United Way seeks Volunteers for Fund Distribution Process


Tannersville, PA – Now that the United Way of Monroe County’s 2011 campaign is over, it’s time to allocate the money raised. And volunteers from throughout the community are needed for this very important job.

The United Way’s annual “citizens’ review” fund distribution process will kick off with an orientation in late February and continue until the end of April. Volunteers will serve on one of four panels that recommend where campaign funds will be distributed. These panels are: Helping Children Succeed, Meeting Basic Needs, Promoting Self-Sufficiency and Engaging Youth.

Volunteers will carefully review all aspects of the nonprofit programs seeking funding and will make recommendations about grant requests. The process includes meetings, site visits to agencies and a review of outcomes/results in improving people’s lives. The time commitment can range from 15 to 25 hours, with each panel setting up its own schedule.

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 process.

The breakfast orientation for volunteers will take place on Wednesday, February 29, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Attendees will receive their panel information and will get to meet fellow members. Panel meetings and site visits will run from March 5 to April 27.

Last year, the United Way of Monroe County distributed about $470,000 to 33 local health and human service programs, plus an additional $10,000 to youth programs. Nearly 50 volunteers were involved in the decision-making.

To get involved or for more information, visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org or call the United Way of Monroe County at 570-629-5657 and ask for Monica Cravotta, campaign and fund distribution director. The deadline to respond is Friday, Feb. 3.

The United Way of Monroe County provides health and human services through community initiatives and funding to 33 local programs. “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.