Make a difference in someone’s life through volunteer opportunities with United Way. Explore the activities offered below and learn more about how to start volunteering today.

Volunteer Programs

Volunteering benefits you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. And when you invest your time in our community, you can make a real difference in the life of someone in need.

United Way offers volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule – short-term, ongoing, or even corporate opportunities. See below for opportunities in the Pittsburgh and across Southwestern Pennsylvania that meet your needs.


Beth Lynch

Volunteering is the "Smart Investment"

Beth Lynch

When Beth Lynch heard about Smart Investments, a program sponsored by United for Women in partnership with South Hills Interfaith Ministries, she knew she could help.

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Challenges are Okay

Dotti Bechtol

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…
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It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…

How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse

Geoff Kasse, a Principal and Wealth Management Advisor at JKS Financial, was always good with numbers; and has had a steady career trajectory in the financial services industry since 1998, when he interned…

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Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma

Brendan Surma was a “freshly-minted marketing professional” with PPG when he made his first donation to United Way during the 2009 workplace campaign. Now managing a variety of commercial and technical…

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Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper

Mike and Steffanie Jasper met as undergraduate students at Georgetown University, where they were both on the track team. She was from Erie, PA. He was from the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It…


Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher

Jayme Butcher, a partner at Blank Rome, LLP since January 2015, concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. Her work has taken her all over the country and has been nationally…


As your World Opens Up, Open up the World for Others

Bob and Jane Krizner

Bob and Jane Krizner met in middle school and married young, after Bob’s freshman year at Juniata College. He was making local headlines as an athlete while double majoring in accounting and computer…


Women can Inspire a Revolution

Chelsey Sylvester

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…
Beth Lynch

Volunteering is the "Smart Investment"

Beth Lynch

When Beth Lynch heard about Smart Investments, a program sponsored by United for Women in partnership with South Hills Interfaith Ministries, she knew she could help.

Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

Todd Rosenfeld

Todd Rosenfeld, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual seems to have always been a strong supporter of the United Way, finding his passion through the ways that United Way embraces family values.

Sharon Hicks

Giving Back in Pittsburgh

Sharon Hicks

Growing up in New York City, it is no mystery why Sharon Hicks was able to call another large city home.

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Ray Buehler

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Ray Buehler has lived a busy yet fulfilling life, recently becoming the 2014 United Way Campaign Chair.

Pete and Cathy Mendes

Focusing on Community

Pete Mendes

Originally from Chicago, Pete Mendes moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in 2006.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Kim Fleming

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kim Fleming took a small jump to Illinois to attend Northwestern University for physical therapy.

Lou and Kathy Testoni

Superwoman of Pittsburgh

Kathy Testoni

After meeting her army husband in Washington DC and spending her young adult life moving around the United States and raising two children, Kathy Testoni is no stranger to hard work or dedication.

John and Carolyn George

Not your Father's United Way

John George

He has seen major changes in his industry since he embarked on a career in hospital administration in the early ‘70s.

John, Jacob, Jackson and Jane Wieland

Women Helping Women

Jane Wieland

With a husband of ten years and two young sons, Jane Wieland’s life never has a dull moment.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Dodi Walker Gross

Working as a lawyer and a partner at Reed Smith, Pittsburgh native Dodi Walker Gross is no stranger to helping the community.

Dan Onorato

Pay it Forward

Dan Onorato

One Man’s Experiences Lead Him to Encourage Community to Give Back


A Philanthropic Love Story

Ed and Amy Haller

Newlyweds Ed and Amy Haller have rapidly earned a reputation for their commitment to the United Way since arriving in Pittsburgh.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Money in Your Pocket Coalition

Money In Your Pocket Coalition

Provides services to help low-income working families complete and file tax returns so they can receive critical income that helps them maintain basic needs for themselves and their families.

I’m a Corporation

Volunteering enhances a company’s public image, builds employee morale, and strengthens loyalty among customers and employees, all while creating positive change in our community. Let us connect your company to organizations in need of volunteers.

6,378 Volunteers were engaged across 75+ programs

6,378 Volunteers

were engaged across

75+ programs

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