"Walking The Talk" Program Underway

HILLSIDE, NJ - The Township of Hillside and United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) have launched a community “Walk & Talk” program designed to find ways to improve the quality of life for Hillside residents. The first night of community walks occurred the evening of July 9th  and will continue throughout the month. 
Together, Mayor Angela Garretson and UWGUC President/CEO, James W. Horne, Jr. walked door-to-door asking residents a series of questions and providing them with an opportunity to have an open discussion regarding their most pressing concerns.
The intent of the walks are to ask residents a series of questions using a community assessment survey and to listen, first hand, to what some of their most critical concerns are regarding their neighborhoods and quality of life.  The data will be used to create viable solutions for Hillside families faced with a variety of challenges. 
“Working together, we’ve determined that there is no problem too complex that a community of compassionate people cannot solve. However, we know there are limited resources for programs and services. Our community walks are the first steps in helping us pinpoint the most significant needs of families and will now help us design programs to meet those needs,” explains Horne. 
The township officials provided critical information by identifying neighborhoods and families that were surveyed and UWGUC will analyze the data and synthesize the comments and concerns raised by residents. 
By working with Hillside as a strategic partner, and involving residents who are most effected by any initiatives to be created, UWGUC hopes to help families in need overcome obstacles and thrive within their communities. 
Below is a link to the comprehensive community needs assessment survey utilized during the “Walk & Talk” program.  Now through July 31, 2014, UWGUC invites Hillside residents to complete the survey by clicking HERE , or by going to www.uwguc.org/hillside_assessment.
For more information please call 908-353-7171, Ext 137.