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United Way Completes Needs Assessment Of Oswego County

FULTON, NY – After months of planning and countless hours of research, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler announced that agency has completed the Needs Assessment of Oswego County.

Working in collaboration with a number of human service agencies and other organizations, the United Way has assembled a comprehensive assessment of the needs that exist in our county.

Members of the United Way’s Needs Assessment Committee meet to discuss the distribution of the recently completed document. From left are: executive director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathleen Fenlon; staff assistant, student affairs at SUNY Oswego and committee co-chair, Christy Huynh; assistant director for SUNY Oswego’s Center for Business & Community Development and committee co-chair, Jeff Grimshaw; and executive director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler.
Members of the United Way’s Needs Assessment Committee meet to discuss the distribution of the recently completed document. From left are: executive director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathleen Fenlon; staff assistant, student affairs at SUNY Oswego and committee co-chair, Christy Huynh; assistant director for SUNY Oswego’s Center for Business & Community Development and committee co-chair, Jeff Grimshaw; and executive director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler.

Data from dozens of sources, including; the opinions of stakeholders, community leaders, those who fund and deliver human services, agency consumers, concerned community members who attended focus groups; and the results from nearly 1,000 opinion surveys, was carefully scrutinized to compile a valuable resource that thoroughly assesses the human services needs of Oswego County.

“When we started this project our goal was to create a tool that would assist us in making sure that our funds were addressing the human services needs that exist in Oswego County. I’m happy to say that we have achieved that goal,” said Trexler.

The results of the assessment have been categorized into the following issue groups:

Economic Security, Physical and Emotional Health, Safety, Social Cohesion, Education.

Each of these issue groups is addressed individually and includes not only the information gathered not from opinion surveys and focus groups, but also statistical data that is pertinent to each issue.

There is also a summary of the results and a concise conclusion that explains what this data means and emphasizes the factors that need to be addressed in each issue group.

“I am proud of the efforts of our committee members and our collaborating partners who worked so diligently to compile this Needs Assessment. This broad overview of Oswego County will help us to prioritize our funding efforts. It will also prove to be a valuable tool to county agencies, not-for-profit agencies, and other human service related organizations as it will assist them in the improvement, planning and development of community services programs,” said Trexler.

Copies of the Needs Assessment were presented to members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Board of Directors at their February meeting.

Not for profit agencies and other organizations that would like to obtain a copy of the United Way’s Needs Assessment may do so by calling 593-1900.