April 17, 2014
In order to understand and better serve the needs of our community, United Way wants to hear from you. We want to hear your thoughts on where the community is and where we should be heading. We want to learn from your experiences, understand your concerns and offer you the opportunity to share your aspirations and desire for change. As Rich Harwood, the founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, states, “Only when you gain a deep and authentic understanding of the nature of the community and people’s lives can you understand the conditions you must create for change to come about.”
Over the course of the past few months, United Way has hosted “Community Conversations” to reach out to the community and receive feedback. United Way has held several “Community Conversations.” The conversations are a method from the Harwood Institute to generate public knowledge that can be used to inform decision-making of all kinds. Through this process, United Way will receive the information to help further engage the community, find new partners, develop strategies and mobilize resources. The information will also help to shape United Way’s strategic plan and the future direction of the organization.