United Way Launches Online County Report Card

united-way-laporte-countyUnited Way of La Porte County is providing a new online tool that serves as a report card for La Porte County in key indicator areas of education, financial stability and health.

The tool gives human service planners and providers easy access to data that will help them focus their resources more effectively in order to make a bigger impact. The Community Report Card was developed for the Indiana Association of United Ways by the Polis Center at IUPUI.

Kris Pate, executive director of United Way of LaPorte County, says the tool provides up-to-date information that will assist the organization’s transformation to an intentional focus on the three indicator areas. United Way of LaPorte County is convening a series of five Community Conversation sessions over the next year and a half to gather input from a broad spectrum of residents about the aspirations, challenges and changes they envision for our community in the quality of life indicators.

“We are focusing on education, financial stability and health because these are the building blocks of a quality of life,” Pate says. “We want to help build community collaborations in order to accomplish what our community aspires for itself.”

Data show the percentage of change between the years 2009 and 2011 in La Porte County, trends that are better or worse, and the county’s rank in 2011 compared with all other Indiana counties. An introductory page summarizes the county indicators. The Community Report Card project was created by a task force of local United Way leaders from across the state.

Access this tool directly.