United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County Community Assessment
United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, in partnership with Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership (EICAP), Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH), and VOICE Advocacy, is preparing an Eastern Idaho Community Needs Assessment. This assessment will help provide a foundation for our organization with an understanding of what challenges face each of the seven counties within our service region. The largest, and most vital, component of this assessment process are the Community Conversations that will be held in each county. These conversations are kitchen-table style conversations that will focus on issues effecting the health, education, and financial stability of the individuals in each local community.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION?
A Community Conversation is the process through which United Way turns to the community it serves, seeking their insight, knowledge, and input with regard to challenges facing the community we live in. We think there’s no one better equipped with the knowledge and insight about their community’s needs than those that live there. These are typically larger scale, kitchen table style conversations with community members ranging from your neighbor, your co-worker, and your friends, to local community leaders. We think that getting to hear the perspective of more than just experts on critical community issues helps us to identify the root of the struggles, challenges, and obstacles that members in our communities are fighting to overcome.
WHY DO YOU NEED MY INPUT?
With the input we receive, and the data we collect, United Way, EICAP, EIPH, and VOICE Advocacy will compile an Eastern Idaho Community Needs Assessment. Based off that assessment, the United Way Board of Directors will decide on a strategic direction with funding priorities for United Way and its grant funds collected through fundraising efforts. We want to know that we are doing the best thing we can with each dollar we raise to help build a stronger community. Additionally, EICAP and EIPH will use the findings detailed in this assessment to evaluate their current services and programs throughout their respective service areas.
WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT?
United Way strongly believes that we, as a collective community, all become stronger when we help those that need it most. Everyone deserves the opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. These building blocks of health, education, and financial stability are the foundation needed for a good life.
Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connect- ed and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy.
WHAT DOES UNITED WAY DO?
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
We fight to improve people’s health through preventative actions and access to care - from expanding availability of healthy foods and quality healthcare to providing assistance to vulnerable populations.
We fight for children, youth, and adults to achieve their full potential by preparing them with the knowledge and skills they will need to be en- gaged and to ultimately build an educated workforce and stable community.
We fight for local families and individuals providing knowledge and support to better manage finances, teaching skills to obtain and keep jobs, and advocating for safe and affordable housing.
WHO IS INVITED?
We want to hear from all types of people, with all types of backgrounds, that either live in the local community or work in some sort of service capacity with a direct tie to that local community. We want to hear from:
- Local residents
- Governmental Agencies and Departments
- Religious organizations and leaders
- Elected officials
- Members of local Chambers of Commerce and other similar civic organizations
- School boards, administrators, teachers, and parents of students
- Financial instituions
- Public health workers
- Transportation providers, and those that utilize it
- Nonprofit representatives and other local resource providers
Click on the date you'd like to attend and submit an RSVP for that evening. Your participation, insight, and support are part of what makes Easter Idaho such a great place to live.
DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS:
INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING? PLEASE RSVP AND WE'LL SAVE YOU A SEAT!
If you are interested in attending one of the above listed Community Conversations, please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. This can be done by using the RSVP links above, by phone at (208) 522-2674, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UNABLE TO ATTEND? PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE COMMUNTIY CONVERSATION:
We understand life gets busy and schedules can be demanding. If you have interest in participating but are unable to attend a Community Conversation in your area, please consider completing an Online Community Conversation. The data collected will be used in supplement to the findings from the conversations, and will be included in the Community Needs Assessment.