United Way of Greater Rochester has developed a focused plan for the Community Fund—called the Blueprint for Change. The Blueprint outlines United Way's funding priorities; Meeting Basic Needs, Giving Babies the Best Start, Preparing Kids for Success and Supporting Seniors & Caregivers.
The process of developing these Blueprints began with a community needs survey, asking the community what mattered most and on what the United Way should focus. The results were clear: help children succeed, keep our community safe, help older adults to stay strong and active in the community for as long as possible and to assist those who care for them.
Once the issues were identified, a plan was developed. The process was rigorous, but also inclusive and transparent. Hundreds of professional human service providers and topic experts worked with us to develop the Blueprint. There is a commitment to ensure that the voices of those served are part of the process. The focus is on preventive, direct-service programs that are proven to work and evidence based. In place, is an evaluation plan ensuring that the strategies selected are working to make a difference.