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Welcome Spokane County teens! YOUTH UNITED is the place for you to find resources about volunteering.

Do you want to…

  • Help make your community a better place?
  • Have fun with your friends or meet new people?
  • Find your passion in life?
  • Fulfill graduation requirements?
  • Make a college application or resume stand out?
  • Get a warm fuzzy feeling?

By volunteering your time and services, you can discover and develop skills, apply your academic knowledge through services and learning activities, receive recognition for your efforts and have fun helping others!

Click here to find youth volunteer opportunities!


Mini Grant Opportunity!

Mini Grants are available to support young change-makers to turn their creative ideas into action and make a positive impact in Spokane County!

Want to make a difference? Take action? Solve a tough community problem? Whether you’re a child, teen, educator, or youth-serving organization, Youth United Mini-Grants can power your Spokane Gives service project.

Youth United Mini-Grants were created to support organizations and individuals to provide empowering youth volunteer opportunities that address the needs in our community.  The mini-grants cover project expenses, up to $300, for youth volunteer projects.

Youth United believes in investing in youth as problem-solvers to address the most important challenges facing our community. This bold strategy puts children and youth in the driver’s seat and gives them the power to plan, implement, and witness the full impact of their service. We know that youth bring new strategies, skills and initiative to solve challenging issues.

To view the full RFP, click here.

Additional Resources: 

Thank you to our Sponsor!


About

YOUTH UNITED provides enriching experiences that address our community’s needs, promotes a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity, and empowers youth to make Spokane County a better, more equitable community.

YOUTH UNITED encourages leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy among youth under 18. We believe in our young peoples’ ability to become leaders in the advancement of our community and recognize their capacity to create solutions to the challenges we face as a society. It’s never too early to get involved and start living united. 


The President's Volunteer Service Award

Spokane County United Way is a Certified Organization to issue the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award. 

Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

Hours by AwardBronzeSilverGold

Kids (5-10)

26 – 49

50 – 74

75 +

Teens (11–15)

50 – 74

75 – 99

100 +

Young Adults (16-25)

100 – 174

175 – 249

250 +

Be sure to check-in to your volunteer opportunities to TRACK YOUR HOURS... this will make it really easy for you when it comes time to apply to receive your Presidential Service Award!

To learn more about the award, click here

APPLY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD HERE!


Varsity Letter in Community Service

Spokane County United Way partners with schools throughout Spokane to recognize and reward students for their volunteer efforts in the community. Students who volunteer 145 hours or more of service in a year can earn a school varsity letter, the same as those earned by athletes and musicians. Varsity Letter Program participants can expect a Varsity Letter in Community Service to be awarded at your school's award ceremony, as well as the Presidential Volunteer Service award. 

Please review the Varsity Letter Program Packet for more information.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must meet all requirements and guidelines. Those requirements include:

  • Be a student in grades 9-12 in Spokane County
  • Complete a minimum of 145 volunteer hours between 12-month time period (for example, May 2016-April 2017)
  • Meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirment
  • Provide verification for hours on VolunteerSpokane.org or signatures verifying volunteer work on service log sheet
  • Signed Academic Eligibility Form 

APPLY FOR YOUR VARSITY LETTER IN COMMUNITY SERVICE HERE!


Group Opportunities

Do you have a youth group that would like to participate in a community service project?

We are happy to help groups of all sizes find a volunteer opportunity... just fill out our group volunteer interest form!


COMING SOON: Service To Go Projects

"Service To Go" projects can be completed at home by children and youth of all ages. These projects are intended to provide ideas, but if you have an innovative solution to a community need that you would like to create, let us know- we'd love to feature it here!

Options include: 

  • "Adopt Me!" Bandanas for pet shelters
  • Lap Blankets for Cancer Patients
  • Notes of encouragement for Police officers 

Resources & Scholarships

Do you know an outstanding youth volunteers? Nominate today!

Looking to develop or lead your own volunteer initiative? There are plenty of resources available to help you succeed:

Need help funding your initiative? Check out these resources:

Don't forget to let us know what you're working on so we can provide support as needed! Also feel free to send us your story and pictures to volunteer@unitedwayspokane.org from your project!

Are you interested in possible service scholarships? There are several available nationally. There are even programs to assist with student loans through public service. Check back often, as we will be updating this page as we find out about more resources that can help you succeed through service! 


Get Connected

Sign up to find the perfect opportunity for you! Create an account by clicking on the "Sign up" link or at the button at the top right of your screen to identify projects, organizations, and causes that might interest you. If you find an organization that you love but they are not offering any opportunities at the moment, contact them directly to get started. 

When you register as a volunteer you can easily sign up for opportunities, receive alerts when new opportunities are put up, track your hours for school and other programs such as Varsity Letter, and receive notifications when we hear about scholarships and other special events!

Click here to find youth volunteer opportunities & make a difference! 


Questions?

If you have any questions about youth volunteer opportunities, please contact: volunteer@unitedwayspokane.org