Monthly Volunteer Challenge

champion OUR community

Last October, a monthly VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE was launched. The goal of our monthly initiative is to connect community members with opportunities to volunteer that are easy, meaningful, and impactful.

October became SOCKTOBER with members encouraged to collect socks in all sizes which would then be distributed to social service partners in the community. Thanks to local businesses and individuals, 536 pairs of socks were collected! These socks were given to Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for Children, Beaufort County Schools, and the senior citizen home food delivery programs to distribute to children and elderly in need.

In November, 287 holiday cards were signed and sent to active military personal and Veterans at the Kinston VA who cannot be with family during the holidays. 

Then in December, in the spirit of Christmas, we encouraged citizens to look around their neighborhood to find opportunities where they could lend a helping hand. To be of some service to individuals and families, healthcare workers or public servants, and local service organizations.

Each month a new challenge will be issued from United Way to the community. Check back here to see results and learn about future volunteer challenges. 

Will you accept the challenge?

 pencils

January Volunteer Challenge

refill Beaufort County teacher's supplies for the next half of the year.

Supplies of all types are needed in the classroom that will support children's educational journey the second half of the school year.

Suggested items include:

Pencils, pens in blue and black ink, Expo markers, notebooks, highlighters, glue sticks, binders and note paper, crayons, colored pencils, and more tools for students to use. Teachers also need in the classroom tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, paper towels and individually wrapped snacks.

hygiene kits

February Volunteer Challenge

Hygiene supplies or assembled kits for migrant farmers.

Hygiene supplies will be used to create kits for migrant farmers and their families for when they arrive in our community for the planting and harvesting season in eastern North Carolina in April. Donated supplies can be assembled into kits prior to dropping off at United Way or individual items may be donated. We suggest using travel sizes or small/regular size items.

Suggested supplies include:

Toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shave gel, deodorant, comb, razor, lip balm, facecloth, bandages, hand sanitizer, tissues, nail clippers, hair ties, and feminine hygiene products (tampons and pads).

collecting

For more information and to deliver supplies:

Contact Sue Tidd at the Beaufort County United Way at stidd@unitedwaybc.net to register your Collection Drive, to ask questions or for more information. Supplies can be dropped off at the Beaufort County United Way office located at 113 East 15th Street in Washington.

volunteers

Host a Neighborhood Supply Collection
  • Organize a drop-off location on a neighbor's porch, community center or another central location in the neighborhood.
  • Dress up a box or collection device.
  • If it will be outside, make sure to use a waterproof tote with a tight cover.
  • Decorate it so it stands out! Include a sign. Then get the word out to your neighborhood.
  • Issue a challenge to other neighborhoods, or one side of the street versus the other!
  • At the end of the collection period, be sure to publicize the amount and types of supplies collected.
  • Thank all who participated
Host a Neighborhood Supply Collection
  • Organize a drop-off location on a neighbor's porch, community center or another central location in the neighborhood.
  • Dress up a box or collection device.
  • If it will be outside, make sure to use a waterproof tote with a tight cover.
  • Decorate it so it stands out! Include a sign. Then get the word out to your neighborhood.
  • Issue a challenge to other neighborhoods, or one side of the street versus the other!
  • At the end of the collection period, be sure to publicize the amount and types of supplies collected.
  • Thank all who participated