2017 Community Needs Assessment
United Way of Lebanon County is pleased to present the 2017 Community Needs Assessment report. We first would like to thank our United Way Building Block Sponsors who together underwrite a significant portion of our administrative costs, the more than 1,700 community residents that participated in the survey, the organizations that distributed surveys to clients and those seeking services, the individuals who participated in focus groups, the members of the advisory group, and Penn State Harrisburg. Your collective support made this project possible.
Every day in Lebanon County, we see development and growth. This includes new housing construction, road and infrastructure improvements, national employers relocating to the area, a general reduction in crime, and many other positive trends. However, significant needs persist. Nearly 45% of children live below 200% of the poverty line. Of our 3 & 4 year olds, 64% don’t have access to high quality pre-kindergarten services – a direct indicator of school success. Our county also has a higher share of non high school graduates than the state average.
With this report, United Way sought out to identify these and other indicators relevant to the health and well-being of our community’s most valuable strength, its people. Our goal is to provide the community with up-to-date, accurate collection of data reflecting both the needs in our county and the barriers faced by members in our community in accessing services.
It must be noted that the indicators and experiences reported are not mutually exclusive of one another but rather interrelated and interconnected. Our vision is for this report to be utilized as a tool to align resources, programs, and support; prioritize strategies; and increase functional unity with public, private, and government leaders and institutions. A collaborative approach is required to address the complex root causes leading to the intergenerational issues persistent in our county.
United Way works for you, for those that came before us, and for those that will follow. We strive to increase education, financial stability, and health for all. Thank you for joining us in this important work to improve the lives of individuals and families in our community.
Kenny Montijo, Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Lebanon County