Volunteers needed to help decide where United Way dollars are spent

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” This quote by Deann Hollis is stamped on the United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s website – and for good reason.

Without the commitment from dedicated volunteers, this non-profit agency would not have been able to help the families of our communities for more than 70 years and counting.

With that said, United Way of Southwest Louisiana is currently seeking volunteers to join the United Way Community Investment Team, a group of over 100 volunteers who help decide where funds raised by United Way will go.

Volunteers will conduct in-depth reviews of the programs provided by non-profits in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Beauregard and Allen parishes that have applied for United Way funding for the 2014-2015 grant cycle.

Serving on the Community Investment Team requires a moderate time commitment including an orientation; time to visit agencies; and the C&I Team meeting for final recommendations. The terms run March through May.

While accountability and stewardship are primary concerns, Community Investment volunteers often become advocates for the agencies they review as they become more aware of the good work these agencies perform.

When you join the United Way team, you’re supporting a powerful movement to impact the region’s most pressing health and human service needs.

United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s volunteer-led assessments assure the wisest investment of donor dollars. The result is diverse programs that make a difference in the lives of your co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, and others in need.

Currently, United Way of Southwest Louisiana works with our partners to deliver nearly 55 programs and multiple services that target community needs that center around the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to stable employment, sufficient income to support a family through retirement, and sound mental and physical health.

The Community Investment Volunteer Orientation is set for March 19, 2014 at the United Way office in downtown Lake Charles. For more info, please contact Michelle McInnis, Director of Community Impact, at (337) 433-1088.

Join United Way as the organization continues to address the underlying causes of community problems, transform lives and create opportunities for a good life for all!

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