United Way is embarking on a transformative journey in order to better serve our community. We would like to invite all interested community members to join us as we begin this transformation for a series of community research presentations.
United Way is continuing to see the need for assistance steadily increasing and problems becoming more widespread and more difficult to treat. In order to create long-term sustainable change, United Way is transitioning to a Community Impact business model designed to pinpoint and target the underlying causes of issues that affect our community. With the community’s help, United Way will strive to develop strategies and partnerships that will bring about lasting change as true Community Impact is an effort that is owned by the entire community.
To make this transition, over the course of fourteen months, United Way has completed an extensive amount of research by conducting a total of 55 Community Conversations throughout our ten county BRADD region – a way to truly LISTEN and understand what’s most important to residents. The next step is to use what was learned to be the convener in bringing together a broad range of community partners to create long-term community change goals around the issues deemed most important by community residents. In addition, more than 4,700 surveys were submitted by community members citing the issues most important to them. People from all ten BRADD counties, all ages, ethnicities and income levels shared their thoughts and aspirations.
We would like to share our findings with Southern Kentucky residents in a series of upcoming presentations: “Southern Kentucky Speaks Out.” During these presentations, we will discuss what community residents shared with us over the course of these fourteen months with a focus on issues related to Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net specifically. We hope that you will be able to join us for the following:
Thursday, April 16th
6pm – 7pm
Edmonson County Public Library – 280 Ferguson Street
Co-hosted by Sheriff Shane Doyle, Superintendent Patrick Waddell, Judge Executive Wil Cannon
It takes an entire community to make a difference and we need you. This presentation is the first step of a bold journey – one that links solid, research-based community strategies to the resources needed to implement them. Only when we are all working together toward common purpose are we truly Living United. We invite you to be part of the change.