FAQs & Policies

What issues and programs is GMUW focusing on in order to make a positive impact in the community?

  • GMUW is working to better the lives of people of all ages through its priority areas of Financial Stability, Healthy Living, Early Learning and Basic Needs.
  • GMUW collaborates with other organizations that share the same mission of creating better quality of life by promoting reasonable economic growth, working on the most pressing health issues that affect people in our communities, introducing fun programs that help parents and caregivers interact with their children and improve their learning skills, by participating in the Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral System, by providing prescription drug discount opportunities, by participating in food drives for local food shelves and in the distribution of fuel assistance dollars, and fulfilling other basic needs.

 

How does GMUW determine which programs should be supported?

  • GMUW, in collaboration with several other non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith-based groups, the media and volunteers, assess the strengths and weaknesses of our area.
  • GMUW partners with other organizations to create awareness of the value of prevention and to encourage preventative practices in order to avoid problems occurring in the future.
  • GMUW seeks to make a positive impact by supporting organizations and initiatives that address the underlying problems in our society and actively works to solve those problems.

 

What other ways does GMUW help local non-profit organizations?

  • GMUW participates in a Goods & Services program by receiving donated items that are new and used (but in good condition) from local businesses. These items might include office supplies and equipment, computers, and children’s clothing to distribute to organizations that are in touch with clients, individuals and families with these needs.
  • GMUW maintains a Volunteer Network on its website whereby businesses can provide volunteers to organizations that need them for certain projects, and for non-profits to post their volunteer needs.

 

Are United Way supported programs just for the low income?

  • Grants from donated dollars are awarded where they will do the most good for the entire community in line with the GMUW priority areas described in Question #1.
  • Program services are aimed at helping people, regardless of age or income level.
  • One of the advantages of giving to the United Way is the assurance to the donor that dollars are given to non-profits in accordance with community needs with the focus on assisting people in becoming self-sufficient.

 

How does GMUW keep costs low?

  • GMUW raises funds for many organizations at once, thus giving those organizations more time to focus their skills on their services programs.
  • We educate the public about those organizations’ services through presentations to businesses and service clubs, keeping marketing costs down for the non-profits.
  • GMUW depends on volunteer time and talent.

 

Why is it beneficial for GMUW to help many different kinds of agencies and the greater community?

  • A single gift through GMUW helps more people in more ways than a gift to a single agency can.
  • Many people need the help of more than one agency.
  • A gift to GMUW helps address those priority areas of Financial Stability, Healthy Living, Early Learning and Basic Needs, always with the thought toward prevention.

 

Why give to the Green Mountain United Way?

  • The GMUW:
    • Funds local health and human service programs.
    • Is a local organization supporting local needs.
    • Supports community-based outcome planning.
    • Studies community needs and strengths through regular community assessments.
    • Collaborates with government agencies and other groups,, such as Economic Development Boards, the Vermont Department of Health, local Chambers of Commerce and county partnership groups, to collectively assess and address local economic, health and educational issues.
    • Participates in collaborative efforts to provide goods and services to non-profits.
    • Provides training open to all non-profits.

 

Why sponsor a United Way campaign?

  • It is the single annual fundraising drive that helps provide a multitude of services and is the most efficient, economical method yet devised.
  • Volunteers can combine their resources for one appeal instead of many individual drives.
  • Contributors see their human service dollars go the furthest to do the most good, helping support many organizations through one gift.

 

Why should I support these programs when I know I’m not going to use their services?

  • Some people give because they want to maintain services for their neighbors.
  • Some people give because they want to maintain services in case they might need them for themselves, an elderly relative or a child.
  • A number of people give because they know people in the community who cannot help themselves, like an abused child, handicapped person, displaced worker or the mentally ill.

 

How is the money spent?

  • The money is dispensed to those programs that meet the needs and fulfill the focus of GMUW’s priority areas.
  • Taking surveys, talking with civic leaders and looking at community assessments.
  • Each grant applicant’s budget and programs are reviewed to track where funds go, to eliminate overlapping of services and to assess the stability of the organization.

 

Do United Way grantees have other income?

  • Yes, most organizations have developed additional income sources such as foundation grants, government contracts, membership enrollment programs, special events and service fees based on an individual’s ability to pay.
  • Income from all sources is reviewed and considered by volunteers prior to determining the amount to be granted by the United Way.

 

How carefully are applicant expenditures reviewed?

  • Periodic financial reports and annual audits are required.
  • Funds are granted through a process called “citizen review.”
  • The Board of Directors of each applicant must present their requirements for funding to the United Way volunteers.
  • Volunteers are responsible for looking at local needs and then granting funds accordingly.

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