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United Way seeks volunteers to help decide where funds go

GLADWIN COUNTY – United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties is getting ready to begin the allocation process, and volunteers are needed to help distribute funds raised by the 2017 campaign. Citizen Review Panels are currently being formed for each county, and volunteers are needed to review applications and hear agency presentations.

Board Vice President Jane Zdrojewski said her experience serving on the Citizen Review Panel helped her realize the organization’ impact on Clare and Gladwin Counties.

‘The first time I participated on a Citizen Review Panel, I was astonished at the depth and breadth of the agencies that United Way supports,’ she explained. ‘It was an eye-opening experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who is unsure about what United Way does for our communities.”

Volunteers are needed in Clare County on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18; and in Gladwin County on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25. Volunteers are welcome to come for one day or two, and afternoon and evening shifts will be available.

Volunteers must live or work in Clare or Gladwin Counties, and must be at least a high school student or older, to participate in the allocation process.

Pat Wenzel, who volunteered last year, said the experience was not only enjoyable, but informative, and she would recommend it to any would-be volunteers who are thinking of participating.

‘When I sat on the Citizen Review Panel for the United Way last year, I was excited to learn more about the agencies that exist to help the many people in our community who are in need. It was a great learning experience and I had a sense of helping my community in my own small way,’ she said. ‘I would encourage everyone to donate some time to bring a part of the United Way Citizen Review Panels. It’s informative, you’ll meet some new people and you’re helping the community we all share. And isn’t that what it’s all about?’

Can’t be present at the allocation dates? You can still give your input by taking the survey on our website at gladwincountycgc.org.

For more information or to sign up, please call 989-386-6015 or 989-426-9225.

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