United Way has long supported individual missions doing neccesary work across our communities. We now know that dollars to individual agency services are not enough to move the needle on the status of our communities' health, education or family economic sustainability.
To achieve the goal of a community where individuals thrive and to ensure the future vitality of our region, United Way must and will mobilize more members and sectors of our community to work collectively and focus on our success as a whole, measuring our progress toward a healthy community through the well-being of our children.
THE CHILD WELL-BEING MOVEMENT is about engaging and uniting people and resources across sectors to invest in strategies that drive lasting improvements in the well-being of children, the families that support them, and the communities that surround them.
Beginning with over 100 available measures, United Way, along with dozens of partners, developed a set of 14 measures that can be used as a tool to help the region. This data is bringing people together from across the community to advance a shared goal and drive transformative results for children and families. We are focused on ensuring every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and that our communities can confidently say, “All the children are well”.
Over the coming weeks, United Way will implement a community engagement strategy, hosting conversations with community stakeholders across sectors in Floyd County to identify what is most important to them and prioritize our work accordingly. While the indicators are the same, each community is unique in how and to what extent they face individual challeges. The priorities of the Lindale community will be different from those of the Armuchee community, which will be different from those of communities within the city of Rome.
Once our data and goals are aligned in each community, our interactive map will go live here on our site to serve as a valuable tool across our region and a standardized measure of where we need to focus and what we can achieve when we work together and Live United.