Citizen's Review Committee
The Citizen’s Review Committee (CRC) is an instrumental layer in our organization’s Pillar of Accountability.
Who is the CRC and for what are they responsible?
- The CRC is comprised solely of community volunteers who are current United Way contributors.
- CRC volunteers are not board members, or otherwise stakeholders, of any United Way Affiliated Organization.
- Recognize changes in community needs; then, look for service gaps and address them.
- Align United Way Impact Areas with current community needs; seek the Board of Directors’ approval.
- Review program funding applications from Affiliated Organizations; which may include face-to-face interviews with applicants to gain more in-depth knowledge of an organization’s program mission and implementation and to verify the accountability of the program.
- Make program funding recommendations to the Board of Directors based on the new year’s budget.
- Review outcome reporting of the funded programs to see their impact on community needs.
- Assure funded programs are addressing a community need.
- The programs align with both the organization’s mission and UWSCC’s mission.
- Programs funded are unique to the Affiliated Organization’s mission so that there is no duplication of programs among organizations.
2020-21 Citizen's Review Committee Report
By Cindy Rourke, CRC Chair
The Citizens Review Committee (CRC) annually reviews proposals submitted by local affiliated organizations to reduce the need for emergency services, teach youth life skills, improve quality of life through health and advocacy, and help adults through education and training. The members of the CRC engage in serious and thoughtful discussions when reviewing applications for funding. This past year the CRC and organizations used new software to submit and review program applications. The new software proved to be easy to use resulting in increased efficiency and productivity during this annual process. The CRC recommended that a total of 33 programs offered by 26 organizations be supported. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding priority was given to programs that provide health, shelter, food, and emergency services. UWSCC continues to support community initiatives along with providing direct services. The CRC also oversaw the review of applications submitted by local entities needing additional assistance with COVID related expenses such as PPE and cleaning supplies. Thirteen requests for funding were approved along with the purchase of 6 food trucks for food distribution within St. Clair County.
The CRC reviews reports submitted by the organizations to assure that they have met local needs and that their program performance indicators have been fulfilled. When possible, organizations have attended CRC Zoom meetings to better acquaint CRC members with the services they provide.
The on-going changes and the increased social, health and economic needs throughout St. Clair County emphasized the struggle many face on a daily basis.
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