We’re Setting Bold Goals

Kara PorterHow do you envision Greater Cleveland in five years?  Is the community more vibrant?  More connected?  Are all of the people who live here thriving?  Is it known as a great place to live, work and raise a family?

Here at United Way of Greater Cleveland, we are mobilizing our community to make those things happen.  And we will not rest until we have a  healthy community where every child succeeds in school and every individual and family is financially stable.  As the saying goes, you achieve what you can measure, so we’ve set some measureable goals for our work.

Some of United Way of Greater Cleveland’s goals include:

  • 80 percent of youth will read at grade level by 2020 as measured by the Ohio Achievement Assessment
  • Increase by 20 percent the number of individuals participating in financial coaching/education programs in conjunction with Free Tax Preparation by 2016
  • 90 percent of individuals will have the skills to recognize and address trauma and make healthy choices by 2020 as measured by County Health Rankings

Simply doing good is no longer good enough.  The collective impact model tells us that if we want to get to the root cause of problems, to create real change on a community level, we must do more – together.  This kind of work is not easy and it does not happen overnight; 2020 is the year by which we are hoping to achieve many of our goals.  In the meantime there are short-term benchmarks and milestones we look forward to sharing with you along our path to community transformation.

Pro-athlete Bo Jackson said, “Set your goals high and don’t stop ‘til you get there.”  We hope you will join us to do just that.  If you believe in some of these bold goals, talk to your friends about them.  Get involved as a volunteer.  Give what you can.  Envision the best Greater Cleveland you can and be a part of creating it!

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