United Way of Salt Lake announces new neighborhood partnershipsApril 18, 2011
Author: Jerilyn Stowe
For Immediate Release
April 18, 2011
United Way of Salt Lake Announces New Neighborhood Partnerships
Collaborative approach to community problem solving promises long-term results
SALT LAKE CITY –Introducing a new model of collaboration the organization calls “community impact,” United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) announced that it will focus its work in eight neighborhoods and communities, to achieve specific community goals established in the areas of education, income and health.
UWSL, which has been piloting this new model for the past four years, will coordinate programs and services through the implementation of 20 centrally located neighborhood centers, or hubs, located at Community Learning Centers, Welcome Centers and Prosperity Centers.
“This new approach to community problem-solving has the potential to change the odds for thousands of kids in Central City, Clearfield, Kearns, Glendale, Park City, South Salt Lake and in all the other communities where we’ll be working,” said Tom Love, Chair of United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors. “By uniting these essential programs for a good quality of life—education, income and health—we are taking action that makes a real difference today, while creating long-term routes to measureable success.”
Hundreds of volunteers, thousands of community stakeholders, service providers and clients, and the general public have been part of a dialogue with UWSL for the past two years to develop a shared vision and goals for the community. Partners have committed to a joint approach to problem solving and will work with United Way and each other in a specific community or neighborhood to achieve the following:
- Create a strong foundation of early learning from birth to age 8
- Help people gain the income and financial tools to thrive
- Improve children’s health and promote healthy behaviors
United Way of Salt Lake envisions a community where all children receive a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow, where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends and more productive lives begin, and where everyone receives proper health care that improves their quality of life,” said Deborah Bayle, President and CEO. “By collaborating across sectors with multiple partners, clear goals, and a shared vision for change, we are confident the partnerships we have developed will create lasting changes that will positively impact lives today and for the next several generations.”
United Way neighborhood centers are centrally located and easily accessible to create a web of support for the entire family. At these centers, children and their parents can easily access programs and services to promote learning and development, gain resources to become financially self-reliant, and meet health care needs through preventative care and the promotion of healthy behaviors. At neighborhood centers, also known as Community Learning Centers, Prosperity Centers, and Welcome Centers, multiple partnerships across community sectors are aligned and key services are integrated. All three Centers are similar, but each has a specific focus:
- Community Learning Centers--Integrated into a school, Community Learning Centers connect school curriculum with programs and services that promote children's development and learning.
- Prosperity Centers--Neighborhood resource centers that link individuals and families to economic support systems and programs that promote long-term self-sufficiency.
- Welcome Centers--Centrally located, Welcome Centers provide a convenient location for immigrants and refugees to gain access to services and be included and involved in the community.
United Way is developing partnerships in the following communities or neighborhood locations:
In Davis County, United Way has been partnering with the Davis School District and several service providers to develop a Community Learning Center at Wasatch Elementary School for the past four years. This existing Community Learning Center will be expanded with new programs and partners.
Salt Lake City--Central City
United Way is collaborating with Guadalupe Schools, a current COmmunity Learning Center. United Way of Salt Lake will work closely with Guadalupe to expand strong early learning opportunities and other education, income, and health goals.
Salt Lake City--Glendale
In Glendale, United Way will continue its partnership with Salt Lake City School District and the COmmunity Learning Center at MOuntain View Elementary. A new Community Learning Center will be developed at the adjacent Glendale Middle School to ensure that the contimuum of services is extended to 8th grade.
Summit County--Park City
In Park City, United Way is working with HOly Cross MInistries and th eParck City School District to develop a new Welcome Center and expand partnerships within the district to create three Community Learning Centers at McPolin, Parley's Park, and Jeremy Ranch Elementary Schools.
South Salt Lake
In South Salt Lake, United way is connecting partners to create collaboration between the city of South Salt Lake, Granite School District and several nonprofit organizations. Programs and services will be integrated at the Hser Ner Moo Welcome Center, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, the Police Athletic League (PAL)--Pete Suazo Prosperity Center and Villa Franche Welcome Center.
West Valley City
In West Valley City, partners will include Salt Lake Community Action Partnership and more than a dozen additional nonprofit partners. Services will be provided to children and families that reside in five mobile home park communities and will be integrated at the Mobile Home Prosperity Center.
Boy and Girls Club of South Valley and Salt Lake County Youth Services will partner with United Way of Salt Lake to maintain a current Community Learning Center at Kearns Jr. High and to develop a Community Learning Center at Oquirrh Hills Elementary School.
Immigrant and Refugee Welcome Centers
A new collaboration immigrant and refugee strategy is being developed in partnership with the Utah Refugee Services Office and key refugee providers. United Way will continue to partner with the current Welcome Center at Horizonte and work to develop an additional Welcome Center.