Record Number of Volunteers Help United Way Allocate Funds

By Bridget Blevins |

Published 04/21 2014 01:52PM

Updated 04/22 2014 08:43AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) More than a dozen agencies are in line to receive part of a $3 million dollar pool of money.

Nearly 200 volunteers will help decide who gets what. They're working for the United Way this month to make sure campaign money goes where it's needed most.

"I can't conceive of another time when I would get to go shopping with $3 million and put it right back in to our community," said Sarah Stockett, volunteer.

Stockett gave up her time to help the United Way divvy up campaign funds. She is one of 170 volunteers helping with the allocations process this year.

"It's through this process that the volunteers help determine how much each agency should receive from the United Way through the annual campaign," said Jodi Bloemker, United Way.

With 19 partner agencies to cover, there is a lot to consider.

"Not just from the people who work at the agency, but the people who use the agencies come to speak to us and let us know about the services they received there," added Stockett.

The money is split between agencies like United Cerebral Palsy and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The biggest part of this job is making sure community donations go where they're needed most.

"To me, it's logical. As soon as I found out that this was even a thing exsisted in the community, I wanted to be a part of it," said Stockett.

And, it makes sense to dozens of others too. The number of volunteers helping with this project is at a record high this year - more than triple the number from 5 years ago.

"We're just so excited to have so many people who want to be involved in this very important role to determine how to invest those donor dollars," said Bloemker.

Volunteers will present their recommendations to the United Way board in May for the final say.

"I think it's really important, also, to know what's available in the community. Everyone's got neighbors. And, you never know when your neighbor is going to be in a bad situation," said Stockett.

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