In Zambia in 2020, 1-year-old Lucky and his mother participated in playful parenting classes run by UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation.

Humanitarian Aid Volunteering

UNICEF can’t deliver for children in need without fundraising, but volunteers bring the heart and soul to humanitarian aid.

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Funding is crucial to UNICEF's delivery of humanitarian aid. But volunteers make a huge difference as well. UNICEF recruits volunteers through the United Nations Volunteers Program. Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree, several years of work experience and a willingness to donate time to support UNICEF’s global programs. 

Opportunities to take action are also available through UNICEF USA Unite. UNITERs are UNICEF’s frontline advocates in the U.S., who work together to amplify children’s voices and help effect change both here and abroad.

How to volunteer with UNICEF in the U.S.

There are many ways to take action with UNICEF Unite. High school and college students can do their part as UNICEF Club members. Postgraduates can join UNICEF Next Generation, a group of leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators who study issues that affect children around the world, then choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering and fundraising. The UNICEF Unite team includes individuals, parents, kids, members of faith-based and civil society organizations and corporate and work-based teams — anyone who wants to support every child's right to survive and thrive. Click here to join UNICEF Unite.

How to help the world's vulnerable kids from here in the U.S. 

There are many ways to support UNICEF's programs for children in need:

  • Advocate: UNICEF USA needs informed and committed volunteers to engage with policymakers on actions that support and empower children. Join our efforts and advocate for every child! 
  • Fundraise: Take part in a fundraising event or organize your own. Here are some tips to help you organize successful fundraising events.  
  • Learn and speak out: When you join UNICEF Unite, you can receive monthly newsletters about UNICEF programs, emergency updates, news about UNICEF USA campaigns and more. Join UNICEF Unite to learn more.
  • Follow and engage with UNICEF USA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
  • Share information about UNICEF’s work on your social networks to raise awareness about how UNICEF protects the rights of every child
  • Network with other UNITERs who share your passion for protecting children


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