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Community Impact Volunteers

The organizations we invest in help real people -- which is why real people just like you determine where donations go.

Corporate donors, community members, as well as individuals from philanthropic and community organizations, make up our Community Grant Panels. These dedicated volunteers pour over each grant proposal and identify the local programs that align with our strategies and goals to create a lasting impact.

VOLUNTEER REVIEW PROCESS

We maximize every cent that donors entrust with us by directing it toward critical programs that fight for the education, health and financial stability of every person across our five-county region: Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Union and Mooresville/ Lake Norman.

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Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer Recruitment

Impact Grants: Community members across the five-county region are invited to participate in the volunteer review process. These volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of more than 200,000 donors.


United Neighborhoods: The grant panel for each neighborhood is composed of a diverse set of volunteers including residents, community stakeholders and United Way representatives.


United Way hosts orientation sessions at the beginning of the year. These sessions help familiarize interested volunteers with the role of serving on a Community Grant Panel, including the importance of building a stronger community by investing in a system of quality agencies that help people in need.

Grant Applications

Grant Applications

Invitations will be extended to agencies in our five-county region and our United Neighborhood communities annually before the end of the year.


Applicants are required to submit an online application and financial documentation materials.

Grant Review

Grant Review

Community members across the five-county region are invited to participate in the volunteer review process. These volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of more than 200,000 donors.


Each panel of volunteers will read, review and evaluate applications and host presentations by applicant agencies.


The grant panels then comparatively evaluate the proposals and recommend funding amounts to United Way of Central Carolinas’ Board of Directors.


Grant Awards

Grant Awards

United Way of Central Carolinas’ Board of Directors approve grant awards and agreements. Agencies are notified of awards.


United Way’s Impact Grants and United Neighborhoods funding cycle begins annually on July 1 and concludes June 30 of the following year.

How do I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering on our Community Grant Panels, please complete the form below.

Interest Form