Why Volunteer?

One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to our community or make a difference in the lives of friends and neighbors. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites everyone is that you find volunteering rewarding – for yourself and for those you are helping.

How Do I Volunteer?

Interested in volunteer opportunities in the Oshkosh area, but not sure where to look? Oshkosh Area United Way has created a website to make browsing for and signing up for volunteer opportunities easier than ever. Introducing VolunteerOshkosh.org, your one-stop destination for the latest volunteer needs throughout the community. At VolunteerOshkosh.org, you can view listings from local organizations, sign up to volunteer AND track your hours all from one easy-to-use website. We’ll even notify you when new opportunities are added that match your volunteer interests and abilities!

Opportunities are available now – visit VolunteerOshkosh.org, sign up, and start making a difference in your community today.

Community Impact Committee Volunteers

Oshkosh Area United Way opens its grant application to the public annually. Applicants can request funding for any new or existing program that works toward solutions to strengthening Childhood Development, Steps To A Living Wage, or Mental Health. These three issues are the immediate concerns of the Oshkosh area. Community Impact Committee Volunteers help to evaluate grant applications, ask questions, and ultimately, make funding recommendations. For more information about the Community Impact process or to join the Community Impact Committee, contact Candice Lane at candice@oshkoshunitedway.org.

Getting Your Workplace Involved

A big part of Living United means giving back to our community. Building a better workforce and community is easy when you partner with the Oshkosh Area United Way. We offer a variety of opportunities to connect with local organizations that are making a real difference. Join us by getting your organization involved today!

Company Benefits

  • Boosts employee morale & commitment
  • Builds community goodwill
  • Enhances employee teamwork skills
  • Increases employee leadership skills
  • Provides a service to the community  

We’d like to provide your employees with a chance to meet a community need without ever leaving the office—we bring the project to you!  Projects are educational and interactive experiences, helping volunteers to more deeply understand the issues they are addressing.

Monthly Collection Drives

OAUW will provide a list of items needed, organize your donations at the completion of your event and deliver your company’s contributions to those within the Oshkosh area most in need. Examples of Monthly Collection Drives: Diapers, Hygiene, School Supplies, Food, Winter Clothing. Learn more about our Collection Drives HERE.

Kit Building

Corporate volunteers can collect donations or purchase goods to assemble supply kits as an inspiring team-building activity while bringing tangible comfort and encouragement to those in need. Examples of Kits: Literacy, New Parent, Snack Packs, Dental, First Aid, Hygiene.

Bags For Home-Delivered Meals

Think how fun it would be to receive your meal in a brightly decorated lunch bag! This fun and inexpensive project is great for all ages. Help bring joy to someone in need by decorating ADVOCAP home-delivered meal bags. Contact oauw@oshkoshunitedway.org for more information.


All it takes is five minutes to send support and appreciation! Write a quick note of encouragement to a hospital patient, student, or client at one of our funded organizations or community partners.

Oshkosh Area United Way