United Way seeking volunteers for fund distribution process


Tannersville, PA The United Way of Monroe County is seeking volunteers for its annual “citizens’ review” fund distribution process.

Volunteers will serve on one of four panels that recommend where the money raised from the 2010 campaign will be allocated. Last year, the United Way of Monroe County distributed $528,537 to 40 local health and human service programs, including youth programs. Grant decisions are made by panel members, who carefully review all aspects of these programs and their funding requests.

Volunteers come from all over the county and have diverse backgrounds, but share a common goal of improving the lives of Monroe County residents. Citizens’ review is a unique feature of the United Way’s grant allocations.

The fund distribution process requires approximately a 15-hour commitment by volunteers between early March and late April. However, there is flexibility since each panel sets up its own schedule.

A breakfast orientation for volunteers will take place on Wednesday, March 2, at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Program site visits, budget reviews, and decision-making should be completed by April 23.

To volunteer or for more information, visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org or call the United Way of Monroe County at 570-629-5657 and ask for Monica Bein-Cravotta, campaign and fund distribution director. The deadline to respond is Monday, Feb. 14.

The United Way of Monroe County provides health and human services through community initiatives and funding to 35 local programs. Its targeted need areas include Engaging Youth, Meeting Basic Needs, Helping Children Succeed and Promoting Self-Sufficiency. “Live United” is part of the United Way’s mission of giving, advocating and volunteering to produce lasting community changes and advance the common good.