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Frequently Asked Questions 

Question: What does Meriden & Wallingford United Way do?
Answer: Meriden and Wallingford United Way is a locally-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that addresses health and human service needs:
  • United Way supports critical human care services, assistance for the homebound and disabled, emergency food and shelter, personal growth, youth development, and child and family support.
One in three residents are helped by United Way funded programs each year.

Question: Why should I give to Meriden and Wallingford United Way? Why not give directly to an agency?
  • United Way’s focus on creating long-term solutions for our communities in which we work or live.
  • There are many valuable non-profits in the area that you may care about. United Way supports a variety of local needs, such as youth programs, literacy and job training, affordable counseling, emergency food and shelter. One gift impacts many important needs!
  • You can also be assured that your gift to United Way goes directly to fund programs that help people with that need. Giving directly to an agency may not help in the same way.  Since United Way capitalizes on our scale and reach in the community, we raise more money for some agencies, more efficiently, than they do themselves.
  • United Way not only conducts periodic needs assessments to ensure donor dollars are addressing the community needs, but it also monitors funded programs annually to make sure they are running efficiently and effectively impacting local needs. United Way volunteers make sure that limited dollars are supporting agencies doing the most good in the community.
Question: What does “Volunteer Driven” mean?
Answer: Approximately 1,000 volunteers, including concerned residents, business and community leaders, human service and educators, are involved in managing all aspects of United Way. Volunteers make up the Board of Directors, Campaign committee, review all agencies receiving United Way Funds, and drive United Way’s work creating real, substantively community conditions in the areas of youth development, child and family support, personal growth, and emergency & crisis.

Question: Where does the money that United Way raises go?
Answer: Your gift to United Way of Meriden and Wallingford stays in Meriden and Wallingford. United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of local needs in Meriden and Wallingford.

Question: Who makes United Way Funding Decisions?
Answer: All United Way funding decisions are made by volunteers.

Each year, all services and programs currently funded by United Way are reviewed by volunteers, who are trained with knowledge of budgets, program efficiency and impact, to determine future funding levels. Organizations seeking funding present proposals and give verbal presentations to our volunteer panels. Funding decisions are based on dollars available, the need for the program and the outcomes achieved for clients.

Question: How much money actually goes to program and services?
Answer: Eighty-four cents of every dollar donated supports local services that help people in need. United Way’s cost of just 16 cents is well below the standard of 35 cents recommended for charities by the Better Business Bureau.

Question: Does United Way have its financial condition audited?
Answer: Yes. Each year an independent CPA firm audits the books and provides an audit report and management letter to United Way’s Board of Directors. Independent auditors also audit funded agencies.

Question: How does an agency apply to receive United Way Funding?
Answer: Any registered not-for-profit agency that provides health and human services to the people of Meriden and Wallingford may apply for United Way Funding. Agencies must submit detailed financial statements, a certified audit report, as well as information about their agency services to be provided. Volunteers review all applications and make decisions about funding.
Question: Why are some people charged a fee when they go to a United Way funded agency program?
Answer: United Way dollars provide only part of the operational expenses of an agency. In other words, United Way dollars and particular services and programs within that agency, specifically targeting those most in need. Although agencies don’t solicit the community during the fall United Way drive, they can fundraise during other parts of the year to reduce program and operating expenses. If you are already supporting the United Way, you know you are making a significant contribution to the community and contributing to that agency’s mission.

Question: What if I Want to Do More than Give Money?
Answer: United Way offers many opportunities for groups and individuals to get involved in volunteerism and help with projects.

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