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Aug 28, 2019 | Blog


“Do what we do best and partner for the rest”

Yesterday, United Way of Broome County was fortunate to host the Boost Broome event, to share what was heard and what learned during our Community Café Series. The Community Café Series was a collaborative effort to engage the community at the grass-roots level, in order to gain a better understanding of the shared aspirations for the future, define the challenges that hold residents back today, and identify opportunities to make positive changes. The kitchen-styled conversations included more than 300 Broome County residents from all different demographics that provided a rich source of qualitative data. This significant data was then shared by our very own Community Initiatives Associate, Alexis Savidge, and included everything from why and how we conducted the conversations, to the results heard from the participates themselves.

These topics and questions opened up the dialogue and gave participants a starting point to speak about the challenges, aspirations, and solutions they envision for Broome County. Safety, transportation, housing, employment opportunities, and childcare were just some of the major themes that arose at conversations across the county, both in rural and urban conversation locations. Through this process, we were able to collect vital data that we are using propel us forward into innovative ideas, bringing the most value to those in need.


Change Starts Here


The Community Café Series paved the way for United Way of Broome County’s revitalized three year Community Commitment to Broome County, presented by Executive Director, Jacqueline Gerchman.

Our mission is to drive change that will have a positive impact on the critical needs of our community by strategically leveraging the collective resources of community partners. United Way has found that by leveraging collective resources, we will have a greater impact on the community as a whole. Our Community Commitment is geared to achieving lasting, measurable outcomes in the areas of health, education, and financial stability; the building blocks to a quality life. To deliver significant impact in our community, we are focusing on three organizational priorities:

Revitalize Collaboration
Inspire Giving
Unifying Efforts and Resources


Each of these priorities allow us to build a stronger community by working together, grow our support so we can grow our impact, and be purposeful about long-term change. As we continue to work together, we can all help build a stronger, more vibrant Broome County.



Click to download our  Community Commitment Plan 2019-2020 booklet that details the Community Café Series findings and our next steps.
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