Strategic Planning: United Way staff hears from Tunica County representatives during Community Conversations

Human health agency representatives in Tunica County met with United Way staff to discuss how the organization can helo them reach even more people who need help.

Health and human service nonprofit representatives in Tunica County met with United Way staff to discuss goals and aspirations for improving life in the county.

United Way of the Mid-South staff met with network partner agency representatives in Tunica County, MS recently for a Community Conversation, listening to feedback about thoughts and aspirations for improving life for people in Tunica.

As part of United Way’s strategic plan endeavor in 2013, staff and volunteers are meeting with representatives from various sectors for feedback on what matters most to people in the Mid-South. These feedback sessions are called Community Conversations, and help inform our strategies for improving United Way so it can best serve our region.

Representatives from the Tunica Chamber of Commerce, Tunica Literacy Council, Tunica County United Methodist Church, Sacred Heart Southern Missions, Sam’s Town Casino, Caesars Entertainment and Tunica Parks & Recreation discussed what type of community they want for their families and shared their goals for the future.

Community ConversationsParticipants expressed concerns about job decline, marketing of community assets, high pregnancy rates for teenagers, more alignment with proper education leading to jobs and student populations that often live below the poverty level.

The group expressed optimism for more training in technology. The group also expressed a desire for better healthcare, housing and strong strategies to help residents better understand local opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming United Way Community Conversation, there are “at large” meetings planned for Thursday, May 30, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Friday, June 21, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please contact Letitia Robertson, United Way’s Sr. Associate, (Education) Community Impact at letitia.robertson@uwmidsouth.org or call 901.433.4314 to make a reservation.

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