In a recent survey conducted as part of the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) funded Leadership Eatonville program, Town of Eatonville residents were asked what they would do to make their community a better place. With an average residency of 23.4 years, participants are long term members of the community with an invested interest in the betterment of the town they call home. Their responses suggest activities for youth, neighborhood beautification efforts, jobs and adult education hold the highest priority.
The Polis Institute, on behalf of WPHF and the Healthy Eatonville Team, contacted 383 Eatonville residents between June 6 and July 11, 2016, for the purposes of learning more about the perception of the town and to solicit interest in Leadership Eatonville. The interview team included three Eatonville residents, two individuals who work in the town, as well as two professional community organizers who were all trained to conduct facilitated conversations.
The month long effort involved contacting 730 households door-to-door. Of those contacted, 322 households completed the survey including a number of households in which multiple adults took part in the conversation. The result of these conversations included an abundance of feedback on neighborhood opinions and 40 new members recruited for the Leadership Eatonville program.
The remainder of the information was qualitative as reported by the interviewers. Results of the study will be presented for discussion at Leadership Eatonville meetings in October as well as at the October meeting of the Investor Council whose members represent businesses who are committed to investing time, talent or money in the needs of the town as identified by residents.
A selection of questions and their associated results from the Eatonville Community Survey are listed below:
Do you consider yourself a community leader?
|I Don't Know||10||2.6%|
What opportunities have you had to demonstrate leadership in the community?
|Neighbor||44||Being a good neighbor, help the elderly, watchful|
|Family||19||Being a good parent|
|Civic||18||Held office, worked for town, helped officials|
|Church||14||Pastor, lay leader|
|Events||9||Zora Neale Hurston|
|Non-profit||9||Help homeless, started memorial, worked for non-profit|
|Clean||3||Keep street clean, landscape|
What would you do to make the community a better place?
|Youth activities/programs||48||better programs for youth and children|
|Beautification||26||clean up area, beautify neighborhood|
|Build Community||24||unify, keep heritage, more family functions, activities|
|I Don't Know||20|
|More Involvement||16||communicate, get involved, know what's going on|
|Jobs||14||Help people get employment|
|Educational Programs||14||vocational training, adult education|
|Get Rid of Drugs||13|
|New businesses||13||gas station, restaurant, bars, hang out places|
|Improve leadership||12||new leadership at town hall, more honesty|
|Improve policing||12||community policing|
|Help the elderly||12|
|Economic development||10||more money into community|
|Infrastructure||9||Street lights, sidewalks|
|Be more neighborly||8||Give advice, encourage people, help out|
|More parks/facilities||7||Bigger rec center, parks for kids|
|Church/God||6||get people in church, pray, trust God|
|Reduce crime rate||5|
|Monitor traffic flow||5|