AACF Sponsors Community Health Needs Assessment and a Pig Roast!

On May 9th, Athens Area Community Foundation sponsored Community Connection’s Pig Roast, a community event to survey residents’ health needs while also cultivating opportunities for neighborhood connection. Alps Road Elementary School was the perfect location for nearly 500 attendees to enjoy live music, children’s activities, and great food. For Delene, the May 9th Pig Roast was “a picture of what I believe Athens can become—a diverse and united community” with hundreds of people in attendance, young and old. Beyond data gathering, this event offered a space for residents to gather and share one another’s company.

AACF began working with Community Connection last year to develop a community-wide asset and needs assessment in order to benchmark the “health” of our community. The goal of the overall process is to build a longitudinal data set to measure how much the community’s interventions are moving the needle on issues related to education, civic engagement, and economic development in the coming years. Arming providers, consumers, and donors with street-level data on the strengths and deficits in our social service infrastructure will help us make more effective funding decisions. In 2014, AACF provided a grant to help purchase the new Community Platform software system, which aids Community Connection in their collection of geographic data. Delene Porter, AACF’s CEO collaborated with the survey team to develop the population questionnaire, conduct key informant interviews, and facilitate focus groups. Community Connection and AACF will be planning a “State of the Community” address to share findings with the community in 2016.

Community members enjoy music, food and good times at the May pig roast

Community members enjoy music, food and good times at the May pig roast

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