A local group is trying to improve the lives of others – one person at a time.
In 2007, the Community Impact Team conducted the "What Matters" survey. Amy Davis from the United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties said the survey asked people to identify ways to make the community a better place to live.
"Income, education and health care – that’s what the focus of the Community Impact Team has been over the years," said Davis. "We conducted the I-wheel process in January and February of 2009, where we brought together over 100 members of the community to discuss if certain situations happen, under income, education and health care, what would be the impact for that."
From this process, community indicators were identified as well as attainable outcomes. Davis said the increased smoking rates led to the developmental stages of smoke-free zones in downtown Zanesville.
"We’ve already made several presentations to the county commissioners and city council," said Davis. "We’ll be working with the Zanesville Downtown Association to ask campuses to go completely tabacco-free."
Other programs that stemmed from this survey include free tax preparations and a learning series to teach high school students about personal finance. To see the full report, you can visit www.unitedwayofmpm.org.