United Way of Hancock County has placed recent community needs assessments and an executive summary on its website for review by the community. The reports which were compiled in 2013 and 2014 are available at http:://liveunitedhancockcounty.org under “community reports.”
United Way of Hancock County, in conjunction with The Community Foundation, Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board and Findlay Health Department, conducted a community needs assessment that explored health and social issues in Hancock County in 2013. United Way followed up with community conversations in 2014. 514 people responded to the needs assessment, a participation rate of 45 percent. Two-hundred eight-nine people participated in facilitated small groups of 8-12 participants which discussed issues and vision for Hancock County.
The documents also include an executive summary that shares an overview of the results of assessment efforts.
United Way has already put the information to use by identifying needs and approving the funding of two pilot programs. In January, United Way funded additional preschool sessions for families in the Findlay City School district who might not otherwise be able to afford preschool. The United Way is also rolling out a pilot fitness program called “Crunch Out Obesity” as a result of concerns about obesity in Hancock County children.
The next step in the assessment process is a “community mapping” project in which local leaders and funding organizations will delve deeper into the results and determine additional resources that could improve lives in Hancock County.
For more information contact John Urbanski, United Way of Hancock County president and chief executive officer at 419-423-1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org