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Community Investment Volunteers

Help determine how United Way dollars are invested!

United Way provides funding to local programs that have proven their effectiveness. Through a process we call Community Investment, volunteers lead the review of funding requests, program outcomes, financial data and past performance.

Our Community Investment process is led by a diverse pool of volunteers from across our community. Volunteers ensure the sound investment of funds entrusted to us by studying all of the services United Way invests in, evaluating each service, and making investment recommendations, which are approved by United Way’s Board of Directors. These trained volunteers measure program investments against quality standards, make site visits, study issues and complete a comprehensive review process to help United Way direct investments to the very best services across our community.

Community Investment Volunteers work hard for change in our community. They represent the community as a whole and invest community dollars in programs that create real, lasting change in our community. They work at local manufacturing plants, banks, retail establishments, hospitals, distribution centers, schools. They work in large and small offices, for local business owners and for large companies with multiple locations. They are your co-workers and neighbors.

Time commitment is approximately 30 hours total, over a 90 day period. We know your time is valuable, so we have streamlined the process and honed it over the years based on volunteer feedback. The estimated time commitment includes: one training session (2 hours), review documents and applications (10 hours), visit program sites as a group (12 hours), make recommendations for funding based on document and application review and site visit experience (2 hours) and attend a final funding determination meeting in January (4 hours)


Click HERE to let us know you are interested or for more information/if you have questions

Click here to see training dates and to sign up for a session. Additional dates are available. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering but these training dates do not fit your schedule.


 Below are some quotes from past community investment volunteers. We hope that reading about their experiences will pique your interest in this volunteer opportunity.

“It was nice to hear from the different groups that United Way serves. I was not aware of the impact that all these services have on our community.”

“For someone who is new to the community, this experience provides a great overview of all the various needs in the community and the associated programs that serve those needs.”

“Stretching the dollars to all of the quality applications was both difficult and enjoyable. I learned a great deal about the River Valley community. There are a lot of great people doing great things.”

"Fascinating...everyone who cares about our community should participate in this process. I have told all my clients that if they have the opportunity, they need to go to United Way and sign up for the process next year."

“The process provided an excellent opportunity to learn and discuss the many needs of our community. It was a great chance to learn about the often overlooked needs of our community.”

“I was interested in participating in the process so I would be able to contribute to my community with knowledge gained through business and personal experiences.”

“The Community Investment process has made me realize how much need there is in the community. It has also given me a greater understanding of agency activity in the River Valley.”

“I was surprised to learn how many organizations were funded, in some way, by United Way funds.”

“I had no idea what to expect. It has been quite an eye opener both to the extent of need in the community and the vast array of agencies. I feel the process is streamlined and runs very efficiently. I would be happy to participate again next year.”

“I have always been interested in nonprofits and this provided the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of the local nonprofits.”

“There are so many worthy organizations in our county that I did not know even existed. United Way provides such a huge service to this community. I would encourage everyone to give and give generously!”