The United Way of Eastern Maine recently released a report of findings from the first phase of a three-part community assessment and engagement process.
United Way of Eastern Maine's (UWEM) Community Mapping Process is guided by a deep belief that collective efforts aligned around clear goals and aspirations, informed by community voices and shared stakeholder accountability, create the most effective change.
As part of Phase 1, researchers examined UWEM's five county service area (Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Waldo Counties) and:
- Summarized common themes from over 20 needs assessments completed in the area over the past five years.
- Profiled nearly 20 Maine-based foundations supporting services.
- Interviewed stakeholders to help prioritize community needs, barriers and opportunities.
- Identified the top issues facing the community.