What do lower-income community members say about their experience of poverty in Skagit County? What are we doing well as a community in areas of access to food, healthcare, affordable housing, legal assistance, transportation, education, and financial stability? How do these issues especially impact seniors, families with children, and Spanish-speakers? Where are the gaps in services? What aspirations and vision for the future do our neighbors have? How can nonprofits, government, businesses, communities of faith and other community members collaborate to create change?
Join us for a sneak peek at the data gathered during the 2017 Low Income Needs Assessment, a survey of 650 low-income households led by Community Action of Skagit County, distributed by dozens of community partners and key volunteers, and analyzed by Applied Research Northwest, LLC. Participate in identifying key trends, recent progress and challenges that the data suggestions. Connect with others to collaborate on solutions through coalitions and initiatives. The insights you provide will round out the final version of the 2017 Skagit Prosperity Report, to be released this spring.
To see the results of the 2013 Prosperity Report with low-income needs assessment data, go to:
Special Feature: “Skagit Change-Maker Award,” Inspired by the Life of Terry Belcoe
Terry Belcoe’ s action-oriented, boundary-crossing and solution-focused community work inspired the Skagit Change-Maker Award. Terry joyfully served our community and many local organizations. Terry lived by a “do it now” motto, which resulted in tangible benefits to the people of Skagit County. In Terry’s memory, United Way of Skagit County, Leadership Skagit, Community Action of Skagit County, North Coast Credit Union, and the Skagit Population Health Trust have established this annual award for a worthy community member exemplifying “Change-Maker” traits.
The first-ever Skagit Change-maker Award will be awarded this year at the Needs Assessment Release event at the beginning of the second half of the program, to inspire our discussion of how we can work better together on common goals to address the needs of our community.
- Elizabeth Jennings, Community Engagement Manager, Community Action of Skagit County & Skagit Volunteer Center
- Bill Henkel, Executive Director, Community Action of Skagit County
- Pamela M. Jull Ph.D., President, Applied Research Northwest LLC
- Rachel Williams, M.A., Research Analyst, Applied Research Northwest LLC
- Debra Lancaster, Executive Director, United Way of Skagit County
- Kate Bennett, Director, Leadership Skagit
Audience: Open to all! Human services coalition partners, leaders in education and business, elected government officials and staff, and any community member impacted by poverty issues.
Sponsors: Thanks to our current report sponsors: Regence, United Way, Skagit Regional Health, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Mount Vernon. Sponsorship opportunities are available until April 30, 2018. Click here for levels and benefits.