To enable social change, United Way follows a rigorous process engaging volunteers to ensure investments are responsive to the community and produce measurable results.
Each year, we accept applications for funding from local social service agencies in one of three priority areas:
• All That Kids Can Be: Encouraging children and youth to reach their full potential.
• Empowering People & Communities: Enhancing quality of life of adults with disabilities and those in crisis.
• Moving From Poverty To Possibility: Addressing basic needs including food, shelter, and employment.
The Community Investment Panel reviews applications for funding and recommends investment decisions to the Board of Directors based on organization strengths, program outcomes, and community need. As a result, successful applicants receive funding for three years enabling them to plan and to act strategically. This creates lasting impact in the community.
"Our goal is to make our local community a better place by helping those in need. Through community consultations and engaging Community Investment Panel volunteers, we strategically invest resources where they have the greatest impact."
Rob DePetris, Chair, Board of Directors
United Way reviewed the priority area All That Kids Can Be to ensure investments remain relevant to the evolving needs of the community. Through a survey and consultations with youth and adults, community members shared insights to guide investments in programs serving children and youth.
Throughout the review, consultation participants recommended that resources must continue to be allocated where they are needed the most and where they will have the greatest impact. Speciﬁcally, to increase children and youth’s opportunities to reach their full potential, United Way should emphasize program funding to:
• Increase activities and opportunities to learn during out-of-school time; and,
• Increase access to appropriate housing and nutritious foods, speciﬁcally for children and youth.
In the future, similar reviews will be completed for each of the priority areas to ensure funding allocations continue to produce signiﬁcant returns on investment.