United Way reviewing needs survey for county

The Committee for Huntington County Working Families – an advocacy group of United Way of Huntington County formerly known as the A.L.I.C.E. Work Group – created a community-needs survey this past spring as a way to hear from members of the community about what needs or desires are not currently being met within Huntington County.

It is the goal of United Way of Huntington County to have this type of community input to improve Huntington County in the way community members deem important.

The survey received over 100 responses from working families and individuals within Huntington County. It included four questions:

• What goals, dreams, or aspirations do you have for you/your family?

• What are the biggest things in the way of you/your family reaching your goals?

• What do you think the Huntington County community can do to help you get there in 2-3 years?

• What resources, groups and programs have been helpful for you/your family in the past? The summary of the survey showed that the top three issues/concerns that the Huntington County community is facing are:

1. Money: Families are wanting more income, better/higher paying jobs in Huntington. They want help with saving money and budgeting. And they want to work on paying off debt such as student loans.

2. Housing: Families are wanting to own their own home. They want more mortgage options such as mortgages that work with student loan debt as well as help with the home buying process.

3. Health: Families want to be physically and mentally healthy. They want more health clinics, maybe even free health clinics. They want to see smoking and drugs decrease in the community.

There will be a brainstorming/dreaming session for different initiatives and programs to help address the issues within the survey results. The session will be held on Friday, July 27, at 9 a.m. at the Huntington County Community Learning Center and is open to the public.

For anyone interested, a full summary report of the survey is available. Contact the United Way office at 356-6160 to get a digital or hard copy version. For anyone seeking help or resources within Huntington County, call 211 to reach United Way’s directory of community resources.