United Way of the Wabash Valley launches new event series to connect with the people they serve

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The United Way of the Wabash Valley is working to connect with community members through its new townhall series called Virtual Valley Connection that aims to build a two-way relationship between the organization and the people it serves.

These conversations, according to a news release, will allow the public to provide information about community issues to United Way and also learn more about the work of the organization. Each conversation will have a theme that relates to United Way’s focus areas.

These talks will take place virtually through Zoom, with the option to be viewed live on Facebook. The series will kick off on Oct. 21 and continue every three to four weeks at noon on Thursdays.

The themes of the series will include:
• Struggling Working Families – Poverty and ALICE in the Wabash Valley
• Success By 6 – Early Childhood Education
• Community – Building Strong Neighborhoods
• Youth Success – Supporting Children Through School
• Substance Use Disorder – Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in the Wabash Valley
• Financial Stability – Building Blocks for Family Stability
• Safety Net – Providing Basic Needs

Each conversation will begin with a short community update on United Way’s work and will be followed
by open forum discussion. This is a chance for community members to provide feedback for existing
work of the United Way, as well as discuss areas of concern they see in the community.

To help foster discussion, United Way will also prompt the audience with a few questions. With the Stronger UNITED Strategic Plan, United Way has changed its approach over the past several years, and seeks to continue to conduct these conversations outside of the boardroom, and listen to the lives of those impacted by the critical social issues they are trying to address.

“Working with and for our community is the most important way to create lasting solutions to our greatest challenges,” Richard Payonk, Executive Director of United Way of the Wabash Valley, explained. “We want to hear feedback to understand what we’re doing right, and what things maybe aren’t working and how we can adjust them so they will work. When you sit down to listen to people’s everyday lives, you gain a greater understanding which helps create lasting impact, not just short-term solutions.”

To learn more about upcoming events, check out United Way of the Wabash Valley on Facebook.

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