Listening to the Community

United Way works to help people in need reach their potential.  

Listening Team

People around a tableWho are we?
United Way has a dedicated group of volunteers that are interested in collecting public knowledge. The Listening Team works to hear and amplify the voices of individuals who are less likely to be heard in community forums.

Speech bubblesHow do we listen to the community?
The Listening Team facilitates community conversations to receive community member input and attends events and meetings in the community to hear more about what is going on.

megaphoneWhat do we do with this information?
Information that the Listening Team gathers throughout the year is collected, synthesized, and summarized into annual reports. Community members or organizations can use these reports to inform their work. United Way uses these findings to make decisions on future funding opportunities and grant offerings.

What are the expectations to be a Listening Team member?

  • Attend Listening Team meetings every two months
  • Get trained in hosting community conversations
  • Facilitate community conversations with another team member
  • Attend community events and meetings
  • Share findings with the team!

*Commitments are 1-year with the option to renew at the start of the new year!

group conversationTo learn more about the Listening Team contact Kristin Block at Interested in joining our team? Volunteer! To help us get to know you better, please complete our form and send it to Kristin.


Click below for Listening Team Summaries from previous years.

2016 Community Conversations Summary 2017 Listening Team Summary 2018 Listening Team Summary 2019 Listening Team Summary


Community Conversations

What are they?
Community conversations are kitchen table style conversations that focus on the community as a central topic. They are facilitate by Listening Team members and encourage members to share about their understanding of our community!

How do they work?
United Way and organizations work together to host these conversations in varying locations in our community. Conversations include anywhere from 8-15 people and last anywhere from 1.5-2 hours. Listening Team members are trained to guide these conversations.

Host a Conversation

If you or your organization is interested in hosting a community conversation, please contact our Impact Team at for more information.

We will need:

  • A quiet space to host the conversation (ex. conference room)
  • 8-15 participants
  • At least a 3 week notice before desired conversation

After the conversation, we will share a generalized summary of the information collected in the conversation and share the final year-end report. 

Participate in a Conversation

Interested in sharing your perspective about our community? Please contact our Impact Team at for more information.