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How You Can Help

Be a United Way Volunteer

Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages.  What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise. 

Each year, thousands of people in Pictou County give generously of their time to help raise funds, participate on Boards and Committees, determine how best to invest in our communities, take part in events, and support local charities with their knowledge and skills.

The benefits of volunteering are many and include: giving something back to our community, making a difference in someone’s life, sharing your skills, talents and time, helping others, making new friends, gaining experience, etc.

If you would like to volunteer with United Way of Pictou County, we have many opportunities and encourage you to review them below.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is led by a group of volunteers elected to oversee the vision and strategic direction of the organization.  The Membership consists of representatives from a cross-section from our community and are recruited annually.

The role of the Board is to establish organizational policies, focus on long-term goals, and manage funds in a fiscally responsible manner.  Board members must live in Pictou County, be knowledgeable about the community, be organized, and committed to making positive change in our community.

The term is for a period of three (3) years but may be reappointed for a further term or terms. 

Day of Caring

Take a day and volunteer with your colleagues, classmates, family or youth group.  United Way matches volunteers with one day projects at community agencies.  You can paint, repair, garden or help with other projects that need to be done.  You can participate as a team from your workplace or as an individual who will be paired with others who want to make a difference through direct service!

Campaign Management Team (CMT)

Are you a community leading in the private or public sector?  You could be putting your influence and leadership skills to the test by spearheading a division within the annual campaign.  This senior team of seasoned professionals is led by a Volunteer Chair.  You would be responsible for recruiting your team of account executives and together you could set a plan in motion to achieve an overall Pictou County goal.

Your contribution commences in the spring with planning meetings, recruitment of your own team and visits to determine the support for United Way in organizations that currently support United Way as well as other organizing a campaign for the first time.  Members of the Campaign Management Team meet every few weeks from September to January to monitor progress and brainstorm opportunities.

Campaign Account Executive (AE)

Demonstrate leadership in your community by initiating fundraising campaigns across a number of workplaces.  You will use and build your network of influence while making a measureable difference in campaign results.  Your commitment amounts to approximately 8-10 hours over a couple of month in the late spring or early summer.  United Way staff provides you with the tools and information to complete personal visits with business and community leaders.  United Way staff will accompany you on your visits and assist with the follow-up.  This gets you out of the office and into a community leadership role as you inspire companies to support United Way.

Employee Campaign Coordinator (ECC)

Employee Campaign Coordinators (ECCs) are the heart and soul of every United Way campaign.  They are the individuals who inspire, motivate and energize their colleagues to get involved in their organization’s campaign.  Whether it’s coordination of a workplace campaign, organizing an event or encouraging colleagues and friends to give, we couldn’t do what we do without their support.

Our goal is to make being an ECC as easy and fun as possible, through specialized training programs and providing the tools to make your campaign a success, we’re here to help.

Community Investment Committee (CIC)

Want to learn more about the important work United Way funds through its agencies to make Pictou County a better community?  Each year this committee of volunteers review agency funding applications to make funding recommendations to the United Way’s Board of Directors.  CIC plays an important role to ensure donor dollars are spent in accordance with the United Way funding criteria and are making a measureable difference in our community.

Working with other volunteers who have varied backgrounds, employment experience and community activity, you will talk with community based agencies to discuss the impact they are making in the community.

Special Events

Getting involved with United Way by supporting our events is fun and easy to do.  We have great annual events that are possible thanks to our volunteers, such as the Haunted Hall and Evening in the Park. 

If you have an idea for a special event, we’d love to hear about it!  We’re always looking for fun and innovative ways to promote what we do and why we do it.


If you would like to be involved with United Way of Pictou County, through any of the above committees or board positions, please contact Ellen Fanning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 902-755-1754



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