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We all have a responsibility to create
a better community for EVERYONE.
We will convene community members around
the goal of advancing the common good.

Developmental Assets. The Search Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to
adolescent development, has created a list of 40 developmental assets that are the building
blocks that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible. In 2005, United Way
of the Quad Cities Area conducted a survey of 8,000 local young people and determined our
area youth possess an average of only 19 assets. The Search Institution reports they ideally
should have at least 31. We have worked to raise public awareness and focus the attention of
the community on the areas in which we have the greatest deficiencies. We will continue to
work with community members and organizations to build assets that help ensure the success
of our upcoming generation.

Community Vitality Scan. In 2007, United Way of the Quad Cities Area joined together
with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Quad City Health Initiative, Moline
Foundation, and Amy Helpenstell Foundation to sponsor the Community Vitality Scan. The
Scan gathered critical information on the resources and needs of the Quad Cities that can
guide improvement in our community's quality of life. This coalition of organizations has
committed to updating the scan annually to provide an accurate gauge of the Quad Cities'
most pressing needs for individuals and organizations that wish to engage in community
improvement.

Public Policy. We recognize the critical role government plays in improving our community
and will work with area legislators to advocate for issues that will enhance the lives of our
neighbors. As part of this movement, our United Way has joined with United Ways of Iowa in
creating a legislative agenda supporting vital needs of all Iowans including financial stability,
access to affordable health care, and education.

2-1-1. Whether a person is in need of a day care, seeking financial assistance, or in need
of the most basic services - food, shelter and clothing - United Way's 2-1-1 has answers.
2-1-1 is a nationally accredited, confidential information and referral service that has
access to information on over 1,500 health and human services and can be reached by just
calling 2-1-1 in Iowa or Illinois.

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