The United Way of the Klamath Basin has several volunteer committees that operate year-round which are chaired by a member of the executive committee of the board. Volunteers are always welcome and needed; please call Leroy Cabral for more information or to volunteer. Also through the United Way Volunteer Center people of all ages can volunteer to help a wide variety of public and private agencies with special community projects and/or year-round programs. Please view current volunteer opportunities at this link and click here if you would like to register for volunteer service. You may also call United Way at 882-5558.



The United Way annual campaign involves approximately 250 volunteers of which the majority coordinate United Way employee campaigns at the workplace. The fundraising committee sets an annual campaign goal and attempts to solicit contributions from every corporation, business, organization, and individual throughout the Klamath Basin. A special group of volunteers called Loaned Executives contribute hundreds of hours each year giving presentations to employees at the workplace. (See volunteer committees for list of current volunteers).

Marketing & Communications
This committee develops United Way's overall theme, advertising and public service messages, local campaign video, brochures and other printed materials.

Fund Distribution
This committee involves 40 to 50 volunteers annually (including up to six high school students) who visit and review the funding proposals of every United Way member agency seeking financial support. These volunteers collectively contribute approximately 600 hours in determining how best to invest United Way contributions for community services. Volunteers for the 2016 process will get underway on Wednesday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. and conclude their work on May 9, 2016. Call United Way for more details or to volunteer, 882-5558. Volunteers (especially donors) interested in getting involved in the 2016 process are encouraged to contact Leroy Cabral at United Way (882-5558).

Special Events
This committee promotes special events and the annual community events of the United Way such as the campaign kickoff and the annual golf tournament..

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center operates year-round matching volunteers with special skills and interests with appropriate public and private non-profit agencies who need help. The Center is located inside the United Way office, 136 N. Third Street. Each Spring during national volunteer week, the Center hosts the Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year Recognition banquet. Don & Joan McClendon were selected by area media personalities as the 2015 Klamath Country Volunteers of the Year.

The 2015 annual event was a big success with a near record 37 individuals and organizations being recognized. This marked the 22nd annual event. The KMSB Foundation and the Klamath County commissioners helped sponsor this event.

The 22nd annual event was held Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12 noon at the Senior Center, 2045 Arthur Street. As always, everyone nominated received an award and was recognized at the annual luncheon. Our special thanks to media judges Lyle Ahrens, KOTI; Paul Hanson, Wynne Broadcasting; Rob Siems, Basin Mediactive; Gerry O'Brien, Herald and News; and Rachael Peterson, Charter Communications. Our emcee for the event was Klamath Falls City Schools superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer, Ph.D.

The 23rd annual event will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12 noon at the Senior Center. Nomination entry forms are available now by contacting United Way t 882-5558, or can be downloaded from this web site. For more information, give us a call. Volunteers are priceless and this is Klamath Country's big event to honor them.

How to Volunteer

To volunteer or to just find out more about the current volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Center, (541) 882-5558. To register on-line click on the Contacts link.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Food servers to pick up and deliver meals to homebound seniors
Kitchen help to serve meals, clean tables
Advocates to represent "at-risk" children in court proceedings
Office assistant to answer telephones, typing, filing, etc.
Museum aids to give tours, data research, typing, general duties
Crisis line support (36 hours of special training required)
Classroom assistants needed to help teachers with classroom activities
Persons to read select books to children and build caring relationships with them
Thrift store needs help to sort and hang clothes
Disaster Action Team volunteers needed for immediate assistance to victims
Instructors to teach health/safety courses to adults and children
Respite care volunteers to do errands for persons who care for dying family members
Driver & escorts needed to transport clients to and from appointments
Person to take blood pressure of seniors one day (two hours) per month
Assistant volunteer coordinators needed to help recruit/organize volunteer activities
Maintenance/handyman to do odd jobs such as painting, waxing floors, washing walls, pull weeds, other duties
Gift store clerk to answer telephone, handle cash/make change, etc.
Tutors needed to help students with reading and math skills
Blood mobile clerical support needed
After school recreation site needs adult mentors to supervise activities
Laundry and sewing assistant to wash and iron clothing, curtains, blankets, etc.
Caring people need to make "buddy" phone calls to shut-in seniors

Don & Joan McClendon
2015 Klamath Country
Volunteers of the Year

Don and Joan McClendon were selected the 2015 Klamath Country Volunteers of the Year at the 22nd annual event held during national volunteer week. A near record 37 volunteers and organizations were recognized and received awards at the event for their service to our community. The first-ever Corporate Volunteer program winner was Umpqua Bank for their year-round service program.

The other finalists included: Hayden Dentinger (KU High School and Kelsey Pershall (Mazama High School), Janine Henry, Derek Wiseman, Shelly Prochaska, Christen Hammong, Basin Youth for Christ community program.

Don and Joan McClendon were nominated by Rebecca Kays with the WestSide Community Church of the Nazarene and was awarded this distinguished honor for contributing countless hours growing and distributing food raised in the church's Garden of Eeatin'. They grow more than 10 tons of foods and donated it to food pantries and organizations such as the Klamath & Lake Counties Food Bank and the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission.

The 2016 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year event will be held April 12th. For more information about volunteering or this event please contact the United Way, 882-5558. Nomination entry forms for the 2016 event are available now.


2014 VAC Finalists

The Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year is selected
from the finalists within each of the five divisions.
(Youth, Adults, Seniors, Education and Public Safety/Public Service).

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