Our Strategic Vision
In the fall of 2017, United Way of the Capital Region and our community launched three new pilot projects in access to health care, school readiness and workforce development. Through the projects, we are changing conditions for people who want a better life, but don’t know how to make it happen. While the projects have started out small, they are scalable to ensure they can grow to serve rural, suburban and urban parts of our community.
At the same time, we continue to support basic needs services to ensure people have access to resources in urgent situations.
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From Assessment to Action
United Way and our community began the transition to this work with an assessment of community needs. "Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community" examined the changing demographics and health and human service needs through the lens of health, education, income and basic needs. After reviewing the findings of this assessment, our board of directors identified the most pressing local needs to drive the focus of our work:
- Health – Lack of access to health care.
- Education – Disparities in school readiness and school achievement.
- Income – Children and families living in poverty.
- Basic Needs – Increase in the number of families needing safety net services.
To move the needle on these issues, our United Way changed its approach to solving community problems. In 2016, we adopted a collective impact model of work. Collective impact requires that everyone work together in partnership to find new and innovative ways to address the most pressing needs in our community.