Wayne CAP to Conduct a Community-Wide Needs Assessment

For Wayne and surrounding counties

Lyons, NY, April 6, 2018:  Overall, residents of Wayne County communities who are in need have access to a solid network of professionals who can get individuals and families connected to the resources they need.

But making sure residents – especially low-income, challenged and elderly residents – continue to be able to take advantage of “a hand-up, not a hand-out” is a central concern raised in Wayne CAP’s upcoming community needs assessment.

This comprehensive assessment, is required of every community action agency, by the NYS Dept. of State.  Completed every three years, it seeks to find and address the foremost educational, health and social concerns in Wayne County and the surrounding area served by the agency.  We know that our communities currently enjoy a strong service network – however we also know that local needs are constantly changing.  Services must change with them in order to remain relevant and effective.

In order to ensure that we include as many local voices as possible, during the months of April and May, Wayne CAP will be conducting:

  • Focus Groups among several community and socio-economic groups;
  • Community Leader Surveys;
  • A Citizen Survey (for the public at-large, conducted through Survey Monkey via e-mail;)
  • A compilation of local data collections from local service communities; and
  • A comprehensive portrayal of available local census data.

“In order for this Community Needs Assessment to be a useful tool for service change and creation, we residents of the Wayne County area will have to work together,” said Donna Robbins, who will be coordinating this effort for 2018, “this isn’t something the agency can do alone.”

“The three-year needs assessment is projected to last throughout the year, as it involves several phases, and will be widely available to the community,” said Robbins.

The last assessment was carried out in 2015, and the same procedure was utilized to create that document.  It was used by the agency and many other groups to plan and write grants – bringing millions of dollars into the area over the last three years.

Wayne CAP CEO, Janelle Cooper added that the community must be willing to give their ideas and opinions (anonymously) to ensure that the Assessment – and the subsequent planning – is tailored as closely as possible to the needs of OUR area.

“This is an awesome opportunity to be heard!” said Cooper.  She encourages everyone to complete a survey or participate in a focus group, if at all possible, during April and May of this year.

Cooper is enthusiastic about the project. “We need to continually do a better and better job of providing the resources residents need to support happy, healthy, productive lives in Wayne County.”

Donna Robbins may be contacted at 1-315-665-0131×110 or donna.robbins@waynecap.org

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