EnAct completes community needs assessment

Posted: May 22, 2018 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail Metro Kanawha

Serving low-income families in Kanawha, Putnam, Fayette, Clay and Boone counties, EnAct Community Action has completed its three-year Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment, the agency announced recently.

The Community Needs Assessment is collected to develop a comprehensive report of key findings about local community conditions to be used by EnAct Community Action and its partners for planning, education and outreach, and resource leveraging and mobilization efforts.

In Kanawha, Putnam and Fayette counties, the Community Needs Assessment oversaw public meetings in mid-April in Chesapeake, Gauley Bridge and Buffalo.

The objectives of this project were to:

  • Conduct a local assessment of needs by compiling county-level data.
  • Collect and analyze primary data by gathering community feedback through surveys and community discussions.
  • Collect and analyze secondary data by researching national, state, and local data sources.
  • Utilize data collected in EnAct’s customer outcome tracking system.
  • Facilitate a planning and analysis process with community partners that identifies priority needs in each county served by EnAct.

The process to develop the Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment involved community meetings, surveys completed by program participants and a separate survey completed by service providers. In addition, basic research data, demographics and other data on the five-county EnAct service area are included in the report.

“I think the communities will be pleased with the report and should find it extremely helpful in their planning processes” EnAct CEO Brent Pauley said in a media release. “This has been a thorough, three-month project, and we attempted to get input from every stakeholder possible.”

The Community Needs Assessment is available at no charge to any individual, community organization or business to assist them in providing needed services to the low-income individuals and families in the five-county service area.

As well as individual county reports, a complete copy of the final report may be found under the “Resources” tab on EnAct’s website at www.EnActWV.org

To obtain an electronic copy of the report, contact Kesha Walton at 304-414-4475.

EnAct Community Action specializes in education assistance, employment assistance, nutrition and other areas that affect low- income individuals and families.

For more information on EnAct Community Action, call 304-414-4475, or visit your nearest EnAct Community Action office. Locations may be found online at www.EnActWV.org.

Locally, the telephone contact numbers are: Charleston Service Office, 304-414-4475; Chesapeake Service Office, 304-949-6077; Clendenin Service Office, 304-548-5392; Hurricane Service Office, 304-562-6037 and Montgomery Service Office, 304-442-2018.

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