Sunday, October 24, 2021

Community Needs Assessment Findings Are In

Collier County’s high cost of living and relatively low wages leave 34 percent of families unable to meet basic needs.

There’s a need for more education and awareness among residents where water quality, conservation and environmental threats, and even sea level rise are concerned.

Collier residents are concerned about the availability of primary care doctors and dentists, especially during the tourist season, as well as a lack of mental health care and addiction treatment.

These are just some of the findings of the Collier County Community Needs and Assets Assessment that was conducted last year by polling more than 4,000 residents on a multitude of issues. The assessment was funded by Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and focused on helping to identify and quantify the conditions, needs and assets of the community, and analyze access to and delivery of resources to the county’s residents.

The study’s objectives intend to:

  • Identify possible unmet service needs and gaps within Collier County.
  • Identify possible community assets and resources.
  • Provide findings that allow stakeholders to develop priorities and strategies that address the findings and utilize and mobilize existing community resources to help meet the identified needs and bridge the identified gaps.

A presentation of the study was given on June 19 in City Hall’s Community Meeting Room by Mary Beth Geier, Florida director for the Schulze Foundation, and Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County.

The presentation also included Marco-specific information gleaned from the responses of city residents.

In attendance were community members, Marco Island City Councilors Charlette Roman, Larry Honig and Jared Grifoni and the city’s police chief, Al Schettino.

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Eileen Connolly-Keesler, right, responds to a question as Mary Beth Geier looks on. Photo by Don Manley

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