United Way of the Big Bend hosts goal setting summit

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-24 13:08:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The United Way of the Big Bend is ready to take on 2014. They hosted their first annual goal setting summit at the Florida State University Turnbull Conference Center.

"There was a lot of commonality in what people thought were issues that are facing our community," said the organization's president Heather Mitchell, "which tells me that there are some pretty big things that we need to work on, and that people are ready to do that work."

The organization is still in the process of hosting a series of public meetings to target areas in the community that need improvement. Those who attended listened to three sessions, covering topics from education, income family stability and health. The overall goal was to figure out how they can move forward to help these areas in the big bend.

Mitchell says they hope to look closer at these issues to find more ways they can help.

"If we can figure out how to help people learn well, then they can earn well, and hopefully they can live well which creates a more productive society, so that's what we're looking for," said Mitchell.

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