United Way Offers Ways to Get Involved Outside of Pitt

The University’s United Way campaign has now raised more than 90% of its $750,000 goal—and there is still time to contribute. 

Additionally, the United Ways offers multiple volunteer opportunities for faculty and staff to help members of the Pittsburgh community. Programming like Be a Middle School Mentor and Open Your Heart to a Senior enables volunteers to make real differences in clients’ lives.

Be a Middle School Mentor

The largest mentoring initiative in Southwestern Pennsylvania history, Be a Middle School Mentor began in 2009 in eight Pittsburgh public schools. Since then, the program has served more than 3,400 middle school students in 20 schools. Volunteers commit one hour per week during the academic year to work with youth in area schools.

Read more about Be a Middle School Mentor and learn how to sign up. Volunteers are needed through July 31, 2020.

Open Your Heart to a Senior

By recruiting and connecting volunteers to help older residents, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania aims to help extend the time older adults can stay in their own homes. Volunteers for Open Your Heart to a Senior often help their older adult clients with grocery shopping, rides to appointments, home safety checks and friendly phone calls and visits.  

Read more about Open Your Heart to a Senior and use the online form to submit your information to begin the volunteer process.

Free Tax Prep

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania provides services to help low-income working families complete and file tax returns. Many struggling families rely on income tax refunds for critical income to cover basic needs. Last year in our region, nearly 500 volunteers helped prepare more than 10,000 tax returns, delivering $15.8 million in refunds.

Read more about the Free Tax Prep program.

How to donate

The United Way Campaign website has information about how you can donate to support the Pitt campaign.

Options include payroll deduction, credit card, check or even by mail.

Donors can contribute to the United Way Impact Fund, through which the United Way targets funds to support the local agencies that serve populations facing the most critical current needs, or donors can instead choose from hundreds of local and regional organizations to direct their contributions toward.