Household surveys meant to measure health and human service needs in Harvey County were mailed last week by United Way of the Plains.


Household surveys meant to measure health and human service needs in Harvey County were mailed last week by United Way of the Plains.
The survey, called a Community Needs Assessment, is undertaken about every three years by United Way. 
“Needs assessments are essential to the work all non-profits are doing in Harvey County,” said Lindsay Frasier, executive director of Harvey County United Way. “In order to serve our constituents to the best of our ability, we need to know what areas are the most pressing, and this assessment will help us determine where time and funding needs to go.”
The survey is a chance for participants to rate social services and to take a look at the level of health and income needs in their households and neighborhoods and rate the priorities.
The assessment helps United Way to identify unmet needs in the community, provide needed information to volunteers and government agencies, and ensure the most urgently needed programs are funded.
“At United Way, we value the fact that each dollar given by a donor is hard-earned money, and we have a responsibility to make sure those dollars are well spent,” said Patrick J. Hanrahan, president of United Way of the Plains. “We are pleased to partner with United Way of Harvey County as together we explore the needs of our communities. This needs assessment sets United Way apart as a charity concerned foremost with community priorities.”
United Way mailed 8,000 surveys to randomly selected households in Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties. The deadline for returning the survey is June 4.