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Editorial: Helping to get 'unmet needs' met

7:57 PM, Apr. 8, 2013  |  Comments
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It's more than two months away, but it's never too soon to set some time aside on your calendar.

We're talking June 21 and the United Way's Day of Action.

That's the day the organization sets aside to implement special projects and initiatives.

Here, the Brown County United Way will be looking to address some of the unmet needs that have been identified through the group's 2-1-1 non-emergency help line.

The call center helps people learn about community services they might need as well as volunteer opportunities.

Callers can get information on resources for basic human needs, physical and mental health, employment, support for children, youth and families, and volunteer opportunities.

A website - www.referweb.net/bcuw/ - allows those in need to access that information online.

The United Way then tracks the calls and is able to provide a glimpse into the needs that are being met and those that aren't.

The latter allows the United Way to then address those issues.

That's exactly what the agency did on Friday, when it held a brainstorming session to look at how to meet some of those needs.

The United Way whittled its list to 17 areas to work on, including emergency shelter, rent payment, utility and other financial assistance, food pantries, legal, dental, mental and visual services, family support, education, transportation, home repairs, personal and home care products, baby supplies, vehicle repair and purchase assistance and insurance.

From the ideas generated at Friday's session, the United Way hopes to put together some projects that can be tackled, or started, on the Day of Action.

The United Way and the groups and officials who brainstormed are to be commended. The Brown County United Way, in particular, continues to make good on its mission to improve the quality of life for everyone and to put those in need in touch with those who can help.

These types of organizations are very much needed as there is less government money and resources to help with the care of the needy or those in crisis.

Gathering groups and individuals to talk about these needs and then setting a date to implement some of those ideas isn't an easy task. It goes beyond just admitting there's a problem and it starts to address the problem.

So if you're interested in helping your community, mark June 21 on your calendar and set it aside. You'll be helping your community, your neighbors and yourself.

On the Web

? Brown County United Way 2-1-1: www.browncountyunitedway.org/211/browncounty.html

? United Way Day of Action: www.unitedway.org/take-action/united-way-day-of-action

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