Operation Uplift


Maricopa County is taking action with Valley of the Sun United Way’s Operation Uplift — a community-wide movement to inspire thousands of volunteers across the Valley to Rise Up.

Rise Up for a community-wide movement of volunteerism and meaningful connections to transform Maricopa County into a community of action. Operation Uplift is being led by an Organizing Committee comprised of community residents, business and community partners.

Operation Uplift serves a variety of communities throughout Maricopa County, including Maryvale, Guadalupe, Central City and South Phoenix through several service opportunities driving civic engagement. We rise up to strengthen schools, grow local food systems and address community needs by first listening, then lacing up our shoes and getting to work.

Operation Uplift has wrapped up for 2019, but if you have a great volunteer project in mind, micro-grants are still available until June 30! Click here to read more.

2019 Operation Uplift Recap

See a recap from each event at the links below.

Apply for an Operation Uplift Micro-grant

To maximize the impact this movement can have, we are introducing the Operation Uplift Micro-grant Program. The program invites any community member, public school, or 501(c)(3) organization, within Maricopa County, with a volunteer project idea to apply for a micro-grant to receive assistance with their project.

Tier 1 – Basic Tools

Get the tools you need to complete your volunteer project. We have collaborated with the Phoenix Community ToolBank to offer almost any tool for any volunteer job. (See a list of tools here.) From community clean ups to school beautifications and community murals we can help you get the tools you need to get the job done.

Tier 2 – Additional Tools and Materials

If your need extends beyond tools, Tier 2 offers additional materials. In addition to providing the tools needed to complete the project, examples of materials in this Tier may include paint, roller pads, drop cloths, trash bags, hardware, tape, and more.

Tier 3 – Financial (pilot period; case-by-case consideration)

In addition to Tier 1 or 2, Tier 3 offers a opportunity to apply for a potential financial grant up to $200 in total project costs to local 501(c)(3) organizations or public schools.

How to Apply

If you have a group that is ready to Rise Up to Help a community project to improve Maricopa County, download the Operation Uplift Micro-grant Program Guidelines and Application, review the program guidelines and requirements, and then submit the completed application to volunteer@vsuw.org.


Operation Uplift Toolkit – Coordinate Your Volunteer Opportunity

Everyone is invited to participate in Operation Uplift. Are you coordinating a community volunteer event and want to share the logo and message? We have a variety of materials you can use, including posters, graphics, and more in English and Spanish. Download at the links below. And please email us at volunteer@vsuw.org to tell us about your event!

Planning Tools

  • Sample Project Plan - Word doc
  • Volunteer Sign-In Sheet - PDF

Social Media Toolkit

  • English - PDF
  • En español - PDF

Social Media Graphics

Photos/Email Header Images

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  • Posters (11x17)

    Vinyl Banners (96x36)

    A-Frame Signs

    Document Templates

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