United Way hears from Randolph County community

United Way hears from Randolph County community

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - United Way of Northeast Arkansas visited with Randolph County community leaders.

Randolph County Chamber of Commerce held a community meeting with United Way on Thursday.

United Way has been visiting community members in 8 counties to better understand the need of the community.

"Within these meetings we are looking for more of a focus area to find the greatest need and the way that we can use our donors' dollars to make the biggest impact within all of Northeast Arkansas", Jenny Keller, director of resource development for United Way, said.

The meeting started with people discussing the positives of living in Randolph County.

Some of the topics residents believed the county excelled in included the education systems, health care, community centers and agriculture.

The county impact leader, Erin Kerley Mathews, says Randolph County is a very close-knit area.

"We are such a faith based, loving, caring community, a very down home earthy environment," Mathew said.

Along with the positives, community members also discussed some negatives they want to see improve.

These included help for veterans, traffic, poverty and drugs.

People discussed several things they would like to work on, but most agreed the main target area is the youth.

"We want to work on the needs for our children, that maybe probably our main target to ensure we are helping that next generation," Mathews said.

Randolph County holds meetings for these issues each month.

Mathews says she was happy with the outcome today but would always like to see new faces.

United Way hopes to continue meetings like this one to connect with the counties and see where they need the most help.

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