.

Corporate Engagement

Allow your employees to have an active role in your company’s social responsibility plan through volunteering. Volunteering enhances teamwork, strengthens morale and demonstrates your organization’s commitment to our community. It positions your company in a unique way to recruit and retain the next generation of employees. When you pair your employees’ passion with our knowledge of community needs, you’ll land on a meaningful project that creates lasting change.

Two women volunteering to cook a meal at a nonprofit.
Employees from a company volunteer together to help with landscaping at a local nonprofit.
Type of Volunteer Projects
  • Custom Volunteer Project – Our Volunteer Center can tailor a one-time volunteer project at a local nonprofit that fits the unique needs of your group, including size, interest area, schedule and location. We work with more than 300 nonprofits in Wichita and south central Kansas – including agencies not receiving United Way funding.
  • Day of Caring Event – Make a day of it! Let us organize a day of volunteer projects for your employees. We’ll coordinate a variety of projects at multiple nonprofits and provide an easy-to-use online portal for your group members to register for the project of their choice.
  • On-Site Volunteer Project – Need a project your staff can participate in without leaving the office? Contact Amy Hawley, United Way Volunteer Center Manager, at ahawley@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4217, to discuss.


Serve United is an initiative that brings together volunteers to support our community through United Way programs like Read to Succeed, Free Tax Prep, Point-in-Time Homeless Count and investment panels. This fosters a true “force for good” to drive an even greater impact in our region while offering opportunities to build community with like-minded individuals.

A group of Serve United members pose together.
A teen boy volunteers to help paint a house.


You’re never too young to make a difference. Community service and volunteer hours are important to help your college application stand out. Our Volunteer Center helps connect students with local volunteer needs. High School seniors in Sedgwick, Butler, Barber, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Pratt, Sumner and Reno counties are encouraged to apply for the Aaron Joel Smith Memorial Youth Volunteer Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding teen volunteers. Three scholarships are awarded annually in the amounts of $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000.


Here’s a taste of what the Volunteer Center helped our community accomplish in 2023:

volunteers connected to needs at local nonprofits
hours volunteered in the community through United Way
value of volunteer hours served in the community


Find a project for yourself or your family:

Ready to plan an epic group volunteer project? Want to know more about our teen volunteer opportunities? Contact Amy Hawley, Volunteer Center Coordinator, at ahawley@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4217.