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United Way seeking volunteers on allocation panels in Metro East

 

From Illinois Business Journal news services

BELLEVILLE — United Way is seeking volunteers in the region, specifically in the Metro East, to serve on its allocations panels between June and December 2016.

Allocations panel volunteers will spend about 40 hours over seven months visiting local Metro East 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, volunteers evaluate an agency’s effectiveness by using United Way’s Quality Standards for nonprofit organizations. 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 Illinois.

There are two panels that volunteers can serve on for United Way’s Metro East agencies – the Community Services Panel and the Youth Services Panel. Volunteers on the Community Services Panel will visit and learn about agencies in Illinois that provide food, homeless services, counseling and a variety of other basic needs services. The Youth Services Panel volunteers will visit and learn about agencies in Illinois that help at-risk youth develop into healthy, productive adults. Volunteers who are interested in serving on either of the two Metro East panels can find more information and sign up at STLVolunteer.org/IllinoisAllocationsPanels.

“United Way works closely with our partner agencies in the Metro East to ensure that the community’s generous donations are carefully and thoughtfully put to good use to help the most people,” said Samantha Sherrod, United Way’s funding manager supporting the Metro East panels. “Allocations volunteers are a critical asset to United Way and provide a level of insight that is unmatched. Their generous time and efforts allow United Way to continue helping more than 100,000 people in St. Clair, Clinton, Monroe and Randolph counties each year.”

David Paeth, civic leader and chair of United Way’s community investment committee for the Metro East, said, “It’s been a very enlightening and meaningful experience volunteering on United Way’s allocations panels the past few years. Serving as the committee chair has been so eye-opening for me as to the needs of our community, learning in depth about how United Way’s partner agencies are helping local people in Illinois. It’s truly an honor to work alongside so many talented, passionate and diverse volunteers all working to be excellent stewards of the community’s generosity.”

For more information on the allocations process and volunteering, visit United Way’s Volunteer Center at STLVolunteer.org, or call Samantha Sherrod at (314) 539-4251.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis is located throughout 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois. For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit www.HelpingPeople.org.

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