BY JANAE JOACHIM
“Serving Wadsworth”, a new web page, has been launched on the city of Wadsworth’s website to give residents who are in need or who want to volunteer a concise spot to find the resources to do so. The web page is organized into specific areas of aid including food assistance, financial assistance, housing services, educational assistance, health assistance, and community/clubs/organizations with organizations listed under each respective tab.
“We wanted to make sure we communicated with organizations, making sure that they were all communicating one with another so that we can best serve the community members and their needs,” said Mayor Robin Laubaugh.
Before the web page, there was only a flier containing this information. In the five years since the collaboration of the organizations to make the flier, there have been changes in leadership in various non-profits, so they thought it would be best to revisit and upgrade accordingly.
“We wanted to update that flier and then also provide that information in an organized way on our website,” said Laubaugh.
Marketing coordinator Ayten Anderson was the one who considered making a web page with the information so that residents could easily maneuver through the programs via direct links.
“It’s a lot easier when you’re online to be able to click a link versus having to type it in,” said Laubaugh.
Anderson and Laubaugh started to organize a meeting with all of the non-profits for this website in September. They gathered information about what each agency does, what services they provide, their hours, their contact info, their executive director, etc. Anderson then put all this info on the web page.
Someone in need might not know who to contact or where to go to get the help he needs, so this web page was made to provide that information.
“This is a source where community members who are in need can go,” said Laubaugh.
Although the web page is primarily a resource for those in need, it is additionally a resource to find places to volunteer and/or donate.
The “Serving Wadsworth” web page was launched at the beginning of December 2021 and can be accessed here.