Jen Langheim, CMT
Vision Council Member, United Way
CMT’s own Jen Langheim has contributed to United Way’s fund allocation and program evaluation work by serving as a volunteer on the Health Vision Council for the United Way of Central Illinois.
“The whole point of volunteering for me is joy… It brings me joy.”
Those who donate to nonprofit organizations naturally want to feel their gifts will be used in the most effective way. How do you know a charity is delivering well on its promise to lift up the most vulnerable among us? How can you know it’s making an impact?
CMT is proud to partner with United Way, a nonprofit organization that has a long track record of making positive change in local communities. Their century-plus legacy of success continues strong bolstered by the organization’s focus on:
- Driving measurable outcomes.
- Requiring accountability and reporting from the programs in which it invests.
- Engaging local volunteers in grant administration and program evaluation processes.
CMT’s own Jen Langheim has contributed to United Way’s fund-allocation and program-evaluation work by serving as a volunteer on the Health Vision Council for the United Way of Central Illinois.
Vision Councils are volunteer-driven committees that assess the best investment opportunities for community impact in the key funding areas of Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability, and Health. They also hold United Way and its partners accountable.
Working alongside her fellow Vision Council members, Jen reads and evaluates materials – grant proposals, success stories, impact reports, and more – from health-focused organizations seeking funding support from United Way. In addition to providing an analytical eye to this process, Jen brings to the table her experience of navigating life as a person with a chronic autoimmune disease.
Since their inception six years ago, United Way of Central Illinois’ Vision Councils have overseen $8 million of investment, favorably impacted the lives of over 23,500 children and adults, and provided valuable insights that have strengthened United Way’s services tremendously.
Jen notes that through her volunteer engagement with the Vision Council, she not only gives – she also gets.
“The whole point of volunteering for me is joy,” Jen says. “It brings me joy.”