VOLUNTEER INCENTIVE PROGRAM

 

The demand for volunteers who can provide essential support increases day to day in our region. United Way of Eastern Maine and Tip Whip have teamed up to promote and reward volunteerism. It’s as easy as registering, selecting your volunteer opportunity and then start earning rewards! Each hour that you volunteer will be converted into an entry for our special drawings 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. Follow our volunteer hashtag #VIPME on our social media channels for exciting updates and incentive prize announcements.

Volunteer Incentive Program – FAQ’s

What types of opportunities are available?

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.

Do these opportunities comply with Maine CDC Guidelines?

We pre-screen all opportunities and require all participating agencies to follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC.

How will individuals be entered to win prizes?

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.

How are background checks run?

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.

How will individuals register?

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.

How will Individuals track hours?

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.

How will organizations register?

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 mereditha@unitedwayem.org. If either of these things are a barrier to your organization, please reach out and we can review your specific situation.

What does it cost the requesting organization?

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.