Become a United Way Investment Volunteer
As United Way embarks on its second century of service, we need committed volunteers to engage in the review and decision-making process for our upcoming three-year funding cycle. Join us for opportunities starting in May 2021 and help ensure the sound investment of funds entrusted to us by generous donors.
Want to learn more about our Second Century Vision and how we will serve ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and those living below the Federal Poverty Level, a group which makes up 47% of our local population? Click here.
Volunteers can apply to participate in Phase 1, Phase 2, or both. All volunteer activities will be virtual through 2021. Volunteers will need regular access to a computer or tablet to participate in trainings, meetings, and to complete their volunteer work.
Note: Employees or family members of applying organizations are not eligible to volunteer for the investment process.
|Phase 1 - Application Assessment
May – July 2021
15 – 20 hours
|Phase 2 - Regional Investment Evaluation
July – October 2021
30 – 40 hours
Review a set of funding applications to assess alignment to United Way of Greater Houston’s Second Century Vision
Primarily independent work, flexible to your schedule
One virtual meeting with other volunteers and United Way staff and a two-hour training session
Collaborate with a group of volunteers to evaluate and recommend investments for services within a specific region
This volunteer opportunity requires reviewing applications for funding, participating in virtual interviews with nonprofit applicants, and at least two additional virtual group meetings
Volunteers will have a mix of independent and collaborative work, including a set of pre-scheduled meetings
Deadline to apply is June 1, 2021.
Deadline to apply is July 1, 2021.
*Volunteers who apply for and are accepted for Phase 2 will be placed into a Regional Investment Team by United Way staff and will be notified in July, prior to volunteer training.
What are the benefits of serving as a United Way Investment Volunteer?
- Develop evaluation, teamwork, and leadership skills
- Provide sound stewardship for United Way’s community investment
- Expand your personal and professional networks
- Gain an understanding of community issues and resources
- Make a lasting difference in the community
I’m interested. What skills do I need?
- No prior nonprofit knowledge or experience necessary – relevant training provided
- Commitment to ensuring representation of diverse backgrounds and experiences, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)
- Interested in a thriving community
- Able to commit the time required for the process
- Capable of objective, unbiased decision-making
- Operates comfortably in a team environment (required for Phase 2 volunteers)