United Way to Host a Series of Community Conversations

El Paso, TX (March 10, 2017) - For more than 93 years, the United Way of El Paso County has been committed to positively transforming the lives of El Pasoans through community partnerships and support of local programs. Through an evolution of it's strategic plan, United Way has been able to better serve the community, which is why in 2017, the Board of Directors approved a new strategic mission and direction to be implemented in the course of five years. 

To proceed with the new plan, United Way will host a series of 12 community conversations that will serve as an opportunity for individuals to openly discuss the matters they believe are critically affecting the lives of El Pasoans. The series is intended to help United Way better understand the community it serves and assess how it can work to address the community's concerns. 

The conversations are inspired and modeled by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a nonprofit assisting individuals and organizations in solving pressing problems in communities. Volunteers trained to moderate the discussion will lead the 90-minute conversations. United Way is inviting the general public to RSVP and attend these upcoming conversations meant for a maximum of 15 participants who can attend on a first come, first served basis. RSVP is required. The conversations will be hosted every Thursday starting March 23 through May 2017 at 5 p.m. All opinions and thoughts will be noted anonymously. 

Following the series, United Way will compile the notes taken during and overlap it with data and research to inform decisions about how the organization will move forward in supporting El Pasoans. 

ATTEND ONE OF THE UPCOMING CONVERSATIONS (RSVP REQUIRED): 

Lower Valley - Thurs., March 30 at 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Grace United Methodist Church - 400 N. Carolina 

Central - Thurs., April 6 at 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Clardy Fox Public Library - 5515 Robert Alva Ave. 

Canutillo - Thurs., April 13 at 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Lonestar Building - 7000 5th St. 

Far East - Thurs., April 20 at 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Location TBD

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Gamez, Marketing & Communications Manager, (915) 533-2434 ext. 222

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP, CONTACT: Charles Pettitt, Intel Encore Fellow, (915) 533-2434