Community Investment Review Teams


Generous Community Care Fund donors entrust United Way of the Midlands (UWM) to invest funds into programs in the greater Omaha, Bellevue and Council Bluffs metro area through the investment process. These dollars help nonprofit organizations address the needs of those living in or at-risk for poverty. Volunteers review and score grant applications, attend program presentations, and make funding recommendations. This important work begins each January, with an orientation to the CIRT process for new volunteers and a refresher session for returning volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers who are invested in United Way’s guiding principles of transparency, accountability, partnership and engagement. These volunteers are community members who:

  • Think strategically about community issues and solutions
  • Offer subject matter expertise, professional or volunteer experience in basic needs, classroom readiness, or workforce readiness
  • Represent donors, companies, community organizations and government agencies
  • Have a commitment to the stewardship of community funds
  • Desire to learn more about the issues and greatest needs facing our community
  • Value data as part of the decision making process
  • Comply with UWM Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct policies
  • Adhere to the UWM Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest policies


  • January: Orient & Inform
    • Returning volunteers attend a refresher session
    • New volunteers are introduced to the CIRT process through orientation
  • February: Review Proposals
    • Volunteers conduct a comprehensive analysis of programs assigned to their team for review
  • March - April: Program Presentations
    • Program presentations are 60 minutes in length
    • Each volunteer is responsible to attend a minimum of half of the presentations assigned to their team
  • May: Recommendation Meetings
    • Each team will meet for 3 hours to discuss final funding recommendations to be approved by the United Way of the Midlands Community Investment Review Team Committee

TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME COMMITMENT: 40-45 hours over a 4-month period