United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties is getting ready to begin its 2012 Fund Distribution Process, more commonly known as Allocations. This eye-opening experience enables community volunteers to zero in on local community needs and to determine which programs address and provide the most successful outcomes to meet those needs.
Community volunteers are responsible for making decisions on how best to invest campaign dollars so that they produce the most positive impact on our community. By the end of January, United Way will have secured its $1.3 million dollar goal to invest in community programs in four key impact areas: Education, Family and Financial Stability, Health and Core Emergency Services.
The United Way looks for people who have a curiosity and compassion for the community, who like to assess information and make tough decisions, and who enjoy working in groups through a process to allocate dollars effectively. The time commitment includes approximately 25-30 hours of meeting time, all of which is after 5 p.m. The process begins on Wednesday, February 1 with an evening of training and includes presentations on different nights throughout February. The process concludes on Wednesday, February 29 when the volunteers collectively make their decisions.
“The timeline for this process is very tight, the commitment very short term, and the experience provides volunteers with an amazingly broad education on the comprehensive programs it takes to keep our community healthy,” says Brenda Linnick, Executive Director for United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties.
Applications and a complete schedule are available at www.uwwayneholmes.org.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the experience should contact Tiffany Leeper or Brenda Linnick at United Way at 330-264-5576.