Come be a part of the change we seek.

By volunteering with United Way, you'll not only work to improve our communities, you will enjoy a valuable and rewarding experience through the hands-on opportunity to assist our community's agencies. 

Here are just a few ways you can help.

Community Care Day is the largest volunteer activity in Fairfield County placing over 500 volunteers annually, on a single day, at local non-profit organizations. This event is typically held in September.

Day of Action is a day for kids to get out and play typically held in June of each year. This year we are holding the event at Miller Park and need volunteers to help us set up and tear down.

• We recruit volunteers each November and December to assist with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Volunteers are trained by United Way staff to become IRS certified and are used during the tax season.

United Way Impact Councils provide an opportunity for philanthropic-minded individuals to network and learn about the programs and services funded to meet our community's needs.

Our annual 5k is typically held in November of every year. This event helps raise funds for our community while having a fun time walking or running. Volunteers are needed to help set up, guide race participants, and clean up.

There are many ways to make a difference. To find out more, call us at 740.653.0643 today!


2590 Kull Rd
Lancaster, Ohio 43130


Looking for professionals in the local area to talk to participants about their field, experiences, etc. Scheduled Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm.

Afterschool Programs of Lancaster
Michele Ritchlin, Executive Director 
620 Garfield Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130 


We are a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs and services that enrich the educational, social, and cultural opportunities of students and families in our communities.

American Red Cross
Andrea Spires, Executive Coordinator
121 W. Mulberry Street, Lancaster, OH 43130


We prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors through: disaster response & prevention, blood drives & community events.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County, Inc.
Jolyn Pugh 
111 S Broad St, Lancaster, OH 43130


We provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that ALL children achieve success in life.

By the Way Free Clinic
Cathy Barthelmas, Executive Director 
1029 S Broad St, Lancaster, OH 43130


We are a neighborhood-based, comprehensive clinic staffed by medical professionals as a non-profit providing medical testing, prescription assistance, social services, and follow care up to those who need it.

Canal Winchester Human Services
Aletha Mullins 
80 Covenant Way, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110 


We provide a variety of social service programs: Senior Transportation, the COMMUNITY Food Pantry and Community Outreach which provides Emergency Assistance and seasonal Projects such as Tools For Schools and Adopt-A-Family.

Career Closet
United Way of Fairfield County
115 S. Broad Street, Lancaster, OH 43130  


We are a United Way sponsored program serving women who are in need of clothes for interviewing and employment. Volunteers will assist eligible clients with clothes selections and may help with employment applications, resumes or interviewing skills.

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
Wendy Hux, Volunteer Guardian Program


The Volunteer Guardian Program recruits, screens and trains people to be court appointed "Guardians of the Person" to those who are in need of a guardian, but they have no family who are willing or able to assist.

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio 
Judith Oppenheimer, External Relations Manager 
145 E Main St, Lancaster, OH 43130 


Our mission is to engage our community with innovative and stimulating exhibitions. Volunteer positions include greeter, docent/tour guide, museum shop, special events, and education.

Fairfield County 211
Jeannette Curtis, Supervisor 
108 W Main St, Lancaster, OH 43130 


Fairfield County 211 serves as the connection between individuals in need of services and the social services available to them. We also operate the 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line.

LeeAnn Hamilton
681 E 6th Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130

Our goal is to create a better future for people with disabilities by increasing and enhancing their lifestyle opportunities. Encouraging Hope and Fostering Relationships.

Fairfield County Board of DD 
Rachel McCoy, Connection Coordinator 
795 College Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130


Fairfield DD is always looking for community volunteers interested in sharing their skills, interests, hobbies, transportation and resources with people who have developmental disabilities. Friendship is at the core of every volunteer opportunity.

Fairfield County Dog Adoption Center & Shelter
1715 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH 43130


Our mission is to provide an environment of community education; emphasizing excellent service and safety for the community; showing dogs under our protection care and compassion with innovative, yet sustainable means.

Fairfield Medical Center
401 N. Ewing Street, Lancaster, OH 43130 


Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of patients and visitors by creating exceptional experiences from the heart. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available.

FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.
282 Sells Road, Lancaster, OH 43130 


Our Mission promotes compassionate end-of-life care through a professional team approach. We strive to relieve suffering by providing comfort, support and resources to meet the palliative and grief needs of the community.

Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland 
1700 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215


Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 2.7 million strong. 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adult volunteers who believe girls can change the world.

Habitat for Humanity of Fairfield County ReStore
Nancy Nowak, ReStore Director
707 Slocum Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130

740-654-3434 ext 301

We Are Amazing and where YOU want to Volunteer! Our organization is a locally-run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our philosophy is that we provide "a hand up, not a hand out".

Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency
Sarah Hartman, HR Director
1743 E. Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130


We are committed to focusing available resources that will enable low-income families and individuals of all ages to obtain the skill, knowledge, motivation and the opportunities they need to become self-sufficient.

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
Roberta Baioni, Director of Volunteer Engagement
500 W Wilson Bridge Rd, Suite 245, Worthington, OH 43805


Food, clothing and shelter are the basic needs of all people. Due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes people are unable to obtain these needs. That's why we offer a continuum of services to lend a helping hand.

Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County
1515 Cedar Hill Rd, Lancaster, OH 43130


Supporting the health and well-being of our community's seniors is important work, and we simply cannot meet the growing demand for our services without the help of many dedicated volunteers.

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Inc.
624 E. Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130


Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Inc. provides high-quality, cost-effective, culturally-sensitive, socially-responsible, mental health, substance abuse, and support services to individuals and community organizations.


Carla Young, Manager 
253 Boving Rd, Lancaster, OH 43130


We consider Olivedale a premier recreational and educational facility for the 55 of age and older population of the community. Members enjoy the fine arts, sports, hobbies, travel, health and wellness, and cultural learning opportunities.

PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington
Vanessa Niekamp             
70 Cross St, Pickerington, OH 43147


The PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington is a choice Food Pantry serving residents of the Pickerington Local School District. Once you are on the Food Pantry floor, a volunteer walks along with you to make your selections.

The Salvation Army - Serving Lancaster & Fairfield Co.
JJ Dunham, Social Services Ministries Director
228 W. Hubert Ave, Lancaster OH 43130

The Social Services department is open from 9:30-11:30 and we need volunteers to greet clients and answer phone calls. Volunteers who can assist clients with pantry food selection and stocking pantry items.

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
Jared Kerr, District Executive
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212


Locally, the Simon Kenton Council serves over 1,000 youth. Through volunteers, we prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices through outdoor activities, civic service and family development.

The Connection...Bringing People, Animals & Nature Together 
Audra McMurray, Co-Founder 
1147 East Main Street, Suite B, Lancaster, Ohio 43130


Right now, we are looking for volunteers interested in becoming a registered therapy dog team with their canine companion (family dog).  All of our volunteers must be a registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs.  

The Lighthouse, Inc.
PO Box 215
Lancaster, Ohio 43130


The Lighthouse is a private, non-profit mental health agency dedicated to promoting a safe and peaceful home and family life environment through quality services focused on the prevention, education, and treatment of family violence.

United Way of Fairfield County
115 S. Broad Street, Lancaster, OH 43130


We're focused on connecting our community to effective means that fix critical issues such as children and youth success, family stability, health care, mental health and wellness and job development.

Wesley Ridge Retirement Community
2225 Taylor Park Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


Wesley Ridge offers community, companionship, and a sense of belonging enhanced by mutual respect for privacy. In community, seniors find comfort and a place to call home.