United Way improves lives in our community through Community Soluitons. Our goal is that everyone in Benton and Franklin Counties has a good education; access to healthcare; lives and works in a safe environment; and is a self-sufficient, active member of our community.
A 2004 community needs assessment conducted by WSU Tri-Cities for United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties revealed that Benton and Franklin Counties needed better linkages and coordination among local health and human service providers. The Community Leaders Summit was held in October 2006 at which time the foundation for Community Solutions was established. These leaders identified the most pressing local needs fell into four priority areas: Education, Health, Safety, and Self-Sufficiency. United Way was asked by community leaders and donors to facilitate this process. The first cut of the Community Solutions Plan was developed in 2007 through a wide-scale community planning process involving 200 community leaders and residents in the bi-county area with the purpose of improving community conditions and people’s lives. Since then, the community has re-affirmed the plan and continues to identify its outcome areas as priorities for our community.
Health and human services affect every individual in Benton and Franklin Counties. Progress towards achieving the Plan’s outcomes and ultimately realizing the vision can only occur through comprehensive community engagement and participation by all.
OUTCOMES: What needs to be accomplished to ultimately achieve the Community Solutions vision?
- Education: People will have access to and benefit from early education, high school graduation, basic skills training, post-high school education and life-long learning.
a. Increase the number and percentage of children ready for kindergarten.
- Increase the number and percentage of people who graduate from high school.
c. Increase the skills and competencies of adults.
- Health: People will live healthy lives through emphasis on prevention, as well as access to needed healthcare.
a. Increase the number and percentage of people who practice preventative healthcare.
b. Decrease the number and percentage of people treated for preventable diseases.
c. Increase the number and percentage of people who have access to quality, affordable and timely healthcare.
Safety: People will be safe in their homes, schools and neighborhoods, and live in a community free of abuse, neglect, violence, and crime.
a. Decrease the number and percentage of neglect and abuse incidents.
b. Decrease the number and percentage of violent crimes against people.
c. Increase neighborhood safety.
Self Sufficiency: People will have access to basic needs such as food and housing, and individuals who are able to work are self-sufficient through gainful employment with livable wages and other assets.
Increase the number and percentage of people who reside in stable and affordable housing.
Increase the number and percentage of people who are financially self-sufficient.
Increase the number and percentage of people who consume adequate and nutritious food.