Community Needs Assessment
A major function of United Way’s role in advancing the common good in the River Region is assessing and identifying the community's greatest needs.
The Community Needs Assessment is the process used to identify the most pressing needs in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties. This assessment gives us a valid "snapshot" of what the community needs most and identifies gaps in existing programs and services. These results help identify emerging priorities that demand attention.
The River Region United Way partnered with the Auburn Montgomery Center for Demographic Research and consulted with private demographic research contractors, specialists with the United States Census Bureau, the Montgomery Education Foundation, the Alabama Department of Public Health, Baptist Health, Community Action Agencies, DHRs, 2-1-1 and many other experts to develop a process of gathering information about the current needs of the five-county River Region.
The assessment included surveys and focus groups, conducted from October 2012 through March 2013. Surveys were conducted electronically and via hard copy throughout the community. Focus groups were held in all five counties. This process allowed us to capture both quantitative and qualitative information, representing ethnically and culturally diverse demographic backgrounds.
We are pleased to share with the community the results of our Community Needs Assessment. See below for an executive summary of the report.
Click here to download a PDF of this executive summary