Each year United Way invites area non-profits to join as a partner in making our vision for the community come to life: a community where all are empowered to achieve their potential through education, financial stability, and healthy lives.
We make an impact in our community by partnering with organizations and launching our own projects and programs. All of our work aligns with our areas of focus and our priority areas.
Organizations serving Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, and/or Shelby Counties can apply to become a United Way Community Impact Agency. As a Community Impact Agency, organizations receive volunteer support, marketing support, and monthly funding from November - October. United Way raises these dollars through the organization's annual campaign. Agencies must apply each year to be a Community Impact Agency. Following is information regarding United Way's Areas of Focus and Areas of Priority.
United Way’s Areas of Focus
United Way’s three areas of focus are education, financial stability, and healthy lives. These are the three building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. If all individuals were empowered in these three areas, they would be able to achieve their potential. United Way funds and implements projects and programs that correlate with these three areas of focus.
Education – United Way supports programming and services that help ensure students stay in school and are college or career ready at graduation. Additionally, United Way supports programs that provide education later in life to ensure individuals have the education needed to become self-sufficient and employable.
Financial Stability – United Way supports job training, financial education, and financial coaching programs. These programs can help individuals find balance or even just make ends meet among all the stress. United Way also supports programs that provide financial stability for families in times of uncertainty – programs that provide financial support so individuals can make it through uncertain times without losing their homes, jobs, and more.
Healthy Lives – United Way is building healthier, more resilient communities by ensuring individuals have access to healthcare, quality food, and more. Another component of a healthy life is safety and security – United Way finds safety as a key component of living a healthy life.
United Way’s Priorities
To make the United Way’s mission and vision come to life, there are two specific priorities that have been identified by the United Way’s Board of Directors. United Way will work to fund and implement projects and programs that relate to these two identified priorities.
Supporting Critical Services - Individuals must have access to food, water, shelter, security, health, and safety. United Way prioritizes providing critical services to ensure the basic needs of individuals are met.
Providing Opportunities for Upward Mobility - It is our goal at United Way that individuals can become self-sufficient. United Way prioritizes opportunities to promote upward mobility. We want individuals to have opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be independent through educational programs, mentoring, skill development, and connections to opportunities. We want individuals to have access to the resources they need to receive support and gain the confidence and skillset to become accountable for themselves and independent.
Community Impact Process Directions and Timeline
In the document section below, a copy of the application and copies of all documents that must be completed can be found. The document titled, "Community Impact Funding Process Overview" shares the ins and outs of the process. The application must be completed electronically at the link below. All documents must be submitted through that electronic form. Applications and documents must be received by the deadline in order to be considered to become a Community Impact Agency. No late applications or documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications or those with missing documents will make an organization ineligible to become a Community Impact Agency.
Directions to apply:
Download and review the Community Impact Funding Process Overview. All standards must be adhered to throughout the year. Download the Word Document titled "Application." It is recommended the application is completed via the Word Document in its entirety and saved onto your computer. A checklist at the bottom gives an overview of the documents that must be submitted with the application. Prior to starting the electronic application, have all documents completed and saved onto your computer to upload. Then, click the link below and copy/paste your responses into the online form. Files will be uploaded at the end.
Community Impact Timeline
April 26: Application opens on United Way Website
April 26-May 21: United Way Executive Director offers one on one reviews of applications
May 28: Application closes at 11:59pm
June 1 - 30: Community Impact Committee Reviews Applications
Date TBD: Community Impact Financial Sub-Committee Reviews Financial Documents
June 7 - 18: Community Impact Committee Tours Agencies
June 7-18: Community Impact Committee meets with leadership from agencies
Mid-July: Organizations learn of Community Impact Agency selections