Nichole Hannahs

United Way Sets Goals for Education

by Nichole Hannahs on October 25, 2012 at 6:32 am

The United Way recently set goals for the community in order to create a financially stable, healthy and educated community.

Through it’s community matters survey the United Way has created four pillars that they believe can create a more stable community. It includes income, education and health.

For the first time the organization is setting goals for the programs it funds. The programs will report to the United Way how the money being used with in their organizations helps reach the goals set.

"The goals we’ve laid out we don’t necessarily have partnerships or collaborations or programs that we’re funding for each one," explained Community Impact Coordinator Amy Davis. "So, how can we change that? How can we start to get into the community to make those changes?"

The United Way will first tackle education. They’ll focus on increasing parenting skills for parents of infants to three years old, an increase in behavior and social interaction, and an increase in the number of young adults who graduate.

Davis said the goal isn’t to tell the schools what to do it’s to partner with them.

"We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel," said Davis. "Our intentions aren’t to do brand new programs, to overlap something that is already being done. Is there a way that the United Way can advance what is already being done."

To get the input on from the community on the education issue the United Way is asking you attend an open dialogue at the Zanesville Schools Administration Center, Tuesday October 30 from 8-9p.m.

Davis asks that you call and RSVP for the event by calling (740) 454-6872 or e-mailing by October 26.