Community Investment Volunteers

Community Investment (CI) Volunteers are essential to distributing United Way Community Fund dollars back into the community. CI Volunteers are trained by United Way to review funding requests, visit local agencies, analyze program outcomes, and make funding recommendations to United Way’s Board of Directors. With the help of dedicated Community Investment Volunteers, United Way can ensure that Community Fund dollars go to agencies that will significantly impact Pope, Johnson, and Yell Counties.

W E ’ R E  L O O K I N G  F O R  S O M E O N E   W H O:

  • Is committed to United Way’s mission to improve lives

  • Is interested in the Community Investments process and how our funds are distributed

  • Would like to be an integral part of helping United Way make informed decisions to direct Community Fund dollars to local nonprofits/agencies.

  • Has the ability to work as a team to make objective decisions based on community needs and program performance

  • Can make the necessary time commitments, which typically involve 4 hours per week of volunteer time for a 12-week period


  • A commitment to working with organizations, volunteers, staff, and board membership who broadly reflect the diversity of the community and do not discriminate based on race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, or sexual orientation;  
  • The ability to make decisions in an objective manner based on community needs and program performance;  
  • The ability to work cooperatively within a team and arrive at a consensus;  
  • The ability to make the necessary time commitments;  
  • Transparency about conflict of interest with any organization applying for program funding. NOTE: where a conflict exists, the volunteer will recuse themselves from that organization’s review; it does not disqualify the volunteer from participating entirely;  
  • A commitment to upholding United Way’s confidentiality policy ensures that sensitive information concerning finances, client identities, etc., is kept in strict confidence and will not be shared; Broad and diverse volunteer participation from the communities we serve is key to our investment process.

W H A T  I S  T H E  T I M E  C O M M I T M E N T?


Attend one 2-hour training session in Russellville. Multiple sessions are available from which to choose

  • August 1st Session 1 - 10am to 12pm

  • August 1st Session 1 - 2pm to 4pm

  • August 9th  - 11am to 1pm

  • August 15th - 12pm to 2pm

S I T E   V I S I T S  &  A P P L I C A T I O N  R E V I E W 

September & October 2023 - Visit program sites with the Community Investment Team. Program site visits are scheduled with input from the team. Review & score applications and make funding recommendations.


I N T E R E S T E D?

Submit the short form below to get started. We will send you a welcome packet shortly after registration.



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No person may serve on the Community Investment Committee if they or a member of their immediate family are employed by or currently serving on the Board of Directors of any agency receiving or seeking a grant from River Valley United Way.