Participants sought for community feedback

United Way of Hancock County is scheduling groups to participate in “community conversations” as a part of its community assessment process. The information gathered at the community conversations will be used to determine the future scope of United Way of Hancock County’ work.
“It is important for United Way of Hancock County to understand the issues facing our community,” said John Urbanski, United Way’s president and CEO. “In order to achieve this goal we have been conducting community conversations throughout the Hancock County area. By gathering small groups of people who represent various factions of the community, we facilitate conversations that allow individuals to share their thoughts on where the community is and where it should be going.”
The conversations follow a “kitchen table” style, meaning they are informal and encourage openness to all opinions. Participants are welcome to offer their personal experiences and concerns, covering both the challenges they face and the aspirations they hold.
Community conversations will be led by community members and accompanied by note takers. United Way staff may also be in attendance, however their role is only to observe and gather information.
Conversations can be held at a location chosen by the group. United Way meeting rooms are also available. Meetings should include a space for 10″”12 people to gather and face each other. The conversations last approximately 90 minutes, and can be scheduled according to the group’s availability.
Community groups interested in scheduling a conversation are asked to contact Beverly Phillips, United Way’s community services director, at or call 419-423-1432.



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