United Way calls on local families to participate in #FamiliesForGoodChallenge

Volunteering as a family is a great way for children to learn the importance of doing good work throughout their community. That’s why United Way of Southwestern PA launched its first-ever #FamiliesForGoodChallenge last month, which seeks to inspire families to volunteer together and challenge their friends and loved ones to do the same on social media to make a big impact throughout the community.

The goal of the #FamiliesForGoodChallenge is to have the local community log 5,000 collective hours of family volunteerism from now – May 20, 2017. United Way, along with its agency partners, have planned a variety of family volunteer activities, including at-home opportunities, for the community to participate in whatever way is most impactful and convenient to them. While the challenge ends May 20, United Way and partners will continue providing fun family volunteerism opportunities throughout the year.

“It is United Way’s goal to create meaningful, fun family volunteer opportunities where our community can work together with their families to make a real difference,” said Lois Mufuka Martin, chief volunteer engagement officer. “The challenge is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children the value and importance of giving back. We hope to see people of all ages participating in family volunteer activities through the #FamiliesForGoodChallenge.”

To join the Moats family and others who have already taken the challenge, follow this step-by-step guide:

  • Follow United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Visit to choose an activity and log your hours.
  • Volunteer!
  • Take a video of your family at a volunteer event, or after volunteering, calling out other families to take the #FamiliesForGoodChallenge.
  • Post your video publically on social media, tag United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the families you are challenging and use #FamiliesForGoodChallenge.

More than 2,500 hours of volunteer work have already been logged. Local families are invited to give back and do good work together by visiting