Community Engagement Review Council Roles & Responsibilities





Trident United Way is seeking individuals to serve on our Review Council for the Community Engagement Investments. Council members have the unique opportunity to review grant applications for TUW’s Community Engagement Investments.  Review Council volunteers play an essential role in ensuring that donor dollars are used to achieve the greatest impact in community engagement efforts around our focus areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.

All interested individuals will first need to review this volunteer opportunity description as well as associated roles and responsibilities. After reviewing this document, interested individuals are encouraged to apply on the TUW website.

About the Community Engagement Grants:

Community Engagement refers to the process an organization uses to engage and connect the community for the purpose of advancing their work or advancing toward a common goal. Some examples of engagement activities include one-time, episodic and short-term events (like festivals/fairs, conferences, expos, etc.), episodic outreach, volunteer engagement activities, and trainings aligned with TUW’s areas of focus in Education, Financial Stability and Health.

This $25,000 investment pool is intended to help organizations embrace effective practices for community engagement activities. These effective practices in volunteer engagement, marketing, planning, implementation, and evaluation should lead to a successful activity. This is a new investment opportunity with a simplified application process. It also offers an investment entry point for agencies that are new to TUW funding.

TUW is seeking reviewers with the following skills and abilities:
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information
  • A natural interest in volunteerism and creating positive, community-level change
  • Curiosity for, passion for, and eagerness to learn about one or more of our areas of focus
  • Ability to listen and take part in constructive dialogue that leads to decision making
  • Ability to take notes about the applications to use during group discussion
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to analyze simple event budgets
  • Interest in attending outreach events hosted by grant recipients
  • Prior knowledge of marketing, event planning, community engagement, or outreach encouraged but not required

Time Commitment Required:

There are two grant application review periods per year. Review Council members serve one term equal to one grant review period (3 months). Individuals are encouraged to reapply to serve in future review periods, but are not guaranteed a seat.

Upcoming Review Period:

The Spring term is scheduled for March - May 2020.

  • Orientation - March 19th from 9AM-11AM

  • Training - April 21st from 9AM-11AM 

  • Decision Making - May 28th from 9AM-11AM

Other Requirements:

Each reviewer must commit to providing detailed, objective, constructive, and timely review for assigned applications. These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding. Select feedback will also be shared with each applicant following the reviews.

How to Apply:

Please view our Volunteer Application to find instructions for applying. The application process takes 3-5 minutes and is done online. If you have questions about the position please contact Amanda Sito, Strategic Volunteer Engagement Director, at 

Deadline to Apply:

To serve on the council for the upcoming review period please apply by March 6, 2020.