UNITED WAY LAUNCHES BROWN COUNTY COMMUNITY RESOURCE COLLABORATIVE
UWGC’s Eastern Area recently formed the Brown County Community Resource Collaborative. Its mission: harness community resources to provide targeted outreach to areas of the community that exhibit an inordinate amount of need.
“Bringing people together and sharing resources always leads to more innovative thinking,” said Marcie Langendorfer, UWGC’s Eastern Area manager.
In the past month, the group has grown to include more than 30 community leaders, organizations, and agencies. Members are working to develop outreach efforts that will achieve maximum impact in three categories: homelessness and housing; food and basic needs; and physical and mental health.
Such work is critical in Brown County, a rural community with limited resources. Many residents have limited access to transportation, grocery stores and childcare. In the early stages of the pandemic, Brown County saw more than a 100% increase in people using food pantry and food delivery services of Adams Brown Community Action Partnership (ABCAP).
The Brown County Community Resource Collaborative is working with the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance to meet the needs of families and individuals in both counties. The Clermont alliance is a collaboration of social service agencies and other organizations committed to providing effective and efficient emergency assistance to residents in need.
CLERMONT IMAGINATION LIBRARY NEARS 5,000 SIGN-UPS
Eight months after United Way and the Clermont County Public Library teamed up to launch the Clermont County Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, the program has put age-appropriate books in the hands of 4,629 children up to age 5. When the program began last summer, the goal was to provide 2,400 children with books before the 2021-21 school year began.
The program is an extension of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which started in 1995. It recognizes that parents and caregivers are children’s first teachers. And it not only promotes early literacy and kindergarten readiness, it also encourages parent-child interaction.
Parents who register their preschool children for the program receive a free book delivered to their home every month. For more information or to sign up, visit https://clermontlibrary.org/imagination-library/.