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Centre County United Way Seeks Distribution Volunteers

by on March 10, 2014 12:51 PM

Centre County United Way is recruiting local community members to volunteer and determine how funds will distributed to non-profit groups in the county.

Volunteers study the funding requests submitted by partner agencies, learn about their services and needs, and make recommendations for funding.

Volunteers must attend an hour-long training session on either Tuesday, March 25 or Wednesday, March 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers then sign up for up to three panels, consisting of five volunteers, to visit United Way funded agencies.

During these visits, agency representatives will make presentations that highlight their services, finances and measured outcomes so the panel can determine an appropriate level of funding.

Panel visits occur at various times of the day to accommodate scheduling requirements of both the volunteers and the agencies being visited.

"Funds Distribution Volunteers are a very important part of the allocation process," says United Way spokeswoman Megan Evans. "They represent our community as a whole in determining how the donations received during the annual campaign are allocated to our partner agencies. The process itself provides an opportunity for volunteers to understand the needs in our area and how those needs are being addressed in Centre County."

No special skills are required to participate, Evans says. Volunteers are asked to commit roughly eight hours in April.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Megan Evans, Centre County United Way, 238-8283, ext. 22.

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