After a year of conversations with Winnipeggers, United Way unveils our 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.
About 500 community members gathered on the historic rail bridge above the Assiniboine River at The Forks Wednesday to learn about the strategic plan that will guide our work over the next three years.
Moving Forward – United Way’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan – is the result of conversations with Winnipeggers throughout our 50th anniversary year in which people shared their vision, and their priorities, for our city as we move forward together.
“It is a plan of action – developed and shaped by the wisdom of this community and the volunteers who guide all aspects of United Way’s work,” said Herb Peters, Chair of United Way’s volunteer Board of Trustees.
“This is a pivotal time in the evolution of United Way.”
Herb affirmed that United Way will continue to give core support to an essential network of hundreds of programs and services that are “crucial for thousands of people throughout Winnipeg who rely on these resources every day, because it means help will always be there when they need it most.”
Connie Walker, United Way President and CEO, said the plan reflects the priorities and vision Winnipeggers shared with us over the last year.
“This past year has been a remarkable one – both in reflecting on how far we have come, and of listening and learning,” Connie told the crowd assembled on the bridge for United Way’s Community Luncheon and Annual General Meeting.
“And after spending the past year listening and learning – from you and so many others – we are here today to build upon it with the introduction of our new three-year plan.”
Connie said the issues Winnipeg faces are complex – but with persistence and our combined efforts we will address them.
“This plan is built around the knowledge that we must continue to work together to realize the vision of the Winnipeg we want.”
Feedback from Winnipeggers showed us that besides continuing to support our core network of essential programs and services, we must also do more to help more kids and families in our city.
To achieve this, our strategic plan will put more focus on the following four priority areas over the next three years:
- Provide more mentors to help kids build strong relationships, make better choices and do better in school.
- Connect more youth with mental health supports to help them manage better at home, school, work, and in the community.
- Move more families into greater stability by providing more job skills and money management training.
- Help 24 neighbourhood family centres across Winnipeg stay open longer so they can reach and do more for families in the communities they serve.
These four priorities will provide more of the help so desperately needed by kids and families and that Winnipeggers have told us they want to see happen.
Moving Forward is a map to achieve that help. It is the much-needed game-changer that will allow us to make our shared vision for Winnipeg a reality, for us and for future generations.