Become a Panelist


Through the Community Investment Process, United Way donors make recommendations on how undesignated donations should be invested in local nonprofit programs that serve our community. Volunteers are invested in United Way’s guiding principles of integrity, leadership, inclusiveness, volunteerism, and excellence. 
Community Investment Volunteers:
  • Represent donors, companies, and government agencies.
  • Have a commitment to the stewardship of community funds.
  • Desire to learn more about community issues and needs.
February: Orientations
  • Returning volunteers attend refresher trainings and new volunteers are trained in the process.

March: Review Grant Applications

  • Volunteers conduct a comprehensive analysis of agency programs applying to their selected focus area: education, health and/or basic needs.

April: Program Presentations and Agency Site Visits

  • Volunteers attend two full days of site visits/presentations. 
  • Volunteers spend 1 hour at each agency touring the site and listening to program presentations. 
Recommendation Meetings
  • Each panel meets to discuss volunteers’ funding recommendations. 
25-30 hours over 4-months 
Interested in becoming a Community Investment Panelist? Register or learn more by contacting Rebecca Cleary, Partnership Specialist, at 444-7148 or