The 2018 United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County Community Needs Assessment (UWCCC) was completed in collaboration with Shippensburg University social work faculty and students during the 2017-2018 academic year. The last United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County Community Assessment was published in 2011. The assessment focuses on the UWCCC geographic catchment area which includes Carlisle, New Kingston, Mount Holly Springs, Boiling Springs, Plainfield and Newville. The community needs assessment included a community-wide survey, interviews with community leaders, focus groups with residents who access social services, and existing demographic and service use data was reviewed from the U.S. Census Bureau, program wait lists, and 211. 211 is a nationwide service that connects people to human services. The Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg created the 2011 survey and was modified slightly for use in this updated assessment.
This year-long project was made possible because of the considerable work of many individuals and the partnership between the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County (UWCCC) and Shippensburg University. Students from multiple social work classes contributed to the project. We are grateful for their time and hope that it was a beneficial learning experience. United Way partner agencies and community partners also contributed in many ways.
By conducting regular Community Needs Assessments, the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County is able to assure donors that their donation to the United Way is used to address the community’s most pressing needs.