My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for United Way of Southern Chester County, Kennett Square, PA, USA
I have been active with the United Way of Southern Chester County (UWSCC) for many years. I first took notice of our UWSCC back in the 2000’s with the “Live Here, Give Here, Stays Here” billboard campaign. While I worked in another area, I was not aware of the needs of Southern Chester County. I started designating my donations through my employer to UWSCC.
I was then invited to serve on the Allocation Panel and I was exposed to many of the local programs that the UWSCC supports. The Allocation Panel process allows donors to serve on the panel and decide how much support should be given to the programs. The Panel interacts with the agencies and makes sure diligence is applied for fiscal responsibility as well as meeting the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. I was amazed by the needs of our community and the dedication of our partner agencies. I was also impressed with the UWSCC process and how much effort and support went into it. If you ever get the chance to serve on an Allocation Panel, I highly recommend doing it!
I then was invited to serve on the Board. I found the interaction between the Board and the CEO and her staff to be very cohesive and transparent. The Board is made up of 27 neighbors who are dedicated to seeing the most effective use of donor’s funds to improve lives in Southern Chester County. The CEO is integrated into the community like no other. The impact she and the UWSCC have is tremendous with over 17,000 people supported by the UWSCC each year.
This is a vibrant and dedicated United Way. The CEO, Staff and Board are working together to make Southern Chester County a better place to live for all. I have found all aspects of my interaction with UWSCC; donor, committee work, and Board Membership, to be very rewarding. The impact to the community is large while I trust the UWSCC and the CEO to use my time and donations in a very effective manner.