Kennewick, WA- The United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties is zeroing on its next Community Solutions initiative.
Today Community Solutions team members reviewed a summer survey of what people in the Mid Columbia think are some of the bigger problems.
United Way President and Chief Executive Officer Beverly Weber says this year's community solution will focus on educating children, not on academics, but what goes on outside the classroom.
"There are a lot of things that affect kids' ability to learn. Obviously things like gangs, drugs, truancy, and how kids are raised in their homes," Weber says. "If parents don't have the supports they need, it's pretty hard for them to be supportive of their kids in school."
The United Way's first Community Solutions initiative, Our Babies Can't Wait, provided nearly 200 families with health screenings and instruction on child development. The project continues to hold workshops in English and Spanish, and distributes education packets to children and parents throughout the Mid Columbia.