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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.

Volunteers from the community thoroughly review and evaluate grant applications and help determine which local programs most closely align with and advance our community impact strategies and goals.

VOLUNTEER REVIEW PROCESS

We maximize every cent that donors entrust with us by directing it toward critical programs that provide for basic needs as well as critical programs that support 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

These volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of more than 200,000 donors.


Unite Charlotte Grants: Community members across Charlotte are invited to participate in the review and selection process. We seek volunteers that are advocates for and/or engaged with the issues grassroots agencies experience.


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 to familiarize volunteers with the role of serving on grant panels, 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 are extended to potential Unite Charlotte and United Neighborhoods agencies, and neighborhood priorities are provided for those interested in applying for United Neighborhoods grants.


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

Grant Review

Grant Review

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 January 1 and concludes December 31.