United Way accepts fund applications

VIENNA – The United Way Alliance raises funds for health and human service agencies that provide numerous services and programs that contribute to the quality of life here.

Bob Roesch, Community Investment chairman, said, “We encourage our currently funded nonprofit agencies as well as new agencies to submit funding applications. Our objective is to allocate the resources provided by our generous donors to agencies who best meet the current needs of our communities.”

“An agency being considered for United Way financial support must meet United Way eligibility requirements, said Joyce Mather, executive director. These requirements have been adopted by the United Way Alliance Board of Directors to ensure all admitted agencies meet legal and organizational requirements. If an applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements, it will not be considered for funding.”

To qualify, applicants must render a service that meets a demonstrated human need, its programs must be of quality and quantity that justify present and proposed expenditures and its hours of service must be such to meet the needs of the people served. The applicant must be a local nonprofit organization operating under federal tax exempt status 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or a non-501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that meets the furtherance of the United Way charitable purpose and has been in business for a minimum of two years. They must be registered and in good standing with the Secretary of State of West Virginia and/or Ohio and must file all applicable forms with the state. The nonprofit’s management must be vested in a soundly constituted volunteer board of directors, large enough to be properly representative, which meets at least quarterly and assumes the responsibility and accountability to the public for the governance of the agency.

The applicant shall make available a copy of a compiled financial statement prepared by an independent CPA in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles or a substitute acceptable to the United Way.

The applicant must have a local presence in Belpre, Vienna, Williamstown, Parkersburg or the surrounding geographical area served by the alliance, which would include the counties of Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia as well as the Belpre Township in Ohio.

Grants will be considered that address critical issues and have outcomes connected to United Way Alliance’s four focus areas: Education, emergency services/emergency assistance, health and operating funds.

Funding applications and the eligibility requirements are available on United Way Alliance’s website at www.uwamov.com. Call 304-580-0570 for additional information.

Nonprofit organizations receiving United Way funds are evaluated annually for their overall ability to provide service, as well as their impact on the community.