United Way of Whitewater Valley is sharpening its focus by addressing key issues to create lasting change in people’s lives. We’re becoming more focused in making strategic choices, which is critical, because needs are growing faster than resources. Together with community partners, we will concentrate our efforts on pressing issues defined by the community.
The foundation of the United Way of Whitewater Valley’s Future Strategies lies in the Community Voices Assessment that was completed in 2008. In completing the assessment, the United Way partnered with other leading organizations in our community. Area 9 Agency, City of Richmond, Richmond Community Schools, Wayne County Vision, Wayne County and the Wayne County Foundation together lead the process. The United Way and its partners engaged the community in a discussion of the pressing needs and the greatest concerns in the Community Voices Assessment led to the creation of four Focus Areas: Education, Youth and Families, Health, and Community Vitality.
To lead the work in each of these areas United Way is creating Vision Councils. The Vision Councils will be comprised of strategically recruited members who have expertise or an identified skill set beneficial to the target issues of the Vision Council. Members will be local experts on the issue, direct service providers, community representatives and will include representation from the United Way Board of Directors.
Youth achieve educational goals necessary to become positive, contributing members of the community.
- Children have the positive language, social and emotional skills necessary to succeed.
- Adolescents take personal responsibility for their actions and school performance leading to success in high school.
Schools and community organizations have greater agreement about their respective roles in supporting youth and increase collaboration and coordination consistent with these roles.
- Coordinate existing programs and efforts to identify duplication of efforts and gaps in services.
Families and individuals have the basic necessities to meet their needs through coordinated programs and services.
- Ensure that food, housing and utilities are available to individuals who lack the minimum resources for safe and healthy living.
Access to prevention and treatment programs related to crime and violence, especially as it relates to families.
- Identify and support proven programs that reduce and treat domestic violence and child abuse.
Residents have access to prevention and treatment programs related to abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
- Ensure availability of treatment programs for individuals challenged with drug and alcohol abuse as well as teenagers with tobacco use issues.
- Identify and support programs aimed at the prevention of illegal drug, alcohol and teen tobacco use.
Youth & Families
Community resources are accessible, integrated and focused to assist youth at risk.
- Identify proven solutions and reduce juvenile delinquency as well as minimize activities know to promote delinquency.
- Utilize protective factors while minimizing risk factors to reduce teen pregnancy rates.
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