How Does United Way Invest In The Community?
United Way is focused on four priority areas that we believe are essential building blocks for a great life: Basic Needs, Income, Health and Education. Our approach is unique because we invest in programs that meet a need, achieve results and are good stewards of resources. Volunteers, who are donors and leaders, review and assess programs to determine funding. Each year, people across our community benefit from programs and initiatives made possible through generous contributions. This year, United Way funding ensured help was available to meet the growing needs across our community.
We support the Chattahoochee Valley through a network of partners that work collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services that will change lives and achieve results greater than any single organization.
We provide annual grants through a competitive proposal process to high-performing organizations that address our community’s most pressing needs. All grant applications are assessed through a community-led review process, in which dedicated volunteers evaluate and identify the local collaborations and approaches that can create a lasting impact.
Help determine how United Way Dollars are invested! On an annual basis, United way provides funding to local programs that have proven their effectiveness. Through a process we call Community Investment, donor volunteers lead the review of funding requests, program outcomes, financial data and past performance. The volunteer review takes place during March and April. Volunteer meetings typically take place during business hours. The total volunteer time commitment from March 13 to April 28, including training, is approximately 22-25 hours.
Thank you to our Community Investment Volunteers and the companies who allowed them to donate their time!
Community Investment Volunteer Review Testimonies
Click on each volunteer to read about their experiences!
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.