Volunteer Incentive Program – FAQ’s
Immediate Volunteer opportunities include: Essential Supplies Delivery, American Red Cross – Blood Donor Screeners and Blood Donors, Essential Grocery Delivery for the Christine B. Foundation, Meals on Wheels Food Delivery and Food Donation Boxing at local food pantries. These opportunities are on-going and will change due to immediate need in the community.
We pre-screen all opportunities and require all participating agencies to follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC.
After registering and selecting your volunteer opportunity you can then start earning entries into our incentive drawings. Each hour that you volunteer will be converted into an entry for our weekly drawing for an ever-changing array of local gift cards, incentives, product discounts and other merchandise. The more hours you volunteer the better your chances are to win. All incentive winners will be drawn at random.
Participants can win incentive prizes more than once and are not disqualified for multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the length of the program. You must register and record your service hours to be eligible to win. Individuals will be automatically entered for the weekly drawing once they record their hours for that week.
The recording of participant hours either on the VolunteerME website or through the Volunteer Get Connected smart phone app is your official entry. If you have been selected as an incentive winner you will be sent a notification email the following business week and your incentive prize will be mailed or sent digitally through email services.
Background checks are run through Safer Places Inc., and include State and Federal criminal record checks and driving record background checks. All volunteers will be background checked prior to beginning their service.
Individuals will register for a specific recurring volunteer opportunity with a local agency. You can register here: http://volunteerme.unitedwayem.org/aem/. Please see the volunteer tutorial for details.
Individuals will track hours either online or through the Volunteer Get Connected mobile app. Please view our brief tutorial on how to log your volunteer hours with the smart phone app. Volunteers without internet access can ask their volunteer supervisor to email UWEM with the number of hours that the volunteer has completed each week or can call the United Way office to log their hours.
Organizations in need of volunteers will register their opportunity on the United Way of Eastern Maine VolunteerME website. Please see the organization tutorial for details on how to do this. Organizations in need of one-time volunteers will complete the Volunteer Request form and email it to Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org. If either of these things are a barrier to your organization, please reach out and we can review your specific situation.
Participating in this program is free. The only investment is the time it takes to register on VolunteerME and upload the opportunity, approximately 15-30 minutes.