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UWKC council continues strategic vision work

Posted: August 1, 2013 6:58 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The United Way of Kershaw County’s (UWKC) Strategic Vision Council met Tuesday to continue discussion about improvements they would like to see in Kershaw County.

The four main areas under consideration were hunger and homelessness; financial stability; health; and education.

These areas make up UWKC’s Care Council which represents the UWKC’s main service areas.

A 10-year goal was established in 2008 by the UWKC to increase the county’s graduation rate to 95 percent, reduce the number of financially unstable working families by half, increase the number of healthy adults and children by 20 percent and to end hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Strategic Vision Council discussed solutions to accomplish the UWKC’s 10-year goal.

“Today we really want to focus on measurable solutions. We want to focus on in five years where we will be and how we would like to get there,” UWKC President Donny Supplee said.

During the round table discussion, members of the council bought up various issues that they would like researched such as identifying reasons why students in the county drop out of school and identifying which youth are at risk for obesity.

Council members also bought forward concerns about service accessibility to people throughout Kershaw County.

“Just because we have the service somewhere doesn’t mean that people have access to it … we have to have access,” said Supplee.

The council voted to include, but limit itself to, the following top solutions: increasing parent/family involvement in their children’s education; establishing a mobile medical clinic to service communities with low transportation; establishing county wide financial counseling; and increasing awareness of programs to help hunger and homelessness.

These suggestions, along with others, will be presented to UWKC’s Fund Distribution and Program Development.

Based on these suggestions, UWKC’s work groups (operations and governance, financial security, fund distribution, Marketing and Volunteers) will then develop plans to help accomplish the goals expressed.

In the upcoming month, the work groups will be meeting to develop an action plan for the upcoming year.

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