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Community Foundation and United Way Hosting Community Conversations Results Event

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and United Way of Hancock County will be jointly hosting an event that will unveil the results of the 2017 community conversations effort. Trained facilitators heard from over 1,000 individuals in Hancock County. The results were compiled and will be presented on Thursday, January 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The community conversations project was a part of an overall community assessment and allowed for face-to-face interaction with city and county residents, on their turf, and encouraged residents to share their perspectives on various topics and issues.  The conversations were “kitchen-style”, meaning they were informal and encouraged participants to share community concerns, personal experiences, challenges and aspirations for the Hancock County area. The two organizations are using the results to guide their work over the next few years.

“The results from the community conversations will demonstrate the importance of our shift to initiative funding as well as support our newly revealed financial stability initiative,” said John Urbanski, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of United Way of Hancock County. “Attendees will also learn about our advocacy efforts and our work in the areas of health and education.”

Katherine Kreuchauf, president and CEO, said, “We are so grateful for everyone who participated in a community conversation over the summer. We heard from over 1,000 residents about what matters most to them. We look forward to sharing the results with the public so that together we can continue to address the most pressing needs in our community.”

Attendees are asked to register by January 15 at or by calling 419-423-1432. Attendees may also register by sending an email to