From the United Way of Allen County
The mission of United Way of Allen County is to unite our community’s time, talent, and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability, and healthy lives.
United Way volunteers possess the knowledge, passion, and expertise required to create lasting change in our community. We invite you to be a part of the change, to share our vision of an Allen County where all individuals and families discover and achieve their potential. As such, we are currently seeking individuals from all walks of life to join us as Community Investment Volunteers.
What is the United Way Community Investment Process?
The Community Investment Process is the way in which United Way of Allen County determines the amount of funding it provides to non-profit agencies. Trained volunteers work on Community Investment teams, to make funding recommendations after carefully reviewing the applications and documents that potential agencies submit. United Way’s Board of Directors approves final investment decisions.
Purpose of Community Investment Teams:
- Review applications from non-profit organizations and make funding recommendations to the Community Impact Committee.
- Monitor progress of funded services and programs.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Build relationships with community and agency leaders.
- Strengthen analytical and decision-making skills in a team atmosphere.
- Enhance understanding of the complex needs and issues facing the broader community as well as potential responses to those needs.
- Help build a stronger community by ensuring resources are invested as
efficiently and effectively as possible.
Benefits to United Way:
- Ensure that a broad range of interests is represented and heard from throughout the Community Investment Process.
- Ensure transparency for the investment of donor contributions.
- Increase community awareness regarding the use of United Way funds.
- Further the mission of United Way of Allen County.
A Successful Community Investment Volunteer is:
- An advocate for United Way of Allen County and its work in the community.
- Passionate about making a difference in Allen County.
- A financial contributor to United Way of Allen County.
- Knowledgeable of and eager to learn about community needs, issues, and resources.
- Professional in their behavior (i.e., timely, respectful, considerate).
- Able to work well with others in a group setting.
- Committed to maintaining appropriate confidentiality of Community Investment team discussions and materials.
- Committed to diversity and inclusivity.
- Able to use online grant software (training provided).
Volunteer Responsibilities and Expectations:
Application Review and Funding Determination:
1. Identify a Community Investment Team on which to participate: Childhood Success, Youth Success, Adult Success, or Safety Net Services.
2. Disclose any involvement with other agencies and any possible conflicts of interest to United Way.
3. Attend one of the required training sessions in January 2019.
4. Utilize e-CImpact online software to complete volunteer responsibilities.
5. Review, score, and submit notations in e-CImpact before application review
6. Attend weekly team meetings during application review sessions (4-6 meetings) during January – April 2019.
Other Responsibilities During the 2019-2022 Funding Cycle:
7. Attend and participate in agency site visits as scheduled.
8. Participate in annual review of year-end agency reports.
9. Spend approximately 30 hours of time over a 4-month period (approx. 20 hours reviewing materials; approx. 10 hours participating in training and meetings). This time commitment is essential to fulfilling the role and responsibilities to United Way and its donors.
- Volunteer application closes on October 17, 2018.
- All approved volunteers are notified and divided into teams by November 14, 2018.
- Required trainings for volunteers will be held January 22-25, 2019.
- Volunteers will begin to review and score applications online after completing their training.
- Online reviews continue, and team meetings are held February – March 2019 (see calendar).
- Team funding recommendations go to the Community Impact Committee in April 2019.