Investing in our Future
The United Way of Summit County Community Investment Process
United Way of Summit County is making a
real difference in the lives of real people. By focusing resources
and relying on local expertise, we are able to provide solutions for the
most critical needs in our community. Hundreds of local volunteers
determine how to multiply the value of your donation and make the biggest
impact on our communities. When you give to United Way, you help make life better for all of us, and help make our cities and towns better places to live.
United Way is a community builder. Although United Way is perhaps best
known for our annual fundraising campaign, our real impact is within the
organizations and the programs funded by United Way. These programs provide
services to those in need all year-round. United Way funded organizations
are continually at work improving and building our community.
Each year, United Way relies on teams of volunteers from our community to
determine how to distribute the donations to United Way among these local
programs & services. This vital and rewarding role lets you decide which of
our community’s needs are most pressing and which programs will best fulfill
these needs. Community Investment volunteers allocate millions of dollars to local
agency programs, but the agencies often require funds beyond the reach of
United Way’s resources. The volunteers must decide what programs should be
funded and what portion each should receive.
Volunteers work to ensure that United Way
donations are spent wisely and well. Agency programs, budgets, and outcomes
are studied in detail and weighed with the needs in the community to assure
that the safety-net of services continues to build our community.
Community Investment Decision-Making Tools