Poverty con­ver­sa­tion con­tin­ues

United Way spear­head­ing at­tempt to find so­lu­tions

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton/province - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

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.

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