United Way of Leavenworth County focuses on three areas of impact to residents of Leavenworth county - Health, Education and Income Stability.
Recently the United Way board voted on a priority of effort, which is behavioral health and addiction intervention. This issue affects all our areas of impact. Sadly, our society has broken down to the point where behavioral health and addiction intervention is a crisis. We see it on the streets, in our schools, and the homeless shelter, in the food shelters, in the workplace and just about everywhere we look.
A number of agencies in our county already deal with the effects of this crisis to include the Guidance Center, the Interfaith Community of Hope, first responders and almost every organization in our social network. The fact is, we simply do not have enough resources dedicated to deal with the increasing incidence of mental health and addiction in our community. The United Way advocates for and allocates a priority of our funds towards tackling this crisis in our community. This will have a positive effect on our community.
In addition to moving to a more philanthropic model, United Way of Leavenworth County will work with our community service organizations and advocate for greater sharing of resources, increasing complementary efforts and information sharing, and possibly having key activities needed by all agencies at the United Way, such as grant writing.