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Chatham County seeks volunteers to serve on nonprofit grant review panels

Posted Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County needs interested citizens to serve on panels to review nonprofit funding requests. To allow more citizens to serve on the panels, the county is scheduling panel meetings during daytime and evening hours. The deadline to apply is Feb. 17, 2011.

The panels are in particular need of members with expertise in human services, such as programs that serve seniors, children and families, low-income residents, disabled residents and residents with special needs.

“These panels have a critical role in Chatham County,” said Renee Paschal, assistant county manager. “They provide a thorough review of nonprofits’ applications for grants from Chatham County. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners greatly appreciates input from the panel members on the best use of the county’s nonprofit funding, especially since we don’t have enough money to fund all of the requests from nonprofits.”

Review panel volunteers will receive training in March, visit four to six agencies in early April (at the volunteers’ convenience), hear 30-minute presentations from four to six agencies, and recommend county funding for each agency. Volunteers also will be asked to provide a written description of their funding recommendation and the rationale for that decision.

Volunteers can select the four-hour time blocks that they wish to serve. Meetings will be scheduled to accommodate as many volunteers as possible as well as to accommodate the nonprofit agencies under review. Review panels will meet between April 18 and 22.

Volunteers must be residents of Chatham County. Employees of non-profit agencies that apply for county funds are ineligible to serve. Board members and volunteers of non-profit agencies that apply for county funds may serve on a panel that is not related to their non-profit agency or any similar agency.

Those who want to serve on the review panels must submit a completed volunteer application no later than Feb. 17, 2011. To obtain a form:

  • Click here to download a form that you can fill in, save and email to lisa.west@chathamnc.org. Or you can print it off, complete by hand and return to: Lisa West, County Manager's Office, P. O. Box 1809, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
  • By Jan. 18, you can get a printed copy of the application form at the three library branches in Goldston, Pittsboro and Siler City and in the County Manager’s Office located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex Building located on the south side of the traffic circle in Pittsboro.
Call Lisa West at 919-545-8483 if you have questions or want more information.
 
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