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Community Conversations

In order to understand and better serve the needs of our community, United Way gathers groups of community members to hear their thoughts on where the community is and where we should be heading. We want to learn from their experiences, understand their concerns and offer them the opportunity to share their aspirations and desire for change.

Community Conversations Report Out

On May 2, 2019, United Way of Racine County presented its findings from a year of conversations with Julian Thomas staff members, parents, and community members to guide its work of transforming Julian Thomas into a LIFT community school

Read the report here: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

What are Community Conversations?

Inspired by the work of the Harwood Institute, the conversations consist of 90-minute, “kitchen table” style discussions where groups of no more than 12 participants share their opinions about the community. Groups are comprised of community members from various ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and experiences.

What will United Way do with the feedback?

  • United Way of Racine County uses the information to further engage the community, find new partners, develop strategies and mobilize resources.
  • The information shapes United Way’s strategic plan and the future direction of the organization.
  • United Way of Racine County shares the findings with the Racine community each year by publishing a report and hosting a community event in the summer.  

Join the conversation

We are currently scheduling Community Conversations for the 2019-20 season on the theme of corporate engagement. Conversations can be held on-site by request. If your business or community organization would be interested in hosting a conversation, please contact Julie Anderson at 262-456-6469 for more information.

2017-18 Community Conversations Report: Race, Equity and Inclusion

2016-17 Community Conversations Report

2015-16 Community Conversations Report