FAQ

What is a fraternal benefit society?

Fraternal benefit societies offer members a unique chance to unite with others who want to get involved and impact their communities. At the same time fraternals offer members affordable insurance and support and savings through member benefit programs.

Operating through local networks, referred to as chapters, lodges or councils, fraternals enable their members to carry out charitable, educational, social and other volunteer community initiatives.

Each year through this unique structure, members of fraternal benefit societies invest more than 92.5 million hours in community works and contribute more than $414 million to charitable programs supporting community service projects making it one of the largest volunteer networks of community and social service providers in existence.  Fraternals exist for the good of local communities and the benefit of members.

Does UCT have a religious affiliation?

We have no religious or political affiliations. We offer community service opportunities, member benefits and insurance options to all people over the age of 16.

How do I get involved?

You can get involved by volunteering! Contact our Community Outreach Managers and they’ll connect you with your nearest UCT local council to learn about volunteer opportunities, meetings and special events.

How much time do I have to give?

You decide how much time you want to give – there are no minimum time requirements. Whether you give a few hours or lead a major event, the level of commitment is up to you. Any time you give can make a difference.

What does a UCT membership get me?

You don’t have to be a UCT member to volunteer.  However, with membership comes member benefits and discounts, networking and leadership opportunities, scholarship programs and more – all for just $30 a year! $12 of your membership goes back into the community.  We also offer a variety of affordable insurance products.

Where will I fit into UCT?

As a member you’ll belong to one of our local councils. Most members meet monthly to plan community service projects, discuss business opportunities, and enjoy networking and social opportunities. You’ll connect with people like you who are helping others in their local communities. It’s a great way to make a difference – and make new friends.

What causes and organizations does UCT support?

We’ve been committed to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, our number one community service project, for over 60 years. We do this through support of American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), Special Olympics and other vital programs. We also support cancer research, help the homeless and hungry, initiate recycling and community clean-up projects, and contribute time and dollars to programs for veterans and youth. We spend hundreds of thousands of hours and dollars each year focusing on causes that matter to our communities. Some of these include ASHA, Special Olympics North America, the ARC, the American and Canadian Cancer Societies, the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, the Terry Fox Run for Cancer, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Canada, and many more.

Contact us at volunteer@uct.org or at 800.848.0123 with questions or for more details.