Middlesex United Way: Volunteers needed for programs that make a difference

To continue to improve the lives of people in our community, Middlesex United Way invests donors’ gifts in the highest quality programs throughout Middlesex County. The programs we invest in are ones that make measurable progress toward our goals in our four focus areas of education, income, health, and housing.

Middlesex United Way envisions a community where students succeed academically, individuals and families are economically stable, individuals and families are healthy and safe, youths and adults avoid risky behaviors, and individuals and families have safe and affordable housing.

United Way funding is provided to the most capable and deserving locally based not-for-profit agencies that provide health and human services to the people of Middlesex County and ensure they meet identified critical community needs and priorities.

All United Way funding decisions are made by volunteers who serve on our Community Impact Teams. These volunteers analyze budgets, program efficiency, and effectiveness. Funding decisions are based on dollars available, community need, and on the ability of the applicant to meet that need. Each year, all services, programs, and town-based projects that are currently funded by United Way are reviewed.

This is where we need your help. There are many ways to get involved with Middlesex United Way, and one of the most meaningful ways is to join one of our Community Impact Teams.

Volunteers can serve on one or more of our Community Impact teams. Each team is aligned with one of our focus areas, education, income, health, or housing, and each focus area will have its own set of specific goals. You will work directly alongside our non-profit partners, who provide services in these focus areas, as well as helping us to identify and address other community needs consistent with the focus and work of your specific team.

Some responsibilities these teams will have include reviewing grant proposals and conducting site visits as needed (mostly between March-May), developing funding recommendations, reviewing reports and evaluating partner effectiveness, reviewing and revising community-level goals and outcomes, identifying and researching community needs that are not being met by current partners, recommending how we can facilitate new initiatives to address identified community needs, and assisting with the identification of new resources (financial and non-financial) to support and advance our work.

Meeting frequencies and times are subject to change based on CI volunteers’ availability, but in general, teams meet at the United Way office as follows: education - quarterly; income - monthly; health/positive youth development - quarterly; health/wellness - quarterly; housing - monthly. Also, teams will meet more frequently between the months of March and May.

Although this need is great, it is an important responsibility and task. We are looking for highly responsible individuals who are integrity-driven, passionate, and who value transparency. We are committed to ethical principles that demonstrate honesty, trustworthiness, and reliability. We are stewards of the support provided to us and ensure responsible, sound fiscal decision-making. If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, please call Ed Bonilla at 860-346-8695 or email at Ed.bonilla@middlesexunitedway.org.

Kevin Wilhelm is executive director and CEO of the Middlesex United Way in Middletown.