Community Needs Assessment released by United Way of Lake County

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February 10, 2015 - Mentor, OH - Results of a community needs assessment conducted by United Way of Lake County will be released to the public through the organization's website on Tuesday, February 10. 

Leaders of the organization will present the findings to local partner agencies in a meeting at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The community needs assessment is the first step in strategic planning for United Way of Lake County, which will review the results including empirical data and survey responses. The primary needs in the community have been identified as:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Poverty
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Aging Services

A task force of community leaders, United Way board members and staff has assembled to review the data and identify the best course of action to address the issues in the future. United Way of Lake County is working to become a community collaborator and top resource for emerging needs in the county.

Dave Wiles, of CT Consultants, is a United Way of Lake County Board Member and chair of the Community Needs Assessment Strategic Planning Committee, he states, "The purpose of the needs assessment was to provide our board of directors with a current assessment of needs in the county. With these results, we are able to identify critical unmet needs as well as the strengths in health and human services. This allows us to plan for the future of United Way, utilizing community and collective impact to serve the residents of Lake County."

Research was conducted over the last year by Artower Advisory Services, a management consulting firm based in Willoughby, Ohio, in collaboration with a volunteer group of Lake County residents.

United Way of Lake County Community Impact Director, Don Joss states, "The information collected throughout the needs assessment provides our staff, board and volunteers with the tools to make thoughtful, effective, and impactful decisions as we move forward in developing a strategic plan. United Way of Lake County's mission to measurably impact the lives of people living in Lake County remains our focus, making us a top resource and community collaborator."

To review the data visit