United Way Community Investment Volunteers Needed

United Way of Southwest Minnesota needs volunteers to help review local non-profit organizations that apply for Community Impact Grants this spring. This is an exciting and influential volunteer opportunity open to United Way supporters. As a volunteer you will review a handful of program applications seeking United Way funding. Selection as a Community Investment Volunteer will be competitive and limited in participation. Volunteer applications are due April 2, 2018.

Volunteers will work together in teams to conduct program interviews and look at applicant programs’ plans and goals, metrics and results, and financial management.  These reviews result in recommendations for funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors. Community Investment Volunteers are required to attend a one-time training facilitated by United Way staff regardless if they have volunteered in this capacity prior. The training will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 3:30PM-5:00PM at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.

This is one of the primary ways that the money that was raised in the recent campaign is put to work to benefit people living in this area. Funds that were raised during the recent annual United Way campaign are re-invested back into services that benefit people in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, Hunger and Safety and Well-Being.  Volunteers who live in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties are strongly encouraged to apply.

Community Investment Volunteer work is time-limited work over approximately 6 weeks during April and May.  Volunteers will be expected to spend up to 8 hours (usually in hour-long increments during the business day) conducting the reviews and preparing recommendations. The panel review work is set up at the convenience of each group and needs to take place before May 25th.

Volunteer applications are available online at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or by request at unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.