Just as the community is important to the continuance of the United Way, the agencies are important to the purpose supported by the United Way.
â€śWe wouldn't be able to provide the help we do if it weren't for the community support, but then again we wouldn't be needed if there weren't agencies needing our support,â€ť Executive Director Sandy Stewart said.
However, despite the community support, there just aren't enough dollars to go around to everyone. Each year, local agencies providing support to the community are asked to submit applications if they want to be considered a United Way agency.
â€śThere are certain requirements the agencies have to meet,â€ť Stewart said.
Some of those requirements: The organization must be a health and human services organization in good standing having complied with all applicable state and federal laws; must be governed by a functioning volunteer board and maintain sound financial and administrative management practices; must demonstrate a history of measurable community impact through successful programs; and must maintain a physical presence within the local UW's geographical service area.
â€śWe want to know the agencies we are helping are providing a valuable, needed service for the community,â€ť Stewart said. â€śWe want the community to benefit from the dollars they are supporting us with, while supporting as many organizations as possible.â€ť
For those agencies wanting to apply for consideration as a United Way supported agency, applications are due by 5 p.m. May 4. Each application should be filled out completely and provide as much information as possible about the agency.
â€śWe want to know what the agency does, why it's important to the community and any other important piece of information the board needs to consider when voting on approval of an application,â€ť Stewart said.
Applications will be presented to the board May 9, with agency presentations being made May 16 and 18. An official announcement will be issued May 18, listing the United Way agencies for 2013 and award notification letters will be mailed out May 21.
â€śMany of our agencies have been with us for many years and we are happy to provide continuous support to them. At the same time, in the past year we were able to add a couple new agencies, which is something we like to do also,â€ť Stewart said. â€śIt's nice to know there is something we can do to help provide much needed services to the community we live in.â€ť
To find out more information or apply, contact Stewart at 267-5201 or stop by 215 W. Third St.