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United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC) believes that part of Living United means giving back to our community. A tangible way to make a positive change in Charlotte County is through volunteering.

Let us connect you to the opportunity that fits your schedule, your interests, and your skill set. Whether individually or as a group, your service to Charlotte County will make an impact!

  • Click on a link below to learn more about one-time, short-term, and long-term opportunities to give back.
  • Complete the form at the bottom of this page to be connected with the volunteer opportunity that fits best for YOU!


Suncoast Campaign logoIn one hour a week this summer, YOU can inspire a love of reading!

Charlotte County Reads* is seeking volunteers to guide students through the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge - THIS BOOK IS COOL! to encourage children to read, reducing the "summer slide". Reading buddies are needed at Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and Englewood summer camp locations from June 5 to August 10**. Volunteers will commit to participate one hour a week through the duration of the program, and will undergo a Level 2 background check.

Training for this summer opportunity will be held on June 1 from 10 am to 12 pm. 

Click the red button above or click here to sign up for the June 1st training.  The June 1st training is full. Please consider learning more about our school-year reading program.

*Charlotte County Reads is a collaboration between Charlotte County Public Schools, United Way of Charlotte County, YMCA of Southwest Florida, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlotte County.

**A shorter program is available at Sallie Jones Elementary, Peace River Elementary, and East Elementary (June 5 - July 12).

CCR logoReading Buddies for Charlotte County Reads are needed throughout the school year for Charlotte County Public School students. Share one hour of your week with a child and make an impact!

Training will be provided (date to be determined).

Please contact any of the individuals below for more information and to be on the list for the school year Reading Buddies training.

In-school Charlotte County Public School Volunteer Opportunities
Kim Amontree, kim.amontree@yourcharlotteschools.net, 941-456-8501

After-school Reading Mentor Opportunities
Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County at the Family Services Center, 21450 Gibralter, Port Charlotte
Lynn Dorler, 941-743-1507, lynn@bgcofcc.org

YMCA of Southwest Florida
Kristen Szych, 942-586-9889, KSzych@ymcaswfl.org

  • YMCA at Cooper Street - 650 Mary St, Punta Gorda
  • YMCA at Neil Armstrong Elementary, 22100 Breezeswept Ave, Port Charlotte
  • YMCA at Peace River Elementary, 4070 Beaver Ln, Port Charlotte
  • Franz Ross YMCA - serves Meadow Park Elementary School, 19333 Quesada Ave, Port Charlotte

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities
If you would like to be included in emails for these opportunities, please submit your contact information in the form below.

  • Stuff and deliver Kindergarten Readiness bags (February each year)
  • Volunteer at Pop-Up Neighbor events

Collect/Donate new books to:

  • Kids Thrive families (infant, toddler, & preschool) (drop off at UWCC office)
  • Lizzy the Literacy bus (school-age) (drop off at Boys & Girls Clubs)

Signature Volunteer Events

Day of Caring is an annual event that celebrates volunteerism by bringing together teams from local businesses, churches, families, and civic groups to create a positive impact on their community. Projects range anywhere from painting, landscaping, stuffing bags, cleaning, sorting, organizing, assembling, building, writing, encouraging and so much more.

Click the blue button above for more information, or complete the form below to sign up!

These volunteer panels determine how United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC) allocates local charitable dollars to break the cycle of poverty in Charlotte County.

UWCC uses volunteers to review grant requests, tour partner agencies, and make recommendations to the Community Impact Committee. You do not need any grant reviewing or non-profit experience to volunteer. If you would like to learn more about local health and human service programs, or how United Way dollars are being spent, this is a perfect way to get involved!

Click the blue button above for more information, or complete the form below to sign up!

United Way of Charlotte County Opportunities

Make a difference this tax season by serving as a VITA volunteer! We offer flexible hours — typically four to five hours per week from February through April — and no previous experience is required. Our volunteers receive free, specialized training and can serve in a variety of roles, including greeter, tax preparer, and quality reviewer.

Through the VITA program, you can help hard-working individuals and families in our community take advantage of every credit and deduction they qualify for and reinvest their refunds back into Charlotte County.

Contact us at 941-627-3539 for more information or complete the volunteer application below.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Basic computer proficiency
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to successfully complete IRS tax law and e-file training and certification program (tax preparers and quality reviewers only)

United Way of Charlotte County has an ongoing opportunity for office volunteers. This position would assist United Way staff with general office duties such as data entry, answering phones, assistance with mailings, help with filing and sorting of documents, light work in Microsoft Office programs, etc.

Those that are interested in fundraising activities can also assist with this process. This position is flexible, at your convenience.

If you are interested in a different type of volunteer opportunity, let us know and we will connect you with an appropriate organization in Charlotte County.

Complete this form to get connected to the right volunteer opportunity for YOU!