United Way of Allen County seeks Community Investment Volunteer
Aug21

United Way of Allen County seeks Community Investment Volunteer

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....

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Find Volunteer Opportunities through United Way of Allen County’s New Volunteer Hub
Jul03

Find Volunteer Opportunities through United Way of Allen County’s New Volunteer Hub

Our community is full of wonderful people. It’s also full of wonderful organizations and great opportunities. If you find yourself looking for ways to become more involved in our beautiful city, United Way of Allen County’s volunteer portal just might be the answer you’re searching for. From financial support of local nonprofits, to advocating on behalf of things like early childhood education and connecting individuals to resources through 2-1-1, United Way of Allen County supports and advances our community in a variety of ways. It made sense, then, that they’d be the type of organization that would see a need, then step up and see what they can do to meet that need. The United Way of Allen County volunteer portal is an online hub for individuals to find volunteer opportunities in our community. Individuals can create an account and scroll through a list of needs to find a volunteer opportunity that’s a perfect fit. Individuals can filter their search by availability, interests, skill-sets and more. The search brings up all the necessary information about the organization and the volunteer position, often linking directly to a webpage where the potential volunteer can apply, or at least providing the contact information for the individual at the organization responsible for volunteers. “It makes finding a volunteer opportunity so much easier, because not only can you search for the specific opportunities you’d be interested in, but you can also contact the agency directly,” says Tiffani Arnold, Manager of Strategic Volunteer Engagement at United Way of Allen County. She’s right. I decided to test the site and see what opportunities were available to me. After creating an account, it asked me to list some of my interests, talents, and choose some example organizations that I liked. I then searched for volunteer opportunities in Marketing, since that’s my strongest skill, and bam! I was paired with a Marketing and Communications need at Early Childhood Alliance. All I had to do was fill out a form with a quick note and my availability, and wait for them to contact me. Perfection. Anyone can create an account and use the hub to find volunteer positions, and it’s 100% free for both the individual using it and the organization advertising on it. That’s huge for nonprofits where extra money for advertising isn’t always available. We love the hub, and we love that we have organizations in our community that are committed bringing us all...

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LFW Spotlight: Micheala Pattison
Aug31

LFW Spotlight: Micheala Pattison

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this spotlight series, we are featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Next in our series is our Living Fort Wayne Scholars Program intern, Micheala Pattison! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am The Intern. I am a senior at IPFW studying Interpersonal and Organizational Communication with minors in Public Relations and Business. I volunteered for Living Fort Wayne because I am not from Fort Wayne so I wanted to learn more! So far, I have lived in the city for three years and I love it! I think it has a lot to offer that not enough people know about, including myself! I’m a writer by trade so helping Living Fort Wayne promote a city I love through writing which I love is a perfect fit. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I have a six month old puppy named Mila. She is a great excuse for getting in my daily dose of exercise as well as spending time with my boyfriend. We love going for walks with her because she has so much fun and we enjoy laughing at her excitement when she sees a new person because she is so friendly. There is never a dull moment when I hang out with her and she is more photogenic than I am which is hilarious. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? I would love to live in Paris. I’ve never been but I would love to go. I’ve heard the culture is amazing; I’ve had the food and it is amazing. I just think Paris is amazing so I would love to live there. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t-miss thing you would show them or do with them in FW? I would show them Laser X and Ultrazone, because I love laser tag and if you are going to do one, you have to do the other. Then we would go downtown for food, so much food. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing?...

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Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Jasmine Bejar
May17

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Jasmine Bejar

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Next in our series is our Partnership Development Co-chair, Jasmine Bejar. What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I’m the Partnership Development Co-Chair for LFW. I started writing for Living Fort Wayne because I love the city and wanted to share that with everyone! Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I’m a writer (as I obviously just stated), but I recently picked up photography and am exploring that method of storytelling as my newest hobby. I’ve always loved taking pictures (and not just selfies). When I was young, I took my disposable camera with me everywhere, and as I got older my cell phone sufficed. But now I have a Canon Rebel t5i, so I’m excited to put some technical skill to my interest! (Shameless plug: follow my Instagram to watch me as I learn @jasminebejar) If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? Somewhere in Spain. Rumor has it that my last name descends from Spain, and I think that the culture would be an amazing experience. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in FW? This is the hardest question for me! It would probably be a TinCaps game. I love baseball, and our ball park is so much fun. Plus, then I would have 9 innings to tell them about all of the other things that there are to do in Fort Wayne. 😉 If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I don’t karaoke! But, if this were some alternative universe where I were brave enough, I’d probably go all out and sing anything (or everything) Taylor Swift. Stay tuned next month for another glimpse into one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email (info@livingfortwayne.com) or reach out to us on Social Media: @LivingFortWayne facebook.com/LivingFortWayne We’re always interested in meeting...

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Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge
Mar07

Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge

This week, a group of local college students are giving up their “sleep all day, Netflix all night” spring breaks and are instead participating in United Way of Allen County’s Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge. The program gives students a chance to step out of their comfort zone and see the needs in our community first-hand. This year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) focuses on A.L.I.C.E. (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families, those who are working but still can’t make ends meet on the wages they are making. Our community is wonderful, and Fort Wayne is growing and changing rapidly, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fellow community members who need help, and ASB is giving students the chance to get involved. The program is four days long and will focus on the southeast side of Fort Wayne. Participants will learn about the specific needs of our community and the needs of A.L.I.C.E. families, as well as have the opportunity to volunteer and take tours of local nonprofit agencies. It’s a great opportunity for everyone involved. Participants will be able to not only learn and network, but are also given the chance to really consider what role they play in invoking change, as Millennial community members. The nonprofits involved are able to raise awareness of the issues they have devoted themselves to changing, and the struggles of the individuals using these services are brought a little further into the light. Fort Wayne is a great place, full of great people. It’s exciting that we have organizations willing to invest in others, and to invest in the young people of the area. It’s also exciting, quite frankly, that we have young people in the area who were willing to give up a week of freedom to do something to strengthen our community and the families living in it. Our heart and passion is to see Fort Wayne blossom, to see business and art and culture grow, and to see people love and appreciate our city enough to live, work, and play here. Part of that growth is going to come from strengthening the families already living in this great city, and ASB is a step in the right direction. You can stay up to date with this year’s ASB through our social media! We will be adding pictures and stories from the group as the week goes...

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