United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd
United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley.
Heart and Soul of United Way
United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd is a local, independently incorporated, volunteer governed organization. All organization decisions – whether about policies, campaign or community investment – are made by volunteers of our United Way.
The citizen review community investment system is one of the key features and defines a local United Way – no other type of organization uses a local community-based group of donor representatives to make funding decisions. This system is literally the heart and soul of our United Way and what provides the organization with the foundation of its knowledge of community needs, resources, and partnerships.
Community investment provides an independent assessment of partner agencies each year, adding additional insurance that standards of operation are met and needed services to the community are being provided with invested donor funds. This volunteer driven program is critical to insure our United Way is a good guardian of the donations made by contributors. Community investment volunteers serve as donor representatives and carry the critical element of the organization’s responsibility in the community.
Donors may designate their gifts according to the donor designation policies established by the UWMRF Board of Directors. However, most people do not designate and would rather their gift be spent in the local community where the money is needed most. In a sense, community investment volunteers are a human services investment council for our community. Our United Way has established four impact areas where undesignated dollars are invested locally:
- Strengthening Families and Youth
- Health and Crisis Intervention
Community investment volunteers have to make very difficult decisions because there are limited resources to meet priorities in these important community areas of need. Community investment volunteers – based on agency requests, community needs and information, and available resources – make the best decisions possible. Community investment volunteers’ responsibility is to place available funds where they will achieve the most good for the community and meet critical health and human needs locally.