Community Investment Volunteer
The mission of United Way of Noble County is to unite our community’s efforts to improve the quality of life for its residents. United Way volunteers possess the knowledge, passion, and expertise required to create lasting change in our community. We invite you to be a part of the change, to share our vision of an Noble County where all individuals and families discover and achieve their potential. As such, we are currently seeking individuals from all walks of life to join us as Community Investment Volunteers.
What is the United Way Community Investment Process?
The Community Investment Process is the way in which United Way of Noble County determines the amount of funding it provides to non-profit agencies. Trained volunteers work on Community Investment teams, to make funding recommendations after carefully reviewing the applications and documents that potential agencies submit. United Way’s Board of Directors approves final investment decisions.
Purpose of Community Investment Teams:
- Review applications from non-profit organizations and make funding recommendations to the Community Impact Committee.
- Monitor progress of funded services and programs.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Build relationships with community and agency leaders.
- Strengthen analytical and decision-making skills in a team atmosphere.
- Enhance understanding of the complex needs and issues facing the broader community as well as potential responses to those needs.
- Help build a stronger community by ensuring resources are invested as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Benefits to United Way:
- Ensure that a broad range of interests are represented and heard from throughout the Community Investment Process.
- Ensure transparency for investment of donor contributions.
- Increase community awareness regarding the use of United Way funds.
- Further the mission of United Way of Noble County.
A Successful Community Investment Volunteer is:
- An advocate for United Way of Noble County and its work in the community.
- Passionate about making a difference in Noble County.
- A financial contributor to United Way of Noble County.
- Knowledgeable of and/or eager to learn about community needs, issues, and resources.
- Professional in their behavior (i.e. timely, respectful, considerate).
- Able to work well with others in a group setting.
- Committed to maintaining appropriate confidentiality of Community Investment team discussions and materials.
- Committed to diversity and inclusivity.
- Able to use online grant software (training provided).
Volunteer Responsibilities and Expectations:
Application Review and Funding Determination:
- Disclose any involvement with other agencies and/or any possible conflicts of interest to United Way.
- Attend one of the required training sessions in February 2019
- Review, score, and submit notations via email prior to application review sessions.
- Attend weekly team meetings during application review sessions (4-6 meetings) during February – March 2019.
Other Responsibilities During the 2019 Funding Cycle:
- Attend and participate in agency site visits as scheduled.
- Participate in annual review of year-end agency reports.
- Community Investment Volunteers commit to spend approximately 20 hours of time over a 4-month period (approx. 10 hours reviewing materials; approx. 10 hours participating in trainings and meetings) This time commitment is essential to fulfill the role and responsibilities to United Way and its donors.
Volunteer Timeline Overview:
- Volunteer application closes on November 30, 2018.
- All approved volunteers are notified and divided into teams by January 31, 2018.
- Required training for volunteers will be held February 26th -28th, 2019.
- Volunteers will begin to review and score applications after completing their training.
- Reviews and team meetings are held March – April 2019 (see calendar).
- Team funding recommendations go to the Community Impact Committee in May 2019.
Investment Team Calendar
11:30-1:00pm (attendance required at one of the following dates):
Application Scoring and Feedback
To make the most of our face-to-face time all volunteers are expected to review, score and submit feedback on assigned applications via email prior to each week’s meeting.
Scoring and feedback must be submitted by 8 pm the Sunday prior to that applications review meeting. (volunteers will receive an in-depth schedule during their February training.)
Thank you for your consideration. If you have questions, please visit our website at www.uwnoble.org or contact us at 260-347-6822