Allocations Volunteers Needed!

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Inc. is actively recruiting volunteers for one our most important core functions: Allocation Review Panels.
 
Each year residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties provide an invaluable service to our community by serving as allocations’ volunteers, determining how donors’ dollars will be spent. These volunteers review our agencies’ programs and make the often difficult decisions regarding the amount of funding those programs receive. Last year we were able to distribute nearly $1.4 million to local programs through this process.  
 
The schedule for this year’s allocations process will include a volunteer training/orientation session on March 12 from 5:30-7:30pm.  At this session, you will learn about the application that our funded agencies submit, the process we use to “score” the applications, and what the expectation is for you as a panel volunteer.  You will be given a handbook that walks you through the process and will also receive copies of the agency applications that you will be reviewing based on the panel of your choice.  Generally a panel has 6 or 7 volunteers who review 3-5 agency applications.  Panels will take tours of specific agency to see where the programs occur and will reconvene in a conference format to review the application and to meet with the agencies to ask questions about the application.  That is the extent of the commitment.  Each panel has a chair, and the chairs will meet again after the process to make the final recommendations for funding. 
 
This year the panel reviews and conferences will occur sometime between March 17th and April 25th.  Your commitment to a panel (there are ten panels to choose from) will include the training orientation mentioned above and the tours and panel conference.
 
If you are interested in volunteering please
 
2)  Email lwilary@unitedwayvfc.org with your Panel Number choice(s). There are seven openings per panel.
3)  Watch for an email confirmation from VolunteerSpot. We’re using VolunteerSpot, the leading time-saving online coordination tool, to help us organize the panels.
4)  Contact Loretta at 386.366.9070 or email at lwilary@unitedwayvfc.org if you have any questions or need assistance.
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United Way Impact Week!

Florida’s 32 United Ways have joined forces to address two key issues during the 2014 Florida Legislative Session: access to quality early education for all children and access to affordable healthcare for all Floridians.

To raise awareness in Tallahassee, and around the state and nation, we need your help!

On Monday, February 3, 2014, at 2 pm, Florida’s United Ways will host an hour-long TweetChat, using #LiveUnitedFL.  United Ways will discuss the importance of working together, engaging partners and taking part in social media to move the needle on pertinent issues.

We have secured two expert panelists to help us answer questions and offer guidance: early education expert Phyllis Kalifeh Ed.D., president and CEO, Children’s Forum; and former U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire, SVP, Public Policy and Community Engagement, Florida Blue.

Here’s how you can help:

1)    Promote the #LiveUnitedFL TweetChat to your networks via emails, Facebook and Twitter, inviting them to raise their voices on Feb. 3 at 2 pm.

2)    Tweet messages before and during the TweetChat, remembering to tag your Florida legislators, early learning and healthcare advocates and media; always using hashtag #LiveUnitedFL.

For example:
Twitter:

  • Join #LiveUnitedFL for a TweetChat, Feb 3, 2pm: take action for early education & affordable healthcare during the FL Legislative Session
  • Learn what #UnitedWay is doing to improve our lives in #Florida. On Feb. 3 at 2pm join our TweetChat #LiveUnitedFL
  • Want to learn more about #earlyed & healthcare legislation in FL? Join [your united way twitter handle] & all FL United Ways, Mon, 2pm on #LiveUnitedFL

Facebook:

  • Join all 32 Florida United Ways for a TweetChat on Feb. 3 at 2 pm, to learn how you can take action and push for early education and affordable healthcare during the Florida Legislative Session.  Search for #LiveUnitedFL on Twitter for more information.
  • Help make quality early education and access to affordable healthcare in Florida a priority during the 2014 Florida Legislative Session.  Join us Feb. 3, at 2 pm, on Twitter by searching #LiveUnitedFL to learn more.

3)    Join us on Twitter on Feb. 3, at 2pm, search for #LiveUnitedFL and take part in the conversation.

But the action doesn’t stop on Monday!  The whole week, we will be focusing on ways that United Ways are advancing the common good in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.

  • Monday – Launch the 2014 United Way Impact Week with a TweetChat using #LiveUnitedFL to explain the Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda
  • Tuesday – Quality Early Learning
  • Wednesday – Access to Healthcare
  • Thursday – Financial Stability for Florida’s Future
  • Friday – Call to Action – how can Floridians, corporations and organizations make a difference

Thank you for everything you do to make Florida a better place for all!

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Flagler Charities Friend-raiser Event

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United Way Staff at Event

Thanks to the generosity of one very special donor, United Way helped to organize a very unique Friend-raiser event at Hammock Dunes on November 20, 2013.

The event featured 15 charities that serve Flagler County residents along with entertainment and gourmet delights.  Guests were Hammock Dunes residents and club members that got the opportunity to learn about the various organizations and learn about volunteer, investment and advocacy opportunities

“We wanted to expand knowledge,” said Ray Salazar, president of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. “Let residents know they can volunteer, write a check or do advocacy.”

Special thanks to the media for coverage of the event.  Flagler Charities Article from the News-Journal.

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Volunteers Tax Assistants Needed!

VITA_Logo2014 VITA Tax Season
Volunteers Needed to Prepare Taxes
 

Volunteer to Become a Certified VITA Tax Preparer!

  • Electronic preparation and filing of federal tax forms.
  • Receive IRS Cetification upon completion of training and testing.
  • Computer literacy a plus; no previous tax experience required.

Register online or contact Shelia Jackson at (386) 366-9048

Training Schedule

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Chicks with Cans do it again!

chicks2013United Way Women’s Initiative of Flagler’s Chicks with Cans once again took away the top prize for the most food collected during the Feed Flagler Food Drive!

Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered!

See the story in the Palm Coast Observer!

And be sure to follow the Women’s Initiative of Flagler on Facebook to stay up-to-date on future volunteer opportunities!

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United Way Poster Contest!

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Last year’s winning poster by Chelsey Roberts of Flagler Palm Coast High School

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Poster Contest.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to enter with prizes being awarded in 4 age categories.  First place in each category will receive a $200 Visa Gift card and the winning poster(s) may be used as the official campaign poster for 2014, going out to hundreds of local businesses!

The contest runs until April 11, 2014 and after April 14th, contestants, friends and family members will be able to vote for their favorites by “liking” the selections on United Way’s Facebook page:  facebook.com/yourunitedway

This year’s theme is “How to Live United” and contestants can enter online by uploading a picture of their poster!

For complete rules, details and to enter online, go to: http://www.unitedwayvfc.org/postercontest2014

Go see last year’s entries!

This year’s contest is sponsored by: Hudson Technologies, Bright House Networks, Daytona International Speedway and Publix

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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

These are a few of the Holiday Volunteer Opportunities that are coming up!  Click here for more information and to sign-up.

The Arc of Volusia

Dec. 19th from 10:00-2:00 pm

Christmas Lunch & Party Assistants at the Daytona Beach Site. Serve food, bus tables, help with clean-up and interact with individuals with disabilities. Minimum age: 13.

The Arc of Volusia

Dec. 11-13 from 12:30-3:30 pm

Christmas Gifts Wrapping Days. Volunteers will help wrap gifts for individuals with disabilities. Minimum age: 13.

WORC

M-F 9:00-2:20 pm every weekday in December.

Selling holiday ornaments at the reception window in Daytona Beach

Council on Aging

Thursday, Dec. 5th 7:00-4:00 pm

Santa for Seniors Donation Assistants are needed to help greet and accept donated gifts for seniors in Port Orange, DeLand and Daytona Beach

Council on Aging

Dec. 2-13 flexible hours.

Santa for Seniors Donation Couriers are needed to pick up accept donated gifts for seniors in at City Halls located in Port Orange, DeLand and Daytona Beach

Children’s Home Society

Friday, Dec. 13 5:30-8:30 pm

Holiday Party Assistant are needed to help decorate the room, create name tags, set up table/chairs, prep food and assist with handing out gifts.

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