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United Way Searches for Solutions to Valley's Problems

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LAS VEGAS - Finding the answers to the valley's problems will be difficult, but United Way officials say they are going to put a lot of time, energy and money into solving them.

The United Way of Southern Nevada put a lot of resources into conducting a community assessment survey of the valley's at-risk population.

Now, the agency is turning to other local governments and groups for ideas on how to fix the problems, which range from jobs to education to dangerous driving.

The United Way will be actively researching ideas until the end of March, borrowing legislative accomplishments from other cities and reaching out to the public at town hall meetings.

The biggest problem facing Las Vegans is jobs, so the United Way wants to help people work on their job skills.

"Individuals don't have information. They don't have an education to where they can move to a different job, either to get out of their current career and going to a brand new career or staying in their career and going to a desk job rather than a field job," said United Way of Southern Nevada CEO Cass Palmer. "They don't have flexibility."

United Way officials say a community awareness program could be a step in the right direction.

As for education, they want to give scholarships to pre-kindergarten kids and offer parents cheaper education for their children if the parents go to child development workshops.

The United Way is also looking for input from the public. Go to the United Way's website to offer your suggestions on how best to fix the valley's problems.

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