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:

Goal

Outcome

Health: Increase access to healthy food for families in our community.

Families will experience greater food security.

Education: Develop opportunities for lifelong learning to increase skill-based development. 

Increase families’ access to education and workforce training programs. 

Education: Increase opportunities for positive youth development and literacy services. 

Youth will enroll in programs that develop positive behaviors and/or read proficiently at grade level.  

Financial Stability: Improve access to resources to alleviate short-term financial crisis in order to increase local families’ economic position.  

Increase financial assets for ALICE and low income individuals. 

Veterans: Program staff and volunteers will increase access to affordable housing and legal services for veterans and their families.  Increased accessibility to affordable housing and legal support options for veterans.