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Community Investment Volunteer Info

CLICK HERE to learn more about being a Community Investment volunteer.

Greater Ottawa County United Way is always seeking interested community members, who live and/or work in Ottawa County, to have a voice in the funding of human service programs throughout Ottawa County. Community investment volunteers help to decide where the funds raised during the annual campaign are invested, or allocated. We continue to work within our Community Impact Model and the following Impact Areas; Education, Financial Stability, Health, Basic Needs. Volunteers need to simply have an interest in helping to better their community and may choose an impact area and panel that fit their interests and time schedule.

The Basic Needs impact area includes programs that ensure people have life's basic needs; the Education impact area programs help people achieve their full potential; the Financial Stability impact area programs assure people achieve financial stability; and Health impact area programs help people to live in a healthy way.

The Community Investment Process is now a two year process. The process began with a brief volunteer training session in February. Volunteers stayed on the same panel they were assigned to during Year 1 and each panel is assigned any where from 4 to 8 different applications for review. Each volunteer receives a 3-ring binder containing the program applications to review, along with information about United Way’s community impact model and its intended results. For Year 2 the panel members met twice having a pre-meeting to review all panel applications; and the following week later the panels listened to program presentations and decided which programs would receive more then what they received over last year.  The recommendations are then presented to the United Way Board of Directors.  

The volunteer time commitment averages about 20 hours over a two-month period, CLICK HERE to view the Community Investment brochure

Contact Liz DeLaLuz to learn more or sign up: ldelaluz@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 395-7811 x205.