The Centre County United Way Annual Fundraising Campaign supports
the 28 health and human service agencies that make up the Partner Agency Network.
It is very important that the decisions as to how campaign funds are distributed
be broad-based and include volunteers from all walks of life and all kinds of
businesses throughout Centre County. Our community relies on these volunteers
to act as stewards for funds allocated to partner agencies and to ensure that the
donated dollars are spent where they are needed in the most efficient way possible.
We invite you to become part of that fund distribution process
by serving on a citizen review panel.
Once the annual campaign has wrapped up in January, we move in to the process of allocating funding to our 28 partner agencies.
This is called the Funds Distribution (FD) Process.
We could not complete this process without the help of community volunteers.
United Way Board and Staff members DO NOT make the decisions regarding how much each agency program should receive.
We recruit volunteers from our community to represent the thousands of donors who contributed to the campaign.
It is the best way for community members to better understand what the partner agencies do and the impact their programs have on everyone in Centre County.
The time commitment to volunteer is not overwhelming. There are just a few steps you need to take to become a part of the FD team.
- You will need to complete the Volunteer Information Form and email it to email@example.com (10 min)
- You will need to complete the Site Visit Form and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org (10 min) When completing this form we ask that you look at your schedule for the month of April and look at the list of site visits. Simply put your initials next to ALL of the visits you would be able to attend based on your schedule. Each visit is 2 hours long and takes place as a ZOOM meeting. We will then schedule you for the visits, along with a panel chair and 2 other volunteers. You visit as a team!
- Attend a volunteer training via ZOOM. You have the option to attend on Tuesday, March 23 or Wednesday, March 24 from 5:30-6:30pm (1 hr)
- Read the agency application(s), which will be emailed to you, PRIOR to attending the site visit. (1hr)
- Attend the 2 hour site visit(s) you are scheduled to attend. (2 hr. if 1 site – 4 hrs if 2 sites– 6 hrs if 3 sites)
- Review final panel reports that will be sent to you by the panel chair via email (5-10 min)
So in total, you could potentially need between 4 hrs and 30 min to 8 hrs and 30 mins over the course of 1 month in order to volunteer!!
Not bad, right?!
The timeline for the 2021 Funds Distribution Process is as follows:
Monday, March 15 – Partner Agency Applications for funding are due at the United Way Office
Monday, March 15 – United Way Board determines how much money we have to allocate to the agencies
Thursday, March 18 – Panel Chair Training - ZOOM 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 23 - Volunteer Training - ZOOM 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 24 - Volunteer Training - ZOOM 5:30pm
Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 30 - ZOOM site visits with agencies
Tuesday, May 11 – Panel Chairs meet to make final allocation recommendations
Monday, May 17 – Recommendations are presented to United Way board for approval
If you would like to talk more about this process before you decide whether to participate, please call Megan Evans at 238-8283. Please leave a message with your name and number and she will return your call. Or you can reach Megan by email at email@example.com
If you know you are ready to get started, please fill out the forms and email them back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once I have everyone’s paperwork I will begin forming teams and assigning site visits. I will send email reminders regarding the training sessions.
Please understand, however, that if you are already involved in the governance or operations of a United Way member agency, this could be construed as a
conflict of interest, and we would place you on a panel visiting other agencies.
You may be part of a large company or organization and may know of others who might like to become part of the process. People who have helped plan the
campaign in their company are often interested in seeing where the money actually goes. People who know little about the United Way are also good prospects; it helps them
learn it’s a process they can trust. You will learn more about the issues facing our community and what is being done to make Centre County a better place.
Please call the United Way office (238-8283 ext 22) or email
Megan Evans – email@example.com – if you are interested
in volunteering or have any questions about the process.
We look forward to having you on our team!