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Aug. 3, 2018
By Brenda Kibbe, Sioux Empire United Way volunteer chair
Volunteers are the backbone of many great organizations across the Sioux Empire. People give of their time to deliver meals to older adults, connect with a student they mentor weekly, lead sports teams or deliver gently used furniture to families in need.
Sioux Empire United Way is no different from many nonprofit organizations in our reliance on volunteers to carry out our mission. Nearly 1,000 volunteers handle responsibilities that would be impossible to carry out with just 10 staff members. This includes our annual process of reviewing funding applications and determining funding needs for the coming year.
As chair of the community impact team that handles the allocations process, I can tell you our community impact volunteers have an incredible responsibility of being good stewards of gifts given to Sioux Empire United Way. Our volunteers are United Way givers themselves and want to ensure that funding decisions are given their due diligence.
One hundred community members volunteered more than 1,500 hours in March, April and May for Sioux Empire United Way’s funding application process. This process ensures that gifts to United Way effectively meet the needs of the Sioux Empire.
Here’s how the process works:
My personal takeaway from this role is really understanding how often programs funded by United Way touch the lives of family members, co-workers and neighbors.
The funding decisions for 2019 include funds for 86 programs at 39 local agencies. Each of those 39 agencies provides services right here in the Sioux Empire, overseen by its own board of directors. The end result is that one in three people will be served by programs that provide financial assistance, shelter from domestic violence, mental health counseling, quality and affordable child care and more.
To learn more, visit us at seuw.org.
It takes volunteers 1,500 hours to decide how Sioux Empire United Way funding is allocated. Here’s a look at how it works.