The importance of community awareness

Getting children involved in volunteering is an ideal way to expand their awareness of our community.

Volunteer opportunities exist that are suitable for many ages and interests.

  • Young children (age 5+) - Outdoor clean-up projects provide a great opportunity for parents and kids to work side by side to create trails, plant flowers, and maintain park facilities.

  • Teens - Volunteer opportunities can build skills and enable teens to gain valuable work experience. Bay Area Volunteer centers have projects suitable for teens age 13-17 in a variety of interest areas, ranging from technology and health to law and teaching.

  • Preschool children - For safety reasons, most nonprofits offer opportunities for children 5+ who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. For young children consider hosting a bake sale or lemonade stand and donate proceeds to a favorite cause.
Learn more: Call 2-1-1 to connect with volunteer center in your county or visit and click on the Volunteer tab. Our site hosts a searchable volunteer database, where you can specify ages, "family"-oriented projects and areas of interest.

About United Way's Road to Recovery:
For the first time in the history of Bay Area professional sports, six local teams have joined together to support the community by offering discounted tickets through United Way's LIVE UNITED Sports Packages. Bay Area sports fans can catch all of their favorite teams in action while supporting a great cause - a portion of all ticket sales benefits United Way's Road to Recovery campaign.

Save up to 25% by purchasing tickets at There are no transaction fees on LIVE UNITED ticket packages purchased from United Way.

$75 East Bay Triple Play
Sept 23 - Oakland A's vs. Texas Rangers
Oct 25 - Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
Dec 3 - Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

$75 San Francisco/San Jose Triple Play
Sept 15 - SF Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Oct 3 - San Jose Earthquakes vs. NY Red Bulls
Nov 29 - SF 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

$150 "Triple Double" - get both packages for one great price!

United Way's Road to Recovery efforts are providing critical support to Bay Area nonprofits that serve families and individuals hardest hit by the economic crisis. Learn more at

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