What happens after the Campaign?
At United Way, the money raised in a community stays there and is invested by Community Impact Council members who serve as local United Way champions. They act as advocates, ambassadors and decision-makers for their communities and are known to be the eyes and ears on the ground for us. They let us know of emerging community issues, emergencies, connect us with leaders and resources and give us context when working locally.
Why do we have Community Impact Councils?
As our campaigns continue to grow in strength, we must be responsible and accountable for how the money is invested in the community. We can’t do that important work without local champions and decision makers.
In total we have five Community Funds: Kamloops, North Thompson, Cariboo, Merritt and Ashcroft/Logan Lake/Cache Creek, and we have established a Community Impact Council for each one of them.
We had difficult decisions to make and appreciated that we were all contributing to the decisions. I also wanted to say that United Way listened and guided us so well through the process. Their professionalism, dedication and integrity is what makes being involved with the United Way a privilege and honour.
Being part of the United Way Community Impact Council was a very informative and humbling experience. I was able to learn about a variety of amazing programs and services that benefit children, youth, and families in my region. The most inspiring part of this experience was meeting the passionate organizations and individuals who dedicate their time and efforts to continuously make the Cariboo a better place.
I am honoured and humbled to be part of a great group of community members such as those who are part of the United Way Community Impact Council. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve our community.