Join other volunteers from throughout our community who make up the United Way of Southwest Louisiana Community Investment Committee. Our volunteers are entrusted with reviewing the services provided by our partner agencies, considering the needs for those services in our community and analyzing the impact of United Way funding in meeting those needs.
The term for the Community Investment Committee runs from March through May of each year. Ideal volunteers should have a strong desire to make an impact in our community and the flexibility to attend a few weekday meetings. Help us ensure fiscal and program accountability for all agencies receiving United Way
funds while meeting the social needs of our community.
Help ensure the good stewardship our donors expect.
ABOUT COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s Community Investment Committee (CIC) members represent a cross-section of the community in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis. CIC volunteers identify where to invest United Way of Southwest Louisiana campaign funds. The volunteers direct the investment of donor dollars for maximum impact in programs that are successful in providing needed community support.
The CIC volunteers are divided into councils. The volunteers of each council will analyze their assigned agency program(s) and evaluate each program’s effectiveness by attending Program Information Sessions. During the Sessions, agencies give a presentation explaining their program(s) and services along with how they will use the investment of United Way funds. Council members are encouraged to ask questions regarding the agency and its program(s).
The Council members caucus after each Program Information Session to discuss their perceptions of the agency and the services provided. The Council Chair prepares a report on each program presented and submits the recommendations to the Community Investment Committee (CIC). This information is used to make funding recommendations based on community need, community impact and available funds.
• Attend the orientation meeting in March to get acquainted with other volunteers and staff members and receive Login Information for e-CImpact.
• Login to e-CImpact to familiarize yourself with the agencies, their clients, missions and programs. Evaluate each program based on the information provided in e-CImpact concerning need, budget, agency soundness, fiscal responsibility and outcome measurements.
• Attend and participate in Program Information Sessions to gain an increased understanding of the Agency’s program operations, address specific questions identified in the program evaluation process, verify program activities and assess performance. Program Information Sessions last approximately one hour per program.
• Attend the May meeting where Council Chairs report to the full Community Investment Committee their findings and recommendations for each Program. A recommendation for the United Way of Southwest Louisiana Board of Directors regarding funding is the result of this meeting.
• Keep materials, findings and matters discussed confidentially.
Time Requirements & Conflict of Interest
TIME REQUIREMENTS – Approximately 8-10 hours throughout the months of March and April, including training. Program Information Sessions are conducted virtually.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST – Persons associated with an agency in any capacity receiving or seeking United Way funding should disclose this to staff and the Council Chair. United Way will place volunteers on a Council not dealing with an agency with which they are associated. No person may serve on the Community Investment Committee if they or a member of their immediate family are employed by or currently serving on the Board of Directors of any agency that is currently receiving or seeking a grant from United Way of Southwest Louisiana.
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