Want to make a big difference in our community this fall?
The United Way of Central Alabama needs 150 people to volunteer and sign up by September 1st to serve on the Visiting Allocations Team (VAT) for the 2021 allocation review process.
Read more or even better- sign up right now!
What is VAT?
Need more details? Here is the scoop. All United Way partner agencies that receive funds from UWCA’s annual campaign are annually reviewed by a group of volunteers, hence the funny name – Visiting Allocations Team or VAT.
This year, the process will be conducted VIRTUALLY to protect the health of clients, volunteers, and staff.
Why it Matters
There are 71 partner agencies that need to be reviewed this Fall.
When you volunteer, YOU help make decisions about which community programs will be a good investment of United Way dollars raised during the annual campaign.
“United Way is a very different kind of funding organization for a number of reasons, but one of them is that we invite people from the community to inspect what they expect from their United Way and the agencies we support,” said Sara Newell with United Way of Central Alabama. “We have made it the centerpiece of our distribution process. We believe really strongly that we want our donors to feel ownership over the campaign that supports so many critical programs. This is one of the best ways that we can do it.”
Newell also told me that the United Way is committed to transparency and accountability. The VAT gives people in the community an opportunity to see for themselves the outcomes that are being achieved by these partner agencies — the good work, lives changed and communities improved.
“There’s no stronger word of endorsement for why that campaign is so important, than the word of people who have gone out and actually seen the agencies up close,” Newell added.
How VAT Works – 8 to 10 volunteer hours
So how does VAT work? Here are the details.
- Sign up by the September 1st deadline.
- Commit to volunteer 8 to 10 hours during September and October
- Attend and actively participate in team meetings and agency site visits (all done virtually)
- Review agency programs and accomplishments
- Work with other volunteers to make program assessments and recommendations
A first timer? Have no fear, Allocation Teams are led by an experienced volunteer who will guide you and your team members through the process. Staff from the United Way will also provide training and general assistance.
If you have any questions about the Allocations process or registration – email Veronica Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205.458.2059.
A Personal Note
Last year, I actually volunteered and joined a VAT – here is the article describing how I did it.
It was easy and very rewarding. Not only did I get to learn about three local non-profit organizations, I got to meet people like me – folks who deeply care about our community.
Sign up today, before September 1st. Maybe they’ll place you on my team.