Poll results show support for United Way of Southeast Mo. | Community Spirit
(KFVS) - Recent poll results show residents are aware and stand behind the United Way of Southeast Missouri's efforts.
Recently a poll was conducted on behalf of the United Way of Southeast Missouri by the American Directions Group. Based on the results, nearly 70 percent of residents in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City service areas are familiar with United Way, and 96 percent agree the areas of education, income and health are the most important to the community, with 35 percent agreeing education is the top priority. The poll showed close to 90 percent of people surveyed agree that ensuring children are cared for after school, are kindergarten-ready and high school students are prepared for the "next step," is a top priority.
"This poll reflects the most important issues in our community and it's very reassuring to know the public agrees and is supportive of the work United Way is doing," said Stan Penn, president of the board of directors. "United Way is making a real, lasting, positive difference with their focus on providing quality education for everyone."
Since 2008, the United Way of Southeast Missouri has emphasized a three-focus vision. The Community Agenda focuses on education, income and health, the building blocks for a good quality of life. Since then, funding allocations have gone to support local organizations and programs that support these efforts with quality outcomes. They say additional programs have also been created to meet the needs of the community, such as Read to Succeed and the LIFE Initiative.
According to the United Way of Southeast Missouri, a few results form the education emphasis of the last three years show an increase of 13 percent in the Cape Girardeau Public Schools graduation rate. Also, 90 percent of students participating in the Read to Succeed program were above their grade reading level.
The poll also reflects that close to 75 percent of local residents donate to the United Way of Southeast Missouri. Organizers say donations the United Way of Southeast Missouri are not given to any one group, but instead blanket the community, covering programs that support children, families, seniors, individuals in crisis and unforeseen emergencies. The United Way invests in 30 local agencies and over 50 programs, which focus on community issues.
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