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Let's Move Together!

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This region is our home. The story of home promises a place for everyone — a place that offers security, safety, inclusion, prosperity. Yet too many in our community — our neighbors, our friends, our family members — aren’t able to get ahead. The cycle starts early. Kids become trapped in a cycle of poverty that becomes harder and harder to break as they get older.

Stand with us behind the idea that their success is our success. Together, we can break the cycle at the source — giving kids and families in poverty the chance all of us deserve.

We start by giving low-income kids a fair shot at success in school, which we know is a ticket out of the cycle of poverty. Yet generational poverty is complex, so United Way aligns resources to help children and the families that nurture them. We bring people together to make sure everyone has access to basic health care, stable housing, quality education and meaningful work. We engage people in our diverse communities to become leaders for positive change. Together, we create healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families.  

United Way is mobilizing people across our region to do whatever it takes to build stronger communities. Whether you donate money, volunteer your time and talent or use your voice to set priorities that lift up everyone in our community — we can do more together than on our own. We are better together.

United Way is here to help you make the difference.

Live United Outside


When you give money to United Way, you directly fund local projects that connect children and families with the ingredients for the quality of life everyone in our community deserves.

You can give online, write a check or donate through payroll deduction. By giving a small amount each pay period, a little change can make a big impact.


Your time is valuable! We offer many ways to volunteer through our Hands On Greater Portland program. Search for volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule and interests.


No matter what you give or how you give, you become part a community working together to reverse the tide for children and families in our home.

Together, we move our graduation rates.
Together, we move families toward a stable future.
Together, we move access to affordable housing.
Together, we move local projects that connect our people with jobs.
Together, we move our children out of poverty.

Tweet your commitment to move with us at #wemove!


Over 90 Years of Creating Change in our Community

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has been helping people in the four-county region of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County in SW Washington since 1920.

We are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is locally managed and governed. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is a member of United Way Worldwide, a network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories.

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100% of your gift is invested locally.

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