Led by director of community initiatives Gladys Pryor, 20 volunteer community members are visiting program sites to evaluate, score and recommend grant amounts for the 2017-2018 year.
Each year, dedicated volunteers carefully and attentively make important grant decisions that impact our community and help make our community a better place to live and work.
“We are very lucky to have such involved community members,” stated Pryor. “These volunteers donate approximately 30 hours to receive training, review materials, visit programs and attend meetings.”
This year, 21 agencies have requested financial support for 30 individual programs. Requested funding is based on their particular needs and programs, and can be as basic as operating costs to as advanced as developing a new program.
“United Way is transitioning from a fundraising model to an outcome based model,” added Pryor. “Therefore, funded partners will measure and report their program outcomes, and how it impacts the community.”
Community impact is an all-inclusive approach of how the programs impact individuals, families and our communities. United Way looks at participant needs beyond the services offered by a single program, and evaluates how those services / programs makes our community a better place to live.
United Way’s 5-year Plan consists of three impact focus areas: education, financial stability and health. Associated with the impact areas are tactics and measurable outcomes which community programs will use as a guide to meet targeted community needs. For example: Within the education impact, an outcome could be that high quality child care facilities will show an increased number of children that achieve appropriate developmental milestones to be Kindergarten-Ready. Another education impact is that more area teens and young adults will earn college degrees.
This year, $2.1million has been identified to support funded partners and United Way received 30 requests. Agencies must submit their request every year to be considered. The grant process takes approximately four (4) months, starting with reviewing applications and financials, recruiting and training volunteers, followed by program site visits and presentations.
These recommendations are then presented to the volunteer Community Initiatives Committee, followed by the United Way GBACC Board of Directors for final approval.
For more than 70 years, United Way of the Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County has tackled our community’s most difficult issues in the areas of education, financial stability and health. For more information about your United Way, visit: www.unitedwaygbacc.org