During the fall semester each year, more than 500 volunteers visit second-grade classrooms in the nine school districts in Lubbock county to read the same book at the same time. Every student receives a copy of the book and crafts to go along with the story. More than 3,600 students participate.
The event highlights the importance of students being grade-level readers by third grade. At this juncture, students who have not mastered basic reading skills will begin to fall behind in every area of study as classrooms shift from learning to read to reading to learn. The event also emphasizes the importance of parents reading with their children.
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At United Way, we are committed to transparency and accountability. We want you to feel comfortable that your gifts to United Way are being wisely and that they result in measurable outcomes that are transforming lives on the South Plains. Our annual review processes are critical to keeping that commitment.
All of our Community Partners submit a Program Review and Stewardship Review packet each year. The packets contain information like the number of people served, outcomes that measure the effectiveness of programs, financial audits, and more. These packets are then reviewed by trained volunteers. Community Partners in "full" Program Review will also participate in a site visit and a Questions & Answer session with their staff and board of directors. All of our Community Partners go through a full review every four years. Agencies with new directors or those who have not received 5-stars on their review two years in a row also receive a full review.
Our annual Program Review process is an opportunity for you to see the full impact of how donations to United Way are used. Through the volunteer process, you will be trained and equipped to determine the effectiveness of United Way funded programs. Following this training and together with a team of approximately 10 other volunteers, you will have the opportunity to visit an agency and review documents submitted by one of our Community Partners. From your training and the information you have received, you and your team will make recommendations to the agencies and United Way about how to improve and grow programs.
Through the Stewardship Review process, volunteers ensure that United Way Partner Agencies are fiscally sound and accountable. Trained volunteers evaluate a packet of information that includes an agency audit, form 990, current budget and financials with comparisons, grants and other information. They then report back to the Community Impact Leadership Team. This information is used to help develop our Community Partners and ensure that funds are being used efficiently and wisely throughout.
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SERVE ON A COMMITTEE
Lubbock Area United Way is an organization that is driven under the direction of community volunteers. The committees listed below are volunteer opportunities within the organization. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving on one of these committees.
Volunteers conduct on-going reviews of United Way's revenue, expenses, assets, receivables, liabilities and funds.
LIVE UNITED Golf Tournament Committee
Volunteers oversee the planning and implementation of the United Way's LIVE UNITED Golf Tournament each year.
Volunteers help develop and maintain community awareness through a marketing plan and year-round communication with donors, volunteers, media and the general public.
Planned Giving and Endowment Committee
Volunteers oversee the cultivation and solicitation of major and deferred gifts for United Way's endowment fund.