Volunteers celebrated the end of the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s grant review process Monday, April 23, with a cocktail reception at Al Fresco’s at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course.
Each year, dedicated volunteers make important funding decisions to ensure that annual donations are carefully and thoughtfully put to good use to help the most vulnerable children, individuals and families in Palm Beach County. They spend hours reviewing grant applications from area non-profits, attending site visits and meeting with team members to decide how much money will go toward programs in the areas of education, health, financial stability and basic needs.
“The allocations process is the cornerstone of our United Way,” said Board Chairman Jay Boodheshwar. “Volunteers dedicate their heart and soul to this process to ensure that more than 2,500 donations are invested in effective programs that make the greatest impact on those in need in our community.”
Since the volunteer-driven review process began in 1945, more than $69 million has been invested in programs that put kids on the path to graduation, ensure people are healthy and safe, help older adults and persons with disabilities gain independence, and provide the supports needed to lift adults and families out of poverty.
This year, 96 volunteers on 14 teams (list linked below) participated in the allocation process. They evaluated 92 programs at 46 local non-profits from Boca Raton to Jupiter. Their recommended $3,281,700 in funding will help more than 390,000 residents in our community.