Become a Lane Volunteer Responder

Receive text alerts about nonprofits' in-kind and volunteer needs:

text RESPOND541 to 41444 or click here to sign up!

Scroll down to see the latest alerts that have been sent out.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way and the Lane Emergency Resource Network (LERN)–a network of other public, private, and nonprofit agencies–used a text-based alert system to communicate and fill urgent needs of nonprofits with the support from volunteers and other service providers. Since the launch of the LERN in March, 144 alerts have been successfully filled.

As we move from response to recovery, and now amidst local wildfires, United Way has launched a more long-term system to keep volunteers engaged-as Lane Volunteer Responders.

Lane Volunteer Responders are volunteers with the ability to donate time or in-kind items to Lane County nonprofits in need:

  • They receive text messages alerts when United Way learns about new needs
  • Each text links back to this page, where the request is posted, along with information on how to fulfill needs

Lane Volunteer Responders are needed throughout Lane County, and play a central role in helping out our local nonprofit partners-especially in times of crisis.

Ready to become a Lane Volunteer Responder?

Click here or text RESPOND541 to 41444 to sign up.


Current Volunteer and In-Kind Needs:

9/25-Already Fulfilled: Volunteer(s) Needed To Transport Food Box Supplies and Assemble Food Boxes On Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Transport Food For Upcoming Food Box Assembly, from 12:30-1:20 pm: OFSN needs help to move lots of food for emergency food boxes from FOOD for Lane County to their office. The volunteer will meet an OFSN staff member in the parking lot of the FOOD for Lane County warehouse to help transport food to the OFSN office. A reliable vehicle is needed and must be able to lift 40+lbs. Once all the food boxes are at the office they will be taken inside either by hand or using a wagon while COVID safety precautions are taken.   
  • Assemble Food Boxes, from 1:30-3:30 pm: Volunteer will work alone or with OFSN staff member to unpack food and assemble 20-30 boxes with a variety of perishable and nonperishable foods. Someone who is able to be punctual and efficient is needed since the boxes will be picked up for delivery by a third party in this same time frame. (This can be the same volunteer that helped transport the food to the OFSN office.)

9/14- Already Fulfilled: Volunteer needed to transport hand sanitizer

A volunteer is needed to pick up and drop off boxes of hand sanitizer today. The hand sanitizer needs to be dropped off no later than 4pm today (9/14), the sooner the better. Hand sanitizer will need to be picked up near the Sheldon High School area and taken to Roosevelt Boulevard.