The Community Investment process allows United Way volunteers to decide which local agency programs receive the dollars raised during the campaign.
After local nonprofit agencies apply for funding for their program(s), community investment volunteer teams review applications, visit agencies and evaluate programs, and decide how dollars from the campaign are invested into those programs.
Community Investment volunteers are divided into teams that correspond with United Way’s four core priority areas of Health, Income, Education, and Basic Needs. Some of these areas have multiple teams assigned to them.
Being a part of United Way’s Community Investment process is a rewarding experience.
Volunteers describe the process as an eye opening, humbling learning experience. According to the Health 2 team, it is refreshing to see how dollars raised locally during the United Way campaign stay local when invested into local nonprofit agency programs.
Volunteers that participated in the Community Investment process in previous years find it interesting to see year after year to see how programs change and expand to other areas of the community because of United Way.
Several volunteers plan to participate in the Community Investment process again next year.