The researchers used secondary data from the U.S Census Bureau, American Community Survey data, The Opportunity Index, Community Health Rankings, Newark Kids Count, and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics from the 2000 and 2010 census in order to determine the need of the municipalities served under the UWEWH footprint, and the focus of our resources.
The Opportunity Index is a tool designed to provide a snapshot of what opportunity looks like at the state and county level. United Way Worldwide partners with Opportunity Nation to promote the Opportunity Index tool for leaders and community members to use as a guide for measuring and improving opportunity locally. Essex County received an average score of 51.94/100 and Hudson County received an average of 51.14/100 both resulting in a C+ grading average. These scores show that while we have made significant progress in our 90 years of operations, we still have targeted, strategic work to be done in advancing the common good.
The United Way Campaign for the Common Good brings together people nationwide to take action and improve the education, income, and health of their communities.
As part of the campaign, local United Ways hold Community Conversations to gain a stronger sense of people's aspirations for their communities, and provide a channel for them to express the realities of their daily lives. With this knowledge, United Ways across the country can be more effective and relevant.
The experts — students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community leaders — all shared their beliefs, views, personal experiences, and hopes with us.
This report includes community voices and ideas for what can be done in the future to inspire growth, progress, advancement, and prosperity.