United Way of Greater Greensboro has been helping area residents for nearly a century, and now the non-profit is calling on those residents to give them some feedback to help them help the community more effectively.

On Monday, March 2, in a press release, the group invited everyone in and around Greensboro to provide input about local social issues via a community survey.

United Way representatives are calling the need for feedback “critical” in order for the group to target services effectively in the future.

For years, the local United Way chapter has focused its efforts on ending poverty locally. To do that, United Way created a community-wide network of a wide variety of partners to help with what it’s calling a “new holistic approach to ending poverty.”

According to United Way representatives, about 57,000 Greensboro residents – which includes one out of every four children – lives in poverty. (The federal government defines poverty as a family of four earning $24,600 per year or less.)

Beginning on March 2, and ending Friday, March 13, the online community survey is open to the public. You can fill out that survey at www.UnitedWayGSO.org/Survey .

Just click on the link to complete the questionnaire about needs and issues facing local residents – as well as about how the United Way of Greater Greensboro can better address area needs.

Michelle Gethers-Clark, the president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro, said the goal is to get information and ideas from all parts of the community.

“For 98 years, United Way has depended on the voice of our community to guide our work,” Gethers-Clark stated. “We are once again seeking that collective voice with this survey. Our goal of ending local poverty requires input from all walks in life. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and pass the link along to ask friends and family members to take the survey,”

And you don’t have to worry about any of your secret views getting out. To ensure confidentiality, Perspectives Consulting Group will be collecting and tabulating all results.  

United Way officials stress that they want honest feedback.