• Community Action Council launches survey to gauge social service needs in the region

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    The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council today launched a survey to gauge what kind of social and community services are needed by residents.

    Survey respondents are being asked to identify barriers they and/or family members encounter in accessing services in the two-county area; ways to eliminate those barriers; the challenges the community faces in providing services; and the community resources they consider to be the highest priority.

    The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CDcommunity (in English) and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CDCACEncuesta (in Spanish).

    The survey is one of several tools being used by the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council to gather information for the needs assessment, which is required by federal law every three years. In January and February, six focus groups around the topics of health, education, social services, public services, and the private sector were held. And in February, more than a dozen stakeholders were interviewed. The Community Action Council also is utilizing information from roughly 20 statistical indicators. The effort is being overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives of other social service and government
    agencies in the two-county area.

    “The survey results, as well as information we have collected through focus groups, interviews and statistics, will help us plan for and put into place services that will meet the needs of our growing region,” said Alan Walker, Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council executive director. “We want the entire community
    involved in this process.”

    The Community Action Council will hold a community forum at 5:30 p.m. April 9 at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave., to unveil the survey findings and to collect additional feedback. Food and child care will be provided at the event.

    A final report will be released to the public in May. Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes
    America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. 

    The Community Action Council services include food, housing, weatherization, asset building, adult literacy, energy assistance, AmeriCorps, RSVP and other community support services in the region.

    For more on the Community Action Council, please visit http://www.cdcac.org.
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