United Way's Community Impact
We are committed to advancing the common good and creating opportunities for all by focusing on the building blocks of a good life - Education, Income, and Health.
United Way has undergone an evolutionary process from being known as a successful fundraiser and fund distributor to a higher calling that now includes not only fundraising, but being a convener: focusing on strategies and actions needed to improve lives and create lasting change in our communities.
In January 2012, UWRV unveiled its Community Action Plan to Advance the Common Good, which was the culmination of the comprehensive planning and engagement process that took place over 24 months. UWRV is building on existing strengths and implementing new strategies to achieve measurable progress over time Education, Income and Health.
The United Way Impact Fund supports our work. It is an investment in the community to ensure that more people have the help they need to achieve long-term success. Most people seeking assistance during tough times need help from multiple programs and agencies. Those giving to the United Way Impact Fund have the assurance that their gifts cover a broad but focused spectrum of identified needs in the community rather than just supporting one particular program or agency. The results from these investments are closely monitored by trained volunteers. Your investment in the United Way Impact Fund is monitored, leveraged, focused, and achieves outcomes.
Monitored - A diverse group of trained volunteers invest money into programs that report how they use money to improve lives.
Leveraged - United Way and funded programs leverage United Way funding in services that prevent additional costly services, and bring additional funding into our community.
Outcomes - The Impact Fund guarantees that your money is changing lives. Programs must show the long-term outcomes they are achieving.
Community Investment Process
Gifts to the United Way Impact Fund are pooled and are invested in the community through a volunteer-driven Community Investment Process. The Community Impact Council and a large number of community volunteers review program applications and collectively make critical decisions. These volunteers recommend how to invest in Impact Fund dollars to best achieve impact in education, income, and health. Volunteers are trained to use a data-driven review process emphasizing alignment with UWRV's priorities, collaboration, and strong outcome measurement. Funding is awarded to programs and initiatives that make a measurable impact on important community issues.
Click here to read the full details and policies about the Community Investment Process.
Volunteer-led Community Investment Process
The 2014 Community Investment Process invested $3.1million raised by the Impact Fund in successful programs working in Education, Income, and Health. Over 80 volunteers from 40 local companies volunteered 1200 hours! Click here to read the full details from the 2014 Community Investment Process. and click to see our impact in Education, Income, and Health.
Community Impact Council
United Way of Roanoke Valley's Community Impact Council is a standing committee of the Board of Directors that leads the UWRV's Community Impact work. They play a key role in the development of new Coalition Partners and the Community Investment Process. Thank you to the following members of the Community Impact Council:
Mike Dittrich, Chair, Pepsi Retiree
Robert Nave, Rutherfoord, A Marsh & McLennan Agency
Wayne Stickland, Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Commission
Cheri Hartman, Carilion Clinic
Kirk Ballin, Easter Seals
Diane Conner, RGC Resources
Ginny Hardin, Community Volunteer
Dan Merenda, Council of Community Services
Anita Reed, Allstate Insurance Company
Kerri Thornton, Carilion Clinic
David Nuckolls, Advance Auto Parts
Rita Bishop, Roanoke City Schools
Dale Harless, RGC Resources
Carol Tuning, City of Roanoke
Kathy Stockburger, Community Volunteer
Susan Campbell, Wells Fargo
Cynda Johnson, Carilion Clinic
Kathy Baske Young, Blue Ridge Resources, LLC
Sandra Pratt, Wheeler Broadcasting
Stacey Deaton, State Farm
Brian Ripple, Wells Fargo
Doloris Vest, Delve Consulting
Craig Ramey, Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute
Sarah Wall, Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute