In 2010, United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) formed a Transition Committee to review the 2008-2009 Community Needs Assessment results. The Committee was charged with identifying unmet community needs and recommending initiatives that would 1) address the underlying cause(s) of problems in our community and 2) have the potential to produce long-term systemic changes that will benefit all who live here.
The Transition Committee started as a group of 12 in January 2010. By September 2010, over 60 people had participated in the regular meetings of the Education, Health and Income Working Groups. In fall 2010, the entire Transition Committee (all Working Groups) recommended four priority areas for future UWOLC work.
- Promote healthy lifestyles and eating habits to address obesity issues.
- Improve quality of life for both elderly and working individuals who care for them through adult day care.
- Establish an early childhood initiative (birth to 4) to enable all children in Lafayette County to have the opportunity to reach their potential.
Establish financial stability partnerships and programs to promote access to income, savings, and asset building.