With its access to the ocean, outdoor recreation, vibrant cities filled with history and culture and its proximity to Boston, Essex County is an ideal place to live, work and raise a family. On average, Essex County residents enjoy a good standard of living. However, the region is also home to poverty, crime, hunger, homelessness, addiction, unemployment and failing schools. How do we help improve the quality of life for all our residents? What are our most pressing problems and how can we work together to solve them? And how do we know when we are making an impact?
This multi-year, three-phase project will tackle some of the most critical needs in this region and will focus on making a long-term, measurable impact on the quality of life in Essex County. Through this project, ECCF will:
- Lead efforts to assess Essex County’s most critical needs.
- Convene community stakeholders to craft a plan to address identified core challenges.
- Mobilize resources to ensure long-term sustainable funding to move the needle on high-priority issues.
Phase I: Assess the State of Essex County (Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2016) ECCF will commission a rigorous, countywide community indicators analysis that will collect, analyze and publish comprehensive data about the region. ECCF will:
- Present data on nearly 100 indicators providing an accurate picture of the region’s current health.
- Launch an interactive, easy to use Impact Essex County website presenting data, analysis and trends available to the community.
- Offer comparative data for Essex County’s cities and towns, three comparable counties, Massachusetts and USA.
Phase II: Identify the Needs of Essex County (Estimated Completion Date: Winter 2017) ECCF will spearhead a facilitated analysis of the Phase I data to determine the county’s most pressing problems and set a baseline for tracking impact. During this phase ECCF will:
- Convene community leaders, elected officials, nonprofits, businesses and funders from across the region.
- Collaborate to analyze data, identify key needs and develop a plan to address a set of priority issues.
- Facilitate joint action where a measurable, sustained difference can be made.
Phase III: Move the Needle on Key Issues in Essex County (Estimated Completion Date: June 2018 and ongoing) ECCF will launch an endowment campaign ($10 million+) and lead efforts to mobilize sustainable, long-term funding to address our high-priority community needs with a focus on making significant, measurable impact. ECCF will also:
- Convene community leaders and additional funders to multiply resources devoted to identified priorities.
- Create an endowment to secure annual support for critical regional grant making.
- Update the indicators Impact Essex County website biannually to keep track of needs and progress.
- Realize our goal of improving the quality of life for Essex County’s 750,000 residents.
Edward Becker, President, Essex County Greenbelt
Lori Abrams Berry, Executive Director, Greater Lynn Community Health Center
Magnolia Contreras, Director of Community Benefits, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Frank G. Cousins, Jr., Sheriff, Essex County
Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director, Harborlight Community Partners
Lee Dellicker, Owner, President & CEO, Windover Construction
Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem
Becky Hallowell, The Women's Fund of Essex County
Rick Jakious, District Director, Office of Congressman Seth Moulton
Paul Lanzikos, Executive Director, North Shore Elder Services
Ana Luna, Executive Director, ACT Lawrence
Kara McLaughlin, Executive Director, House of the Seven Gables
Patricia Meservey, President, Salem State University
Josh Miner, Executive Director, Stevens Foundations
David Olson, Editor, Gloucester Times and Salem News
Jeff Riley, Superintendent, Lawrence Public Schools
Jim Rullo, Senior Vice President Wellington Management, Retired
Carla Saccone, President & CEO, Children, Friends and Family Services
Mary Sarris, Executive Director, Northshore Workforce Investment Board
Bridget Shaheen, Executive Director, Lazarus House
Kevin Tierney, President, Northshore Bank
Sue Todd, President & CEO, Pathways for Children