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- Published on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:08
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FUNDEC – United Way donations at work
United Way of Portage County’s Fund Executive Committee or FUNDEC, plays a vital role in ensuring that public donations are put to work efficiently and effectively by social service programs.
United Way volunteers gather in late April and early May to make important program funding decisions.
United Way funding decisions directly affect services provided by programs in the county like those provided by The American Red Cross, Big Brothers & Sisters and Family & Community Services.
United Way will distribute funds to 501(c)(3), not-for-profit health and human service agencies, organizations or community groups that have been in business for at least two years. The organization must provide services to the community in one of the following areas of impact:
Crises, Children & Youth, Adults, Families, Health
The FUNDEC process begins with community volunteers reviewing program applications and lending their time to listen to program representatives, asking tough questions about how allotted United Way dollars impact the children, adults, senior citizens, disabled and disadvantaged citizens they serve in the county. FUNDEC volunteers also hit the pavement and conduct on-site visits at each of the partner program locations in order to get a first-hand account of how community donations are being put to work.
In mid-May, United Way’s Board of Trustees will finalize FUNDEC volunteers’ allocation decisions and that is when the magic happens: The donations are channeled to help change the life of a child who needs a safe haven of care after-school, or to aid a family dealing with the stresses of a recent job downsizing or an unemployment situation.
Donations are utilized to serve those in need in the county.
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