Community Investment

Have you ever wondered what happens to the money raised during Great Rivers United Way’s annual campaign? Being a Community Investment Volunteer is a great opportunity to help decide which programs in our seven-county service region receive funding.

Great Rivers United Way accepts grants every two years. In granting years, we recruit roughly 100 community members to review program applications and determine how Great Rivers United Way’s funds should be distributed.

Being a Community Investment Volunteer means:

  • Reviewing and scoring the applications submitted by Partner Agencies
  • Working independently, and then coming together with other volunteers to share your thoughts
  • Making important decisions on investing donated funds
  • Increasing your knowledge of community needs and resources
  • Being a part of a process that makes a big difference in your community

As a Community Investment Volunteer, you will give approximately 11-14 hours of service to the community in December and January:

  • 1.5 hour virtual training on how to review grant applications
  • 7-10 hours of reviewing and scoring applications online on your own time
  • 2.5 hour virtual panel, during which you will discuss and rank your assigned programs with other volunteers
    • There are generally several panels dates to choose from — you will sign up for one

Our next need for Community Investment Volunteers is Fall/Winter 2023. If you have any questions or would like to be notified when recruitment begins, please call or email Liz Evans, Community Impact Director, at (608) 796-1400, Ext. 105 or

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