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United Way Connecting for Good 

Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? Giving our neighbors the opportunity to care for one another is the purpose of United Way’s Volunteer Center website.

In 2014 Modesto Rotary made a donation to United Way facilitating the launch of its Volunteer Center website, www.getconnected.uwaystan.org. The site is designed to match individuals with the desire to give with the needs of reputable local agencies. There is no doubt our community is full of generosity, last year alone the website connected volunteers and donors with the programs they care about, an incredible 22,000 times. Visitors to the site can connect with multiple agencies, search by their interests, find ways to volunteer and donate all in one place.

Volunteerism is vital to a strong community, it has been proven to lead to a more cohesive, safe and engaged community. The value of volunteer time is often underestimated. An hour of volunteer time in California is currently valued at $26.87 per hour by The Corporation for National and Community Service. If each of the Volunteer Center’s 22,000 web referrals yielded just 1 hour of volunteer time, United Way of Stanislaus County’s network of givers would have invested over a half million dollars worth of time back into our community.

The coming holiday season brings unique opportunities to give of your time and resources. You can “get connected” to all of the possibilities by going to www.getconnected.uwaytan.org on your desktop or mobile device then click on the holiday button to see a list of ways to bring the spirit of giving back this season. Here are just a few fun ways to get involved, visit the site to see many more.

31st Annual Soroptimist Community

Christmas Tree (Until 12/18)

Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program,

Interfaith Ministries, (Until 12/23)

Christmas Kettle Campaign 2016,

The Salvation Army (Until 12/24)

Modesto Spirit of Giving 5k Walk,

Run and Ride, City of Modesto (12/10)

Make volunteering a year-round tradition by signing in and signing up for alerts from your favorite agencies, needs or causes. The Volunteer Center website will automatically send you an email when an opportunity is posted by your favorite charity. Giving is great no matter what time of year you do it.

Share your volunteer experience with your friends, community and United Way. Post your pics to social media and tag United Way of Stanislaus County or #giveunited. If you are an agency interested in posting volunteer opportunities on the site, register online or contact atoledo@uwaystan.org for more information. Happy Holiday Giving from United Way of Stanislaus County.

By Jeanette Fontana, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator United Way of Stanislaus County

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