Investment Volunteer Opportunity

You can play an active role in distributing funds.

Ever wonder how we invest in nonprofit programs? Because United Way’s mission is to meet the needs of the community, we enlist the help of community volunteers. Apply today to be one of more than 100 volunteers who review nonprofit program investment applications and make funding recommendations – making sure United Way contributions do the most good.


Opportunities on the Plains, our annual fall investment cycle, is a critical piece to the work of United Way of the Plains. It allows volunteers, who are passionate about our focus areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs, to make a meaningful impact and advance the common good in south central Kansas. We invite you to apply to become a volunteer and engage in an objective process that drives lasting change in the community.

What to expect

Volunteers will serve approximately 12 hours. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

  • A virtual training will be held over the lunch hour on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.
  • Four to six hours are spent reviewing and ranking applications.
  • Up to six hours are spent serving on panels to make funding recommendations.
Red "United Way Helps Here" hanging on a fence outside a funded partner's office.


When you apply to serve as an investment volunteer, you will sign up for a focus area – health, education, financial stability or basic needs. Volunteers will be assigned to panels within each focus area. You will also be asked demographic information. This information will help us create panels that encourage discussion between individuals who have diverse lived experiences.

Apply by Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

All applicants will learn of their volunteer status by Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Save the date for volunteer training on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, over the lunch hour.


Please contact Amy Hawley, United Way of the Plains Volunteer Center Manager, at or (316) 267-1321 ext. 4217.

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Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.