The United Way of Amarillo & Canyon presents the 2018 Community Status Report—a resource for government, businesses, civic, social service, and faith-based organizations to inform and stimulate community discussions and investments in 2019. The research and data from the report helps guide the United Way’s community impact councils comprised of volunteers seeking the best investments to improve the most pressing issues facing our citizens in education, health, and financial stability.
Improvements we have made:
• Potter and Randall Counties continue to share a low unemployment rate.
• Median income has increased in both counties.
• Math achievement and school graduation outperformed the state in both counties with Potter County making the biggest strides.
• Child abuse rates continue to decrease hitting a record low rate in 2016.
• Most important challenge is health and this remains the same from last year.
• Suicide rates are a huge concern for both Potter and Randall Counties. They have skyrocketed in both counties and are above the state and national averages.
• Rates of domestic violence in Potter County are at alarming rates and well exceed state and national averages.
• Ther is an increase in elder abuse in both counties with both Potter and Randall Counties exceeding the state average.
We have made some positive strides in attacking the negatives that affect our community but we still have a long way to go. We at United Way of Amarillo & Canyon are dedicated to ensuring the education, health and income stability to all of its residents. However we cannot do it alone. We need partners along the way to pick up their swords and participate in this fight. From this Community Status Report we have the information needed to see what the actual problems are and from there can take action. Together we can make a difference.