United Way knows the importance of leveraging relationships to support community actions that encourage shared responsibility and empowerment to provide for the social well-being of people living in York County. Skilled volunteers support a variety of committees as part of UWYC's operations.
Standing Committees of the Board:
Overview: A nonprofit Board of Directors is responsible for providing governance of and support to the organization. Governance includes defining the organization's mission, fulfilling its fiduciary duties, hiring the executive for the organization and evaluating her/his performance, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements for nonprofits, providing strategic direction, and evaluating the overall work of the organization. The board actively sets policy and ensures that the organization has adequate resources to carry out its mission. Board members are also ambassadors for the organization and responsible for supporting its fundraising efforts.
UWYC's Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its purpose, mission and goals. Board members represent UWYC as spokespersons and interpret its values and work to the community as well as advocate for the organization in order to secure funding, legislation and other support for the mission. Board members represent the interests of UWYC and the values of the organization, speak out for stakeholders' interests, and on their behalf hold the organization accountable.
Board members are required to actively participate in fundraising and to keep informed about what's going on, ask pertinent questions and request information in order to participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues and policies. UWYC Board members must attend at least 75% of board meetings, committee meetings, special events and make a financial contribution at a level that is personally meaningful. Board members work directly with staff and other board members as partners towards the achievement of UWYC's goals.
The Board meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 8:00am - 9:00am at UWYC. If you are interested in learning more about the Board of Directors, please contact Barb Wentworth, President & CEO.
Standing Committees of the Board:
Members of the Campaign Cabinet provide leadership and assistance to further the development and execution of strategies that assist the UWYC in achieving its campaign goal. Members of the Cabinet work closely with UWYC's Manager of Resource Development.
Cabinet members help promote the annual UWYC Community Campaign in the community and in their workplace (if applicable). The group also works to expand the workplace campaign via their own personal and professional contacts by making introductions for UWYC at businesses that are not currently involved. Additionally, Cabinet members may be asked to speak at workplace campaign presentations and help support all fundraising efforts and special events that contribute to the annual campaign. Members attend monthly meetings throughout the community campaign season (July-January).
Members attend monthly meetings throughout the community campaign season (July - January). If you are interested in learning more about the cabinet or would like to join please contact Chiara Ferrante, Manager of Resource Development.
An integral part of United Way of York County's decision making around community investments is the Community Review Team. This group of 10-12 members is comprised of individuals from the business, nonprofit and community volunteer sectors. They bring a balance of skills and viewpoints on financial accounting practices, nonprofit board and organizational management and community needs. The Team's primary role is to evaluate proposals for program funding and make recommendations to fund the most effective, efficient and stable organizations/programs that align with UWYC strategic priorities.
The team meets year-round - quarterly between January-September and more frequently during the community investment proposal process in the last quarter of the year. Members bring expertise in financial management, nonprofit program, board and management, community volunteerism and knowledge of local community needs. If you are interested in learning more or joining this group please contact Lora Kline, Director of Strategic Impact.
The Finance Committee serves as a resource to the UWYC Board of Directors, UWYC's President & CEO, and UWYC's Director of Administrative Operations on topics related to finance and various internal operations. The committee acts as the audit committee for UWYC and oversees the selection of an independent certified public accountant to perform the annual audit. Following completion of the annual audit, the committee meets with the auditor to review the audit, responds to any concerns raised during the process and prepares for an audit presentation to the Board of Directors.
The committee also oversees the staff development of the annual budget and recommends the final budget to the UWYC Board of Directors for approval. It provides ongoing oversight and management of the approved budget throughout the year with monthly reports to the Board of Directors. The committee is also responsible for reviewing all major business contracts of the organization, including all maintenance agreements and insurance policies. They develop, periodically review, and amend when necessary all financial policies of the organization. This committee also annually reviews the UWYC Endowment Fund.
If you are interested in joining the Finance Committee or learning more please contact Vicki Swerdlow, Director of Administrative Operations.
The Governance Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the governance of United Way of York County. Any vote by the Governance Committee is a recommendation to the full Board. The Governance Committee consists of up to five board members, including the Vice-Chair of the Board, the Ethics Officer of the Board, the President & CEO of UWYC, and two additional members. The Vice-Chair of the Board serves as Chair of this committee. Duties of the committee include nomination/re-election of Board Members and new Board Member On-Boarding (orientation), planning for the organization’s Annual Meeting, review and updating of corporate documents, overseeing the annual Code of Ethics process, ensuring all committee charters are up to date and succession planning for the President & CEO position.
Barb Wentworth, UWYC President & CEO, is the staff liaison for the Governance Committee.
The Human Resources Committee serves as a resource to the UWYC Board of Directors, the President & CEO and the Director of Administrative Operations on human resource issues that impact the organization and its staff. The Committee, which meets bi-monthly, establishes and periodically reviews the organization's personnel policies, including work hours, compensation, benefits, grievance/discipline procedures, and performance review guidelines. It establishes and periodically reviews the organization’s personnel policies and benefits and is involved each year in the development of the annual budget. The group ensures that the organization complies with all federal and state employment laws and regulations. The Committee also provides assistance to the Chair of UWYC's Board of Directors with the annual performance review of UWYC's President & CEO.
If you are interested in joining the Human Resources Committee or would like to learn more please contact Vicki Swerdlow, Director of Administrative Operations.
The Day of Caring Planning Committee works with UWYC's Manager of Youth and Volunteer Engagement to plan and put into action UWYC's Annual Day of Caring event held each June. The committee meets frequently in the first half of the year and connects with area businesses, schools, nonprofits and community volunteers to increase the number of volunteers and projects that can be supported during the course of the day. Committee members assist with recruitment and review of proposed projects, recruitment of volunteers, communication between the projects and the assigned volunteer groups, presentations at the breakfast Kick-off, supporting projects on the Day of Caring and managing the evaluation process.
The Day of Caring Projects Sub-Committee visits project sites to determine safety and suitability for participant volunteers. They email/call DOC project sites to provide support to project site coordinators. Training is provided to the Projects Committee on the use of GetConnected which is the online vehicle participant volunteers and project site coordinators use to sign up for DOC. This committee also is trained on what criteria are necessary for a project site to be deemed safe and appropriate for volunteer participants. The DOC Projects Committee starts to meet in early April until the June event. The time of the committee meetings are flexible and determined by the group. Committee members must be able to visit some project sites for assessment during working hours in the month of April.
The Day of Caring Volunteer Sub-Committee connects with area businesses, schools and community volunteers to increase the number of volunteers and to support those who are interested in volunteering. The committee is composed of volunteers who have the ability to connect and communicate clearly via email and by phone and have proficient computer skills.
If you are interested in joining the Day of Caring Planning Committee and/or to assist with planning, projects or volunteer recruitment, please contact Jason Ketterick, Manager of Volunteer & Youth Engagement.
As part of the national EFSP program, funds are directed to communities based on unemployment and other data for distribution at the local level. UWYC administers the program, recruits and supports the Local Board and ensures that the application and documentation processes occur during each EFSP cycle. Volunteers may serve on the EFSP Local Board, reviewing applications and making funding decisions.
If you are interested in learning more about the EFSP Local Board, please contact Vicki Swerdlow, Director of Administrative Operations.
The Eligibility Sub-Committee conducts organizational level reviews of interested nonprofits. This process was developed by UWYC to give donors and the community at large the confidence that organizations that receive funding from UWYC have the capacity to implement the services as outlined in their requests for funding.
The Sub-Committee is composed of community volunteers skilled in key financial and business management areas who are able to conduct an objective screening of applicant nonprofit organizations. Each quarter the Eligibility Sub-Committee reviews submitted materials, including financial statements, board rosters, overview of services and management of financial and staff resources, and determines the duration of an organization's eligibility status, ranging from one to three year.
If you are interested in joining or want to learn more please contact Lora Kline, Director of Strategic Impact
Each year, UWYC hosts an Online Auction. An online auction committee of approximately 10 volunteers reach out to local businesses to solicit items for the auction with the goal of each volunteer soliciting auction items with a value of $1,000. The committee met in person twice, communicated via e-mail and Google Docs and conducted their outreach between November and February. Our goal for the 2016 Online Auction – to be held January 28-February 14, 2016 - is $10,000.
If you are interested in learning more about the Online Auction Committee or would like to join, please contact Chiara Ferrante, Manager of Resource Development.
The York County Early Childhood Coalition, hosted by United Way of York County, promotes the importance of positive birth to five experiences. It is the group's goal that as a community we ensure a healthy foundation that prepares every child for a bright future.”
Currently, the Coalition hosts an annual Community Conversation on Early Childhood, advocates for investment in early childhood education as a path to the future economic viability of our larger community, and plans outreach and education efforts to support formal and informal caregivers and families with young children. The group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month, from 3:00-4:30pm at United Way of York County.
If you are interested in learning more or joining the Coalition please contact Lora Kline, Director of Strategic Impact.
In an ongoing effort to ensure that quality financial education is available to the youth of York County, the York County Youth Financial Education Fund was created with generous donations from Sanford Institution for Savings, United Way of York County, Unum, Kennebunk savings, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution and a private donor. United Way of York County is serving as the fiscal agent for the fund.
Fund Advisors include representatives from donating businesses and organizations and additional community members interested in ensuring that youth are financially literate and prepared as they graduate from high school. The group met quarterly to discuss emerging trends in youth financial education and to conduct a mini-grant process to support financial education programs in schools and community organizations. Currently, this group is not active, but will be reinstated later this year.
If you are interested in joining the Fund Advisors or would like more information please contact Jason Ketterick, Manager of Volunteer & Youth Engagement.