Request for Applications – Community Assessment
DATE: Friday, November 17, 2017
We are now accepting prospective Project Director and Vendor applications for United Way of Tarrant County’s Community Assessment Project. Applications are available for download on the United Way of Tarrant County website. All prospective applicants for Project Director must complete the application and all required forms and return two signed original unbound copies and one electronic copy to our office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, December 15, 2017. All prospective vendor applicants must complete the application and all required forms and return two signed original unbound copies and one electronic copy to our office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 1, 2018. Our mailing address is PO Box 4448, Fort Worth, TX 76164-0448.
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
For nearly a century, United Way of Tarrant County (UWTC) has been fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Tarrant County. It is our charge to not only lead the fight, but also to reach out to those who are most in need of our help, and our hope.
UTWTC is currently in the process of updating our strategic framework to ensure we remain positioned to lead long-term, systemic change in our community. We recognize that as the well documented population growth of Tarrant County continues to accelerate, so too will the demands on the social services delivered by UWTC, community-based organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies.
In order to appropriately respond to the increasing social sector demands, our strategy, resources, and plan of action must be sound. In other words, we must first understand and anticipate the social challenges in the coming years to appropriately position our resources and convene the necessary partners to meet those demands.
And perhaps, most importantly, we need to comprehend the very root causes of these issues, so as to properly lead any required systems change. The most comprehensive manner for UWTC to gather the necessary understanding and to anticipate future Tarrant County needs is to conduct a community assessment. Armed with the results of a community assessment, UWTC will be better positioned to drive a systems-focused, data-driven strategy aimed at resolving ongoing and anticipated community issues. Through experience, we have learned that this type of approach is the most effective manner to:
1. Engage the community to identify strengths and weaknesses;
2. Identify existing needs, assets, and partners;
3. Share data among our key stakeholders to ensure coordination of our collective action, and
4. Prioritize and galvanize our efforts, and those of our partners, based upon our findings.