For Immediate Release
Jim Trundy, Executive Director
YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston:
Steven Wallace, CEO
|Childhood Education and Youth Services
WESTERN MAINE COMMUNITY ACTION SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT TO ASSESS STRENGTHS, WEAKNESS, AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF AREA EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND SCHOOL AGE YOUTH SERVICES
Wilton, February22, 2021
Western Maine Community Action is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to evaluate local and regional childcare and youth services in the Wilton area. The assessment, which can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NTNVXRK, will evaluate the overall need for both early childhood education and school age youth services in and around the Wilton/Farmington region.
Once complete, WMCA will partner with the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston to analyze responses and identify the most pressing needs. If specific gaps in services are identified, WMCA and the YMCA will work together with other stakeholders to find and prioritize program funding relating to such needs.
Key Findings in state-wide assessments note increased needs in the areas of access to quality and affordable pre-school education, access to basic needs, food insecurity, heating and rent assistance, and quality indoor and outdoor before and after school programs. Additional findings estimated that over 1100 children in our region are considered to be in poverty, and common barriers to employment in the area were identified as transportation, job opportunities, job/training and childcare.
“The Community Needs Assessment allows us to focus our strategy on the most pressing needs of our community,” says Jim Trundy, Executive Director of Western Maine Community Action. “We will be working with our current partners to address these needs. We are also looking to the community to assist us in identifying solutions.”
For more information on the Community Health Needs Assessment, please contact Jim Trundy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit WMCA.ORG
About Western Maine Community Action.
Western Maine Community Action provides services to low and moderate-income people in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. WMCA is one of 10 community action agencies in Maine and part of a national poverty fighting network of over 1,000 agencies. It is WMCA’s mission to advocate for, strengthen, and coordinate all resources – private, local, state, and federal – that will assist us in promoting the self-sufficiency of people.
The Promise of Community Action: “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”
About the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston. Serving the community since 1868, the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston is a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization seeking to strengthen the foundation of local communities through collaborations and services that focus on youth development, healthy living for all, and social responsibility. Each year, the YMCA serves more than 1,800 children in its youth sports, camp and child care programs and serves over 3,000 members in its health, wellness, and fitness programs.