Eligibility Criteria

Volunteer Lake County! provides a way for partner organizations to post volunteer opportunities throughout Lake County, IN. To meet eligibility criteria, and in line with United Way’s mission, core values and principles, all Partners must meet the following criteria. Your organization:
  • is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) (or other similar designation) nonprofit or faith-based organization or is a school, government agency, fraternal or civic organization, hospital, hospice or nursing home
  • has liability insurance that covers volunteers
  • does not withhold services based on membership or religious affiliation/participation
  • is not a political campaign
  • must post at least 1 project each quarter of the year
Please note that Lake Area United Way, through Volunteer Lake County!, does not recruit or refer volunteers to:
  • work with private individuals independent of an agency
  • engage in political campaigns and partisan activities
  • handle money or make direct financial asks as part of fundraising activities
  • participate in direct religious activity or proselytizing
  • replace paid workers

Organizations comprised entirely of volunteers, that exist for charitable purposes or for mutual support (e.g. PTO’s, neighborhood associations) who have not filed for tax exemption because they do not generate revenue may be considered as partners on a case-by-case basis.