Penn State to support Lebanon County community needs assessment

LEBANON, PA – United Way of Lebanon County has partnered with Penn State University’s Center for Survey Research to conduct the 2017 Lebanon County Community Needs Assessment.

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The 2017 assessment process includes multiple focus group sessions with clients of community services, local non-profit service providers, policy makers and community partners; secondary data collection from government and private sources; and, a community survey. On June 15, 2017, United Way will host a community forum to share initial findings and solicit feedback on the development and advancement of programs and solutions addressing the complex health and human needs of Lebanon County.

Kenny Montijo, CEO of United Way said, “Findings from this assessment will aid in developing comprehensive solutions and programs that address the underlying root causes of poverty, low education attainment, homelessness, and many other issues facing our county with the goal to improve the health and well-being of the residents of our community.”

Past community assessments have led to the development of programs and services that support our community’s vulnerable populations. “This is evidenced by the availability of the 211 Information and Referral program and the opening of the Lebanon Ridge Oral Health Clinic; two identified priority needs in the 2012 Community Needs Assessment,” said Montijo.

Residents of Lebanon County are encouraged to provide critical input about their experiences and needs by completing a brief 16 question community survey in English or Spanish. The survey will be available from March 20 to May 1, 2017, online at unitedwaylebco.org and in paper form at not-for-profit organizations across the county.

United Way of Lebanon County’s mission is to improve lives through the effective development and stewardship of community resources. United Way is financially supporting 32 community programs focused on education, health, financial stability, and safety net services through a two-year funding commitment of $2.5 million. For additional information, and to participate in the distribution of the community survey, please contact the United Way of Lebanon County at (717) 273-8144.

SOURCE – news release

 

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