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Leveraging our resources to fund collaborative, proven solutions for the most urgent challenges


We believe in local solutions for local problems. An essential part of our approach is our volunteer Community Investments Committee. These volunteers ask the questions our supporters want answered. By using a thorough vetting process to select nonprofit partners, they ensure donations are used to solve our most urgent and challenging problems. In addition to pouring over 990s, audits, program details and results, volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is invested.


United Way’s grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Requests for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. Across these opportunities, United Way volunteers aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges. This year, we are introducing a new online application portal called e-CImpact, in hopes of creating a more user-friendly experience for our agency partners. To learn more about the application portal, please view the getting started guide linked below.



The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federal grant created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies to help people with economic emergencies. EFSP funds are Federal funds awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

EFSP funding is available to nonprofit and governmental organizations, who are currently helping hungry and homeless people with food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance. To apply for EFSP funding, please complete an EFSP application in e-CImpact once EFSP phase 42 has been announced (TBD).
Community Investments Volunteer Opportunity


Each year, community volunteers generously contribute their time and talent to lead the review process for United Way certification and grant funding. United Way South Hampton Roads (UWSHR) is currently seeking volunteers for its Certification Review Panel, which is responsible for reviewing the financials of agencies applying for grant funding through UWSHR. The Certification review panel volunteers like you are the backbone of this process, ensuring that the community's investments are vetted and have the greatest impact possible. I would greatly appreciate your expertise and dedication.

Have questions or need assistance?

Contact Tamara Marshall, our dedicated Coordinator for Community Impact at tmarshall@unitedwayshr.org or 757-853-8500 ext. 305.

This is a unique opportunity for you to:
  • Use your expertise to contribute positively to the community
  • Ensure that investments are vetted and have the most significant impact possible
  • Learn more about the work of United Way and local nonprofits
  • Grow personally and professionally and expand your network
Financial Review Panel Overview
  • Purpose: As a Certification Volunteer, your main task will be to review organizations’ 990s, independent audits/external reviews, and board composition and oversight. This comprehensive assessment is crucial in determining the financial health of the nonprofits applying for grant funding.
  • Expertise: Experience with reviewing financial statements is required.
  • Task: Volunteers participate in an orientation and are assigned about five organizations to review independently. organizations to review independently.
    • Estimated time commitment: Panel orientation (1 hour), review of no more than five applications (approx. 5-7 hours of independent work).
    • Panel Orientation/Training date: July 24, 2024 | 1:00–2:00PM (via Zoom)
    • Independent review timeframe: August 9, 2024–August 30, 2024

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