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Welcome Back, Returning Tax Volunteers - Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS)

FOR: Returning or experienced VITA volunteers. Welcome back! We appreciate your continued Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer service with the local tax coalition. Let's get you re-oriented to the program locally! We'll walk you through how to register for a tax site again on our website, provide details specifically about returning volunteer training, and will leave time for questions. Note: These are all ONLINE ONLY sessions, which means that you can simply join us from the comfort of your home or office! You will get a reminder email with the Zoom information as we get closer to the event date!

Online ONLY via Zoom (Virtual)

10/13/20 5:30 PM + more

Orientation for New Tax Volunteers - Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS)

FOR: Completely new volunteers. Learn about volunteering with Earn It! Keep It! Save It! - a free VITA tax preparation service powered by United Way Bay Area. This orientation will give an overview of the Bay Area-wide program, walk you through how to register for a tax site on our website, provide details about training, and will leave time for questions. Orientation is highly recommended for new volunteers! Note: These are all ONLINE ONLY orientations, which means that you can simply join us from the comfort of your home or office! After you register for an orientation, click the link shown under the "Address" section of your confirmation email and follow the instructions for joining the webinar! More information about volunteering can be found at https://earnitkeepitsaveit.org/new-volunteer/.

Online ONLY via Zoom (Virtual)

10/21/20 5:30 PM + more

Winter Wonderland Planning Volunteers

Do you love being involved with Adopt-a-Families? Were you involved with a past Winter Wonderland? This winter, United Way Bay Area will host our 5th annual Winter Wonderland. Due to Covid-19, it will be held virtually. We're looking for volunteers to be a part of the planning committee. The planning committe will help to recruit families, post the youth needs on our Roonga Adopt-a-Family platform, organize family distribution, and host small "wrapping parties" for groups who want to wrap their items as a team. Winter Wonderland is a great opportunity for volunteers will purchase $100 worth of gifts for 100 youth ages 4 – 18. Volunteers purchase new gifts from a variety of places and label with the age.Please contact me for more details or to be involved in the early stages.

San Francisco, CA

Through 11/25/20

Mask Makers (Virtual Opportunity)

UWBA is looking for generous volunteers to help with the shortage of masks in the Bay Area. If you have access to fabric and a sewing machine, your donation of cloth face masks can be very helpful as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) weighs its recommendation on use. Masks will be given to the homeless, families, and on-site volunteers to minimize the spread of COVID-19. (These will NOT be used by medical professionals and are not considered medical grade.) Please express interest to let us know that you will be sending masks and to get the next steps. We will set-up various drop off for you to deliver them. If you are unable to sew, but want to donate new 100% material please let us know. Thank you in advance for helping United Way to fight Covid-19. UWBA team United Way Bay Area is a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area poverty. We’re harnessing the collective power of nonprofits, government, corporations, labor and thousands of individuals to create change through giving, advocating, and volunteering.  Every year, our programs – SparkPoint, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, 211,  Census, EFSP/EAN, and youth programs – help more than 250,000 Bay Area residents. We connect people to food and shelter, put people back to work, bring tax dollars back to our community, help youth succeed in school and in the workplace, and move people toward financial stability. Founded in 1922, United Way Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano Counties. For more information, visit uwba.org. 

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer In-Person During Covid-19

Volunteer for one of our partner agencies. See the opportunities below and you can reach out to them directly. In-Person Volunteer Opportunities Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP): Support UWBA’s capacity to meet basic needs of the families most affected by the economic effects of the coronavirus spread-prevention measures such as assistance with food deliver, preparation, sorting, and other in-person volunteer opportunities. Check out the agencies below for their in-person opportunities. Alameda County Community Food Bank: Please visit their volunteer page. Alameda County St. Vincent de Paul: Looking for groups of 5 individuals to help prepare take-away lunches. The shifts are Mondays 1:30 – 4:30 pm and Tuesdays - Saturdays 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Contact jsterns@svdp-alameda.org. Building Futures for Women & Children (Alameda County): Contact Ana Maria at amahiri@bfwc.org Loaves & Fishes (Santa Clara County): Looking for 4-5 volunteers to assemble lunches. Contact Angela at angela@loavesfishes.org or at their website. Martha’s Kitchen (San Jose): Contact bill@marthas-kitchen.org for more details. Peninsula Food Runners (Santa Clara County): Volunteers can sign up at website here or contact support@peninsulafoodrunners.org. San Francisco Marin Food Bank: Looking for volunteers to support with food sorting, packaging, etc. in-person. Visit website for more details. Second Harvest Food Bank (San Mateo/Santa Clara): Visit here for more details.

Through 10/29/20

Come volunteer for STEM!

After participating in this summer's Global Tech Slam UWBA is committed to finding volunteers to help with future workshops. This fall UWBA will provide youth and their families opportunities to learn more about personal finances and UWBA services. Given that schools are closed for in-person activities for the remainder of the school year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to leverage some creative platforms to deliver some educational opportunities to what might be a broader youth population. Organizing partners include The Hidden Genius Project, Opportunity Youth, SFUSD Career Pathways students, and others. We are offering the lessons via a webinar or "live" format, to allow young adult attendees to work directly with volunteers. Career Exploration Workshops is designed to allow young people to explore various industries through distance learning activities from a multitude of perspectives. The intent is for participants to leave the experience feeling not only as though there are a host of exciting opportunities for them in the tech space, but also that they themselves have much to offer. Presentation: Each session centers on a specific topic of more "holistic" relevance Content for each session is delivered by a subject matter expert with enthusiasm for sharing about what they do with young people Each session involves host or leader to facilitate Sessions last no longer than 35-45 minutes, maximum Themes may be repeated dependind Dates: September 25, October 22 11am - 1pm This opportunity is still in development. We are looking for companies to tell us more about what presentations or curriculum they have available or can provide. Thank you in advance for connecting with us!

Through 12/17/20

Digital Equity Volunteer

We're looking for Digital Equity Volunteers! Do you have a gift of teaching new learners? Have you worked with technologically-challenged individuals? Join UWBA's partners as we are creating a cohort of volunteers to help bridge the digital divide for our clients during this time of COVID-19. Our clients are sheltering-in-place and still need to connect with their coaches and other resources to help them become more economically stable. Our clients need help with: Operating their devices on a basic level in order to both maintain contact with their coaches Help them to navigate websites to connect them to resources. And that’s where you come in: Important Skills English & Spanish speaking Intermediate to Advanced background knowledge in supporting the use and troubleshooting of mobile devices, computers & networks Cultural sensitivity to working with diverse populations in need You should be adept and resourceful with IT troubleshooting Super-patient, resilient and reassuring in handling and managing client frustrations with technology Sensitive to the cultural and societal dynamics in delivering assistance to clients in need. Have reliable computer and internet If you feel you meet the skills above or you're will to learn please express interest below. After expressing interest, please send you're resume to atimms@uwba.org ----------- United Way Bay Area is a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area poverty. We’re harnessing the collective power of nonprofits, government, corporations, labor and thousands of individuals to create change through giving, advocating, and volunteering.  Every year, our programs – SparkPoint, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, 211,  Census, EFSP/EAN, and youth programs – help more than 250,000 Bay Area residents. We connect people to food and shelter, put people back to work, bring tax dollars back to our community, help youth succeed in school and in the workplace, and move people toward financial stability. Founded in 1922, United Way Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano Counties. For more information, visit uwba.org.  As an intermediary we engage employer partners, volunteers, educational institutions and CBO’s to improve life outcomes for youth. We work to decrease barriers and increase career exposure in youth to ensure better career development opportunities that lead to economic prosperity. We do this through:​ Providing interactive approaches to connect the dots of career development.​ Facilitating job shadows and career exploration events both inside & outside of the community. ​ Hosting hiring events and executing Business Pathways.​ Operating as a convener, fundraiser, event planner and technical assistance pro

Through 9/30/20

Come Help Census Get an Accurate Count as an Outreach Volunteer!

Help support a complete and accurate count of our communities! The 2020 Census wraps up on September 30 and we are making a final push towards ensuring everyone is included. Census 2020: The 2020 Census is our once-in-a-decade chance to ensure every community member is included in the funding and policy decisions that impact our daily lives. Each year, $1.5 trillion in federal resources for healthcare, free/reduced school lunches, housing, and social services are all allocated to communities in part by the census count. Public health research, pandemic, and wildfire relief will all rely on a complete and accurate snapshot of our communities. Did you know that the 2020 Census was extended due to the pandemic to the end of October, and then abruptly cut short to September 30? At this point, just a little over 70% of the Bay Area has responded, but in neighborhoods in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, we’re looking at response rates of 40%, 50%, and 60%. These communities risk dire consequences of under-resourcing and under-representation for the next decade due to an undercount. The Census Bureau is now sending workers to visit non-responding households and collect census responses in person but given the shortened timeline and environmental barriers such as COVID and the wildfires, we need all hands on deck to support this outreach. Get Involved: UWBA is seeking volunteers who can help conduct outreach to households in low-responding neighborhoods. The goal is to inform them of what to expect when Census Takers visit their homes and to encourage them to respond to the census on their own if they are able. Phone banking (August & September) Requirements: Ages 15+, access to a phone that can download the Census PDI app (training provided), access to a calling device (volunteers will be using their own phone numbers). Multilingual speakers a plus! Time Commitment: Flexible schedule – we can accommodate as little or as much time as you can give, when you can give it! Training: Watch a 30-minute pre-recorded virtual training video. Assignment: Volunteers will be provided with phone scripts and phone numbers. When possible, volunteers will be assigned call areas within their county. No-knock canvassing with door-hangers (September) Requirements: Ages 15+, physical ability to walk through neighborhoods, climb stairs; commitment to public health and safety protocols; ability to curbside pick up canvassing materials (including PPE) from downtown San Francisco. No in-person interaction is required – the main goal is to leave the doorhangers but there may be opportunities to safely interact with residents from a distance. Time Commitment: Flexible schedule – we can accommodate as little or as much time as you can give, when you can give it! Training: Watch a 30-minute pre-recorded virtual training video. Assignment: Volunteers will be provided with walk maps, doorhangers, and PPE (face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer bottles). When possible, volunteers will be assigned walk areas within their county. Sign up: Contact census2020@uwba.org, include the subject line VOLUNTEER

Through 9/30/20