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United Way seeking volunteers for allocations panel

From Illinois Business Journal news services

ST. LOUIS  ̶  United Way of Greater St. Louis is seeking volunteers to serve on its allocations panel between June and November 2015, roles that help determine how more than $1 million each week is invested into its fund agencies.

Allocations panel volunteers will spend about 40 hours over six months visiting local health and human service agencies supported by United Way to then distribute the funds raised each year during the fall fundraising campaign.

During the agency visits, allocations volunteers use United Way’s Quality Standards to assess each agency to assure United Way dollars are efficiently utilized to help people in need, and assist agencies in structuring programs that provide consistent and effective services to the community. The volunteers’ work means that donors can be sure their gifts are distributed to agencies making a demonstrated, positive difference in the lives of people in our community.

“Participating in United Way’s allocations process is a great way to learn about our community, meet interesting and committed people from all walks of life and develop leadership skills,” said Kathy Gardner, senior vice president, community investment. “Allocations volunteers are a critical asset to United Way and the more than 170 agencies we support. Their generous time and efforts allow United Way to continue helping one in three people throughout our region every year.”

An allocations volunteer since 2008, William Garry, added “I really enjoy the agencies we work with (on the allocations panel). It’s a wonderful experience to interact with so many bright minds and people that I wouldn’t normally have a chance to interact with in my day-to-day work and my local community.”

For more information on becoming an allocations panel volunteer, visit United Way’s Volunteer Center at, or call (314) 421-0700.

United Way of Greater St. Louis covers 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois.


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