How did United Way's initiatives develop?
United Way organizations are in a unique position to bring people together to identify and resolve social problems within communities because of our relationships with the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Along with many other United Ways, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (UWGCV) is guided by a community impact model to reduce and/or eliminate social problems in the Chippewa Valley.
UWGCV developed three advisory councils--one each for education, income and health--which is comprised of community members and local professionals who volunteer to strategize and guide the work. By hosting community conversations and discussing issues with local service providers, UWGCV and its advisory councils determined which community issues were most highly prioritized within Eau Claire and Chippewa counties.
After years of research, outreach and work, three community action plans were developed:
- The Successful Children’s Network,
published in July of 2013
- The Financial Stability Partnership,
published in December of 2013
- The Community Health Initiative,
published in February of 2014
UWGCV informed the public and community agencies of the new plans and the the desired community outcomes they are striving to achieve. Agencies were invited to help in this work by collaborating together to develop or enhance community programs focused on achieving measurable results on the key issues identified. Community agencies submitted grant proposals to fund these programs through one of UWGCV’s three initiatives or under basic needs.
n early 2016, UWGCV also convened a basic needs advisory council to help explore ways to maximize program collaborations and effectiveness.
UWGCV is distributing funding throughout the 2015-2018 grant cycle to our current program partners who are aligned with these plans.