Community Investment

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United Way Invests in Our Community

Investing donated dollars to improve lives.

 Thanks to wise investment, thousands of area lives are improved each year. 

See below to learn more about how decisions are made to channel donated dollars back into the the community.


Allocations Process 

Recommending distribution of United Way Campaign Funds

Every spring, community volunteers with a variety of backgrounds participate in the United Way Allocations Process. Allocations volunteers examine United Way Partner Agency operations, programs, and finances and then recommend how much money should be allocated to each agency the following year. Funding recommendations are presented to the United Way Board of Directors for review and final approval. The work of volunteers ensures that donor dollars are used to achieve the greatest impact in the areas of education, health and financial stability and that United Way of Greater St. Joseph is accountable to donors.


Volunteers are placed on one of six subcommittees, and each subcommittee reviews two United Way Partner Agencies. The volunteers dedicate 10-15 hours over a two-month period from mid-March to mid-May. Each subcommittee meets approximately five times. Last year, 150 volunteers participated in the United Way Allocations Process. 



Community Investment Fund 

Meeting emerging and emergency needs in the community through grants to organizations.

United Way of Greater St. Joseph offers a year-round grant opportunity for organizations to meet emerging and emergency needs in the community.

The United Way Community Investment Fund is a grant opportunity to meet emerging and emergency needs. Qualifying agencies may apply for funds throughout the year. To apply, agencies must complete an application process. Each application is reviewed by volunteers who present funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors.



If you are interested in volunteering,contact Jodi Bloemker, Director of Community Investment at

816.364.2381 or