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United Way's Community Conversations of 2013
Every four years United Way surveys the community to see where there may be gaps in services.Through giving, advocating and volunteering we can work together to solve the issues we see.
We have concluded the 2013 Community Assessment. Here are some early results:
In education: Residents from both Westchester and Putnam feel that early education and parental support are still the most important focuses of our work.
In Income and Financial stability: affordable housing , medical care and lack of jobs were the top concerns for both Westchester and Putnam.
In Health: “Access to affordable healthcare”, “stresses of daily life” and "dealing with chronic illness" were the top concerns. For our children and teens, bullying and discriminations was the number one health concern, followed closely by drug and alcohol use.
Details on each of the 2013 Community Assessments will be published later this year.
A Little History: 2008-2009 Community Conversation and Assessment
Over 1,500 members of the community responded to an online survey indicating what they considered to be the most pressing issues in Westchester and Putnam.
A task force of experts and leading volunteers was then put together for each focus area in education, income and health. Through research, they identified root causes and indicators (actual data) which helped them to prioritize concerns from the community assessment.
Then the task force, along with other volunteers, created strategies to address the goals, indicators and root causes for ten problem areas. Nonprofits were then selected through an application process to be part of a team working on addressing these problems. Each of the nonprofits agreed to meet together quarterly to learn from each other and measure shared results for their initiative.