Poverty conversation continues
United Way spearheading attempt to find solutions
The United Way of Cape Breton recently held a followup session to its Community Impact Summit.
“There was a small group there, but they were very passionate about policies and policy change,” said Lynne McCarron, the executive director of United Way of Cape Breton.
“We wanted to have some group discussion about what’s working and what isn’t to see what we can learn from others.”
Representatives from nonprofit organizations attended the meeting as well as people involved in the health-care system, municipal government leaders and business representatives.
“It was a very diverse conversation,” said McCarron. “We wanted everyone’s input on how we can be more efficient and more effective with our spending in regards to reducing poverty.”
McCarron went on to talk about accomplishments and plans to move forward.
“We’re going to be bringing, for the first time ever, different people with different skill sets to hopefully create a solution,” said McCarron. “My feeling is that United Way is about building a stronger community. We want to bring as many people as possible into this so we can start looking at this more critically. We want to have groups of people working on the common pieces to the puzzle to help put it all together.”
McCarron hopes the United Way can continue to work with community leaders to find solutions to the problem of poverty in Cape Breton and implement the solutions as soon as possible.
United Way Cape Breton hosted the Community Impact Summit in March. The goal of the summit was to begin to develop an action plan to help those living in poverty in Cape Breton and to determine what is achievable locally through collaboration and improved use of existing resources.