CAP Announces Community Heroes for 2011

The Community Assessment Project (CAP) is a consortium of public and private health, education, human service, and civic organizations convened by the United Way of Santa Cruz County. Their goal is to continually improve the quality of life for Santa Cruz County residents. The annual Community Survey of over 722 households was introduced in 1994 and has helped schools, governments and non-profit organizations understand what matters to local residents and what they should do to improve Santa Cruz County for its citizens.

As part of the annual presentation of survey results, CAP honors special individuals whose efforts are helping move Santa Cruz County toward the achievement of the community goals. We are pleased to announce that Danny Keith, Chief Development & Technology Officer for Second Harvest was honored as a 2011 Community Hero for his efforts to improve health through the Grind Out Hunger program.

Danny is the Founder of Grind Out Hunger, which empowers youth to fight hunger through creative channels. They have collected over 750,000 pounds of food since 2004. Congratulations Danny!

Some interesting statistics from this year’s Community Survey:

• 89% of our residents take steps to reduce their household’s water use.

• 41% of our county’s residents regularly volunteer in the community.

• 23% of our residents pay one third to half of their income for housing and another 23% pay half to three quarters of their income for housing.

• 69% of our residents do not feel better off financially than they did in 2010.

• 72% of our residents think attendance in a quality preschool is very important to a child’s later success in school.

View the entire Community Survey.

The Community Assessment Program (CAP) has established Community Goals for improvement in the areas of Economy, Education, Health, Public Safety, Natural Environment, and Social Environment. Progress toward these goals is tracked each year through measurable quality of life indicators.

View the CAP goals.

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