Do Good From Home

COVID-19 has greatly increased the need for community support through virtual and remote volunteerism. Participate from the safety of your home or office by choosing a pre-planned volunteer project to complete. Companies, organizations, and community members are all welcome to take part in serving our neighbors.

There are a variety of volunteer projects to choose from! United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County will provide project supply lists and instructions for each option. Every project can be completed on the computer, or at your home or office. If you choose an “at home” project, completed items will need to be mailed or safely dropped off at United Way or a local United Way partner agency.

Sign Up

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance.

Before signing up to participate, check out the list of available projects below.

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Projects

Pick your project! There are a variety of volunteer activities to complete including family-friendly projects, with ranging price points.

Once you choose your project click on the Project Guide tab to get all the  details for each project, including a list of what items go into each kit.

Volunteers will be responsible for collecting the necessary supplies to complete their project of choice as well as delivering the completed projects to United Way or one of the nonprofit organizations listed on the Project Guide.

Digital Notes of Encouragement 

Share your appreciation for our community! There are many across our community who are working tirelessly on the front line serving and supporting our community during this challenging time. Take a moment to send a quick note of thanks, a video or photo and we will send it along to brighten someone’s day.

Give Thanks online at https://www.unitedwaysatx.org/thanksanantonio/

Estimate Cost: Free

Birthday Bags 

Families who are struggling financially often give up luxuries like birthday cakes. Items such as disposable cake pans or even birthday candles cannot be purchased with food stamps. It’s very difficult for parents to tell their children that they can’t afford a birthday cake. Birthday bags are a simple way to make birthdays happy for these families. Completed bags will be distributed through shelters and non-profit partners.

Estimate Cost: $8 per birthday bag kit

Breakfast Bags

Many senior citizens are currently homebound and may lack access to regular, nutritious meals. One way volunteers can help is by making breakfast bags, which is a shelf stable meal option that ensures the senior has access to food over the weekend or in a time of crisis. This project is low cost and easy to do for volunteers of all ages!

Estimate cost: $2-3 per kit

Shoebox Project 

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is mobilizing our community to provide personal care and basic need items to our most vulnerable residents. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County will collect decorated shoeboxes filled with personal care and basic need items from individuals, families and organizations in our community. Everyday items most of us take for granted, like toothbrushes, soap, or a comb can make a big difference for someone living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. During our current crisis these items have become requested more than ever from service organizations. Join our efforts to help those in need in our community. Donate a decorated shoebox filled with the requested personal care and basic need items.

Estimate Cost: $10-15

Care Cards

Spread positivity throughout San Antonio by donating handmade cards for seniors or families in shelters. After months of social distancing, many are experiencing loneliness from staying at home, unable to see their loved ones. Handmade “thinking of you” cards to be given to vulnerable community members who can benefit from your thoughtful words. Care cards are a family-friendly way to give the gift of a smile during difficult times. Made with an assortment of craft supplies, this project is low cost and family friendly!

Estimate Cost: $1-2 per card

Snack Packs

After a semester of completing school from home, students are now at home for the summer. During the school year, many families depend on school breakfast and lunch resources to feed their families during the week. COVID-19 has furthered the financial difficulties for families across San Antonio, increasing the need for shelf-stable food. Assemble Snack Packs to be distributed to children across San Antonio who are in need of additional food resources while they are at home and social distancing for the summer. Snack packs are gallon sized bag full of shelf-stable snack items to sustain local kids throughout the week and ensure the child has access to food in times of crisis.

Estimate cost: 3 – 5 per kit

Senior Activity Kit

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many seniors to feel isolated and lonely due to not being able to see their loved ones or engage in their normal daily activities. The Senior Activity Kit will provide local senior citizens with activities they can do from the safety of their home.

Estimate Cost: $5 per kit

Student Care Baskets 

Support college students who have a history of foster care by providing them with the daily essentials to be self-sufficient. Care baskets will be provided to students enrolled in Supervised Independent Living Programs (SIL) at the University of Texas San Antonio, Texas A&M San Antonio, and the Alamo Colleges. All are Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project partners. Remember what you needed when you moved into your first dorm or college apartment and/or all you sent your child off to college with? These young people in the foster care system do not have that support.

Estimate Cost: $50+

Project Tool Kit

Project Guide

The Project Guide contains everything you need to participate from start to finish: how to get started, all of the projects and instructions, as well an agency list of participating agencies to receive completed projects.

Click here to download the project guide.

Agency Map

The agency map shows all of our participating agencies for you to find a location conveniently near you. Please check the Project Guide for a list of the agencies and which completed projects they’re accepting.

Click here to view the agency map

Social Media 

Please share any images from your projects on social media and tag United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

• Facebook and LinkedIn – @UnitedWaySATX
• Twitter and Instagram – @unitedwaysa

Instagram Stories: 

Add Day of Action stickers to your photos on IG stories!

  • Take a picture (or upload one). Click the “Sticker” icon.
  • Locate the United Way Day of Action branded stickers by typing “dayofaction” in the search field. All available stickers will then appear.
  • Select your preferred sticker. You can then edit the sticker as you would like (increase the size, move to different locations, etc.). You can also repeat step #3 to add other available stickers.
  • To share to your Story, click the “Send To” button in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  • Click the “Share” button to share to your Story.
  • That’s it! Repeat and have fun posting great stories to spread the word about Do Good From Home and United Way!

*Note: The stickers are optimized for search and can be found by typing in other keywords such as #UW, #Dogoodfromhome, #dayofvolunteering and #liveunited among others.