Identify Community issues

Keeping tabs on the needs of our community is a priority at United Way. One of the many ways we do this is through the Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles website, which tracks data from Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties with topics including children and youth, community engagement, demographics, economy, education, financial stability, health, and housing. We also review data and research statistics from other sources in our region with the help of our volunteers.

However, we understand that numbers only tell part of the story.

To ground our findings, we lead ongoing discussions with experts to understand the complexity of these challenges from the people whose feet are on the ground. We also hold roundtable discussions in the areas of workplace readiness, early education, financial literacy and elements of social health to further our research. 

Locally, with the help of our volunteer committee and councils, we have identified the following as the key building blocks to a strong community and successful life:

Education
Parents and caregivers will be given the support they need to help children reach their potential. Students will be provided with opportunities for learning outside the classroom through after-school programs, mentoring and homework assistance.

Income
Adults and youth will be educated on how to increase their annual earnings, advance employment and make smart financial decisions.

Health
Families will be educated and supported in preventing four prevailing health issues: obesity, substance abuse, bullying and intimate partner violence.

Crisis Intervention
Immediate Needs will be addressed when crisis situations occur in our region.