Friends University’s David Jones has helped Kansans get the help they need through his volunteer service with the United Way of the Plains, which serves Wichita and south central Kansas.
Jones, director of the accounting program within the College of Adult and Professional Studies, served on the United Way’s Allocation Review Panel, which helps ensure that the United Way’s 2012 donations will be invested for maximum capacity throughout the community.
Jones and 188 other Allocation Review Panel volunteers served during late August through mid-October on one of 10 panels that reviewed programs within the areas of education, income and health. Collectively, the allocation volunteers reviewed 93 programs at 35 agencies. Jones estimated that his part of the project took approximately 20 hours during the two-month process.
Jones said panel representatives review the agencies in need to learn what services they provide, what they do and who they do it for. “Then we review the agency in a general meeting with the agency presenting their story and goals. Then the panel reaches agreement on the amount of the funding the agency should be granted from the United Way of the Plains,” he said.
The volunteers recommended and the United Way board of directors approved funding for 87 local programs with funding that began Jan. 1.