United Way of Berks County serves as the backbone organization for the Oakbrook Collective Impact Council (OCIC). The goal of the Council is to prioritize the identified needs and coordinate collaborative efforts to respond to what Oakbrook residents identified as their critical issues. Since this work began in 2017, considerable strides have been made:
The door-to-door survey was completed.
Oakbrook Speaks Data Walk was held to share the results of the door-to-door survey with the community.
First OCIC Meeting is held with 50 people in attendance including Oakbrook residents and representation from 24 organizations.
The OCIC identified the overview of the common agenda and identified the seven key take aways and themes.
The root causes were identified; based on OCIC decisions to focus on food and education.
The three categories under education and food insecurity were identified.
The Council agreed on preamble statements and also problem statements (what are we going to work on and why). The Council voted to focus on the top two issues (Education awareness/knowledge and Food insecurity/access).