In 2003 United Way of the Greater Dayton Area completed an initial needs assessment overview. From the data in that report and the historical trends of the prior five years of funding based on seven outcome areas, community volunteers identified three Priority Areas for our local United Way for 2003 and beyond. This year, with the assistance of Wright State University Center for Urban and Public Affairs and other data-gathering partners, United Way published a more in-depth Community Assessment that identifies needs and begins to map local health and human service assets. The data in assessment shaped this Priorities Report, which will guide the 2005-2008 United Way funding cycle decisions. It will also provide a framework for the activities of the volunteer Priority Teams over the next three years.
The Priority Teams are comprised of a cross-section of volunteers representative of our community. In developing the priority recommendations, the volunteers sought to keep a regional perspective for relevance to Montgomery, Greene, and Preble Counties. They examined high needs and discussed the capacity for impact and appropriateness of United Way support. The priority recommendations are more focused than the initial three, but still intentionally broad as United Way continues to work with our stakeholders to define the core services for this community.
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