Valley of the Sun United Way is in the final stages of the Community Dialogue process in the development of the Community Impact Agenda. As we have shared since the adoption of our strategic plan in June 2002, the development of the Community Impact Agenda includes:
Identifying our community’s top health and human service priorities,
Determining VSUW’s role in addressing those priorities, and
Partnering with other organizations in the community to develop plans to address those priorities.
Since late Summer 2003, Valley of the Sun United Way has conducted one-on-one interviews, focus groups, facilitated discussions, online surveys and small group discussions in order to solicit a broad-base of community input on identifying the top human care priorities for Maricopa County. In addition, President Paul J. Luna has conducted seven breakfast meetings with the leadership of our partner agencies to garner their feedback on the process as well as address any issues or concerns that they might have about Valley of the Sun United Way’s transformation to a community impact leader.
Currently, an online survey of our Community Investment volunteers—those individuals who carefully invest United Way contributions into local programs—is being conducted. A survey of our Active Community Investors, those individuals who contribute $500 or more annually to United Way, is scheduled for mid-March. Follow-up discussions and focus groups will be conducted during the month of March to test the messaging of the Community Impact Agenda and to solicit additional input from various key stakeholders in the community.
Valley of the Sun United Way, along with broad-based community input, has identified the following areas of priority for our community: Education—Providing and environment for life-long learning; Self-Sufficiency—Helping people achieve their full potential; and Safety-Net—Meeting basic needs in times of crisis. Stay tuned for further developments as we continue along the transformation to impact!