The Community Investment process is a critical component to our mission. In the spring of each year, volunteer leaders who are also donors determine how to invest the resources raised during the most recent United Way campaign.
United Way Community Partners, as well as new, approved agencies, can submit program funding applications if the program is focused on Basic Needs, Income, Health, or Education. Volunteers then review program applications and conduct site visits to assess the program’s ability to meet the following criteria:
- Does the program meet a community need?
- How well does the program achieve results and change lives?
- Is the organization a good steward of its financial resources and in a good financial position?
Through this process, United Way achieves maximum impact and truly changes lives in the Chattahoochee Valley.
Community Investment Volunteer Review Testimonies
Click on each volunteer to read about their experience in 2018!
Sebastian DixonCommunity Investment Board Member and Volunteer
Catherine BudzynskiCommunity Investment Board Member and Volunteer
David MitchellCommunity Investment Board Chair and Volunteer
My first involvement in Community Investment was through The Family Center as a member of their board a few years ago. I remembered how the process was instrumental in supporting the needs of the agency.
Therefore, when asked to serve as a board member; I gladly accepted. The role of the volunteers is crucial and meticulous. We were tasked with making sure the organizations are being good stewards of the allotted dollars and that they are meeting the expectations of their stated mission.
The value of volunteering for this process engages you with a group of professionals in and around your community. There are many nonprofits that I encounter every year. I will only support those that have proven track record of achieving results. As a Community Investment member, I see first-hand how these organizations are touching the community.
The volunteers are United Way’s eyes and ears. Community Investment volunteers carefully review the applications requesting funding and then meet with agencies to see how they help address a community need. Review of applicants focus on that need as well as the individual results of the agency and its stewardship of the community’s money. Volunteers then work with their team to come up with a funding recommendation for each agency.
United Way of the CV does a great job of putting teams together with people whose individual strengths are different and complement each other so that decisions are made in a way that looks at the whole picture.
For me, results and stewardship are the two most important aspects that help set apart great agencies from good ones. I have yet to review an agency
that was not addressing a clear community need. So the key for our team has always been: What is this agency doing that has a positive impact and clearly helps address that need in the community? And are they being good stewards of the community’s money?
The process works and makes a meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of our neighbors.
I began volunteering for the Community Investment process about six or seven years ago. I had never had any experience with United Way and thought this would be a good way to learn about its activities. I have seen and learned a great deal about many of the agencies United Way supports and the good work they do with limited funds. I especially enjoy meeting and getting to know the volunteers, all of whom I have found to be very dedicated to the community and thoughtful about what they are tasked with doing on the Community Investment teams.
To me, what is perhaps most rewarding in the role of Community Investment Chair, is the opportunity to potentially help solve some of our community’s more difficult problems.The role of the volunteers is, of course, critical to the process by which the United Way invests the funds it collects. Essentially it is the community that donates the money, and it is the community that determines how it wishes to disburse the money to best achieve its goal of helping to improve the community. The volunteers are essential to investing the community’s dollars.
Become a Community Investment Volunteer
If you are interested in being involved in next year’s Community Investment process, contact Jennifer St John at (706) 327-3255 ext 211 or email@example.com.
If you have not had a chance to make a contribution yet, you can give here.