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March 29, 2014

Study finds community needs more, better paying jobs


The Community Needs Assessment was funded by grants from the Daviess County Community Foundation and the Indiana Association of United Ways. Local officials compiled the information. “We wanted to make sure this study touched all parts of this county,” said Sobecki. “In small communities we better understand poverty and its challenges. We know there are programs working every day for people struggling daily to have better lives.”

The 2004 Community Assessment report found that many people who needed help in Daviess County often did not know where to turn. It also found there were often overlapping and redundant services. That led to the creation of Connections, a stop place where people in trouble can turn for help. “We hope this assessment will produce something of an equivalent value to the community,” said Sobecki.

Currently the Needs Assessment report is in the process of being distributed and digested. “The United Way board is now looking at this and will use it to help determine a direction,” explained Sobecki. “This is one piece, another tool, in building a better community. Now we need to figure out how to move forward. Perhaps find a pathway for the working poor to move toward better lives.”

“We went out and got a food feel for what we, as a community, are needing,” added Davis. “Copies of this have been sent out to the mayor and a number of agencies. It quantifies many of our needs, and that will make it a good source as we seek grants to reach those goals. We’re also hoping the cities, towns, county and local agencies will use the information and consider ways to solve these problems.”

A limited number of the Community Needs Assessment reports have been published.

They are available through the United Way of Daviess County office. You can make a request by emailing or by calling the office at 812-254-1038.

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