United Way volunteers review funding requests

July 14, 2004

Dear Editor:

More than 80 trained volunteers from Boyle, Casey, Lincoln and Mercer counties recently completed the annul fund distribution process for Heart of Kentucky United Way.

As a United Way volunteer and board member, I would like to salute these dedicated people, many of whom were first-time participants, for their valuable service to Heart of Kentucky United Way and the communities in which they live and work.

During this process, these volunteers review funding applications for each United Way partner agency.

The process includes making on-site visits, interviewing agency staff, board members, and often volunteers and service recipients as well as examining audited financial statements.


The review is extremely thorough and time-consuming, and decisions are based not on just "doing good" but on the measurable outcome that results in true community impact.

Following panel deliberations, these volunteers make investment recommendations for each agency. Those recommendations are then submitted to the United Way board of directors for final approval based on identified needs, as well as the impact each agency's service has on the communities and clients they serve.

Panel members' evaluations showed that they learned firsthand where United Way funds are invested in each agency program, how they are used, and the differences that these services and programs make in changing lives and shaping our communities.

On behalf of Heart of Kentucky United Way, I would like to thank all who participated and gave so generously of their time and energy.

Vince Pennington

Steering committee chairman

Heart of Kentucky United Way


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