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Be a part of our Volunteer Allocations Team!

Each year United Way of West Alabama relies on over 60 Volunteer Allocation Team members to help make decisions about what community programs will be a good investment of United Way dollars. VAT members increase program accountability to donors of United Way by requiring agencies to define how donor funds will be spent. Between April and June, volunteers convene to discuss agency allocation requests and determine whether funds requested will be a good investment of United Way dollars. Your Allocation Panel will be chaired by a volunteer who will guide you through the process. In addition, United Way Allocation Staff will provide training and general assistance to the panel.

The 2014 Volunteer Allocation Team (VAT) of United Way of West Alabama is currently being formed. This Committee plays a vital part in the fulfillment of United Way’s mission, as they make important decisions about how the United Way’s money is spent in our community. By participating on the committee, not only will you meet some wonderful volunteers, but you will also become deeply aware of the services provided by a few of our agencies.

Volunteering has never been easier. This year’s site visits will take place between April 2014 – June 2014. You are only committed to a 1 1/2 hour orientation-week 1, 2 hour pre-meeting-week 2 and 4 hours for site visits in 1 day-week 3 for a total of 8 hours.

To Volunteer for the 2014 Volunteer Allocation Team click here.

Volunteer Job Description

Role Summary:

Each year United Way of West Alabama relies on over 60 Volunteer Allocation Team members to help make decisions about what community programs will be a good investment of United Way dollars. VAT members increase program accountability to donors of United Way by requiring agencies to define how donor funds will be spent. Between April and June, volunteers convene to discuss agency allocation requests and determine whether funds requested will be a good investment of United Way dollars. Your Allocation Panel will be chaired by a volunteer who will guide you through the process. In addition, United Way Allocation Staff will provide training and general assistance to the panel.

Duties Include:

  • Attend an orientation.
  • Attend VAT pre-meeting and read agency materials to prepare for the process.
  • Learn about the agency, its clients, its mission and programs. Discover the impact the agency has on the client and community.
  •  Attend and actively participate in agency site visits in order to understand the perspective of agency volunteers and staff.
  • Understand the difference between a governing board, which establishes policy, and staff, who works directly with budgets and programs.
  • Keep in mind the needs of the community when reviewing agency services and the program budget requests.
  • Screen out personal biases in order to make objective judgments based on meeting community needs.
  • Determine the benefits the program provides to address community issues.

Time Requirement

Approximately 8 hours including orientation, travel, pre-meetings and agency visits over a couple of weeks.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers should be willing to look at programs from a community perspective, to share their viewpoint with committee members, and be able to review agency applications and materials in a fair and unbiased manner. Volunteers should be committed to meeting community needs by effectively allocating funds to agencies.

Conflict of Interest

Persons associated with an agency receiving or seeking United Way funding that is assigned to their panel should immediately disclose this to staff or the panel chair. United Way will attempt to place volunteers on a committee with which they do not have a conflict of interest.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers will learn about human service programs, community needs and how United Way contributions are meeting these needs. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to meet, work with and get to know other concerned community leaders, volunteers and service providers. This process is designed to help volunteers gain experience in community and group decision-making processes.

For questions or additional information please email Holly De Ramus Beck, Director of Allocations and Community Partnerships or call 345.6640.