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Volunteer

Thank you for wanting to volunteer your time for our community!

Did you know that United Way of Rockbridge only has one paid employee? Everyone else working at United Way of Rockbridge is a volunteer.

Community Reviewers

One of the most impactful to serve your community through United Way of Rockbridge is becoming a community reviewer. Community reviewers serve the vital purpose of identifying the greatest needs in the community, ultimately making a recommendation of funding amount each year. Volunteer community reviewers:
  • Help identify the greatest needs in the community
  • Review grant requests
  • Review new program proposals
  • Visit, interview, and assess the requesting organization
  • Recommend funding amounts
  • Work with other community reviewers

Estimated time commitment

  • 1-2 hours to review application
  • 1-1.5 hours site visit in March
  • 1 hour writing a report/preparing for presentation
  • 15 minute presention to Allocations Committee in early April

Benefits of being a community reviewer

  • Make an impact to your community by helping identify community needs
  • Meet great people working to serve the community
  • Gain awareness of how local nonprofits operate
  • Practice your skills in communication and teamwork
If you would like to volunteer as a community reviewer, please contact director@uwrockbridge.org

United Way of Rockbridge Book Drive

Toward the fall of each year, in order to kick off the fundraising campaign for the year, United Way of Rockbridge hosts a community book drive. In the past few years, we've collected and donated more than 1800 books total! Look out around the community for flyers and follow UWR on facebook to find out how to participate. To learn more about United Way of Rockbridge educational projects, visit the "Community Impact" page here.

Individuals can also help organize the book drive and book distribution! Please contact director@uwrockbridge.org.

  • prepare flyers
  • drop off and collect boxes
  • ask businesses and schools to spread the word or volunteer to host a drop-off location
  • help spread the word about the book drive
  • help sort and distribute books

Businesses can volunteer to host a drop-off location for 2 weeks. Please contact director@uwrockbridge.org.

Administrative Help and Special Projects

We're always looking for volunteers to help with occasional special projects, such as meet and greet events, kickoffs, etc.! 

Have great artistic and marketing skills? You can volunteer to create graphic designs or help manage our social media!

Another way to volunteer is helping out at the office in adminstrative tasks about once or twice a week.

Please contact director@uwrockbridge.org and follow us on facebook to hear about special events.

Board of Directors

To make a significant impact on our community, you can be a part of the decision making group of United Way of Rockbridge by serving on the all-volunteer Board of Directors. To learn more about the current board, click here

Estimated Time Commitment - At minimum, Board members are expected to attend 2 hour monthly meetings and serve on 2 committees that meet for 1 hour monthly. However, to increase your contribution and impact for our community, you can choose to increase your level of involvement. 

Benefits of being a Board member

  • Make an impact in your community by overseeing United Way of Rockbridge decisions and operations
  • Work with great people working to serve the community
  • Enjoy life knowing you have made a impact toward positive change
  • Learn more about nonprofit operations
  • Expand your network

Interested in joining the Board? Please contact director@uwrockbridge.org with your application.

Board Member Responsibility Description

Board Member Application

Committees under the Board of Directors

Estimated Time Commitment - to serve on a specific committee, you are expected to attend the specific committee meetings (typically monthly). Apart from that, you can choose how much you want to contribute.

The board has a range of opportunities for you to serve your community. 

Allocations: The Allocation Committee is responsible for allocating funds to local agencies.
  • Organize and operate a systematic program of allocating funds raised in the annual United Way Campaign
  • Evaluate agency budget requests in terms of community needs, analyze and evaluate the cost of programs, and devise and improve methods of evaluating program effectiveness
  • Recommend to the Board of Directors allocations to prospective beneficiary agencies or services
  • Recommend to the Board of Directors the adoption of the annual Campaign Goal
  • Serve throughout the year, as needed, for the purpose of reviewing allocations to the agencies and to evaluate and revise the Fund Distribution policies and procedures
Campaign: The Campaign Committee manages our annual campaigns, in which we raise money for local agencies.
  • Organize, prepare and conduct the annual campaign
  • Report to the Board of Directors on the progress of achieving the annual campaign goal and at the conclusion of the event
Finance: The Finance Committee helps us keep our finances in order.
  • Oversight of financial transactions
  • Review and approval of monthly financial statements
  • Development of financial operational guidelines
  • Recommend to the Board of Directors an annual budget for the organization
Publicity: The Publicity Committee is our face to the public.
  • Present United Way’s image to the public
  • Build relationships in and with the community
  • Communicate the impact United Way’s work has in and on the community
  • Educate the public about philanthropy and ways to engage in thoughtful charitable giving
  • Work through the media and personal contacts to meet these aims

Interested in joining a committee? Please contact director@uwrockbridge.org.

Volunteering at the local agencies

For more volunteer information, please contact director@uwrockbridge.org or fill out a “Contact Us” form. Our funded agencies also seek volunteers! Read about our agencies under the “Your Work” tab. Like us on Facebook and spread the word about our work!

Volunteer Resources

https://www.aginginplace.org/how-to-volunteer-as-a-senior/