Ensuring needs are met at each Johnson County school district is the goal, United Way of Johnson County President Aly Engstrom said.
UW hosted its annual Johnson County ISD Roundtable on Tuesday at the Keene Annex Building, along with local school counselors, nurses, assistant principals and family liaisons.
UW is a local network of volunteers, agencies and donors united in the belief that they can make a real difference as problem solvers in Johnson County, addressing issues ranging from critical needs to quality of life, according to its website.
“It’s a varied group of folks that are bringing information because we want to be a complete resource for them and give them an opportunity to visit, to ask questions,” Engstrom said about the roundtable event.
Officials with many nonprofit organizations discussed the programs they offer, including the Family Crisis Center of Johnson County, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Johnson County, Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County, Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids, Pecan Valley Centers and Texas Health Steps.
After a lunch break, Engstrom said they participated in breakout sessions to discuss what each school district needed and to network.
“We just want to give them the support they need and help them with the issues they have in their school district day to day — for them to meet the people that they can call,” she said. “If they can come up with a need, we want to know about it. Through United Way, I want to know what their needs are and what their goals and desires are.”
Cleburne ISD Homelessness Liaison Debbie Reynolds said they were happy to participate.
“Johnson County has numerous agencies who provide services for the families who reside here.,’ Reynolds said. “Cleburne ISD is about educating and developing children, and if we can refer their families to needed resources in the community, then we are in turn supporting and benefiting our students.”
For information, visit uwjc.com.