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Community Strengthening Partnerships

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Community StrengtheningUnited Way's Community Strengthening funding strategy is designed to support a stronger network of nonprofits who are leading in the way in reducing poverty for children and families in our region. A total of 30 emerging and established nonprofits serving low-income and culturally-specific communities across the metro area were selected. Together, they will create and participate in learning communities designed to share experiences, exchange data and information, and build collective knowledge to strengthen organizational capacity and improve outcomes for low-income families and their children.

Community Strengthening partnerships represent a three-year commitment (July 2014 through July 2017) and an overall investment of approximately $4.5 million dollars over the next three years. Organizations are awarded grants of approximately $50,000 each year during the grant duration. (Funding to the selected non-profits is contingent on the funding United Way receives as an organization to its Breaking the Cycle fund).

United Way is pleased to award the following organizations with Community Strengthening grants:

Clackamas County

Clackamas Women’s Services
Clackamas County's only shelter for women and children escaping family violence and domestic abuse. Offers comprehensive and sensitive solutions for adults and children impacted by domestic abuse at our secure emergency shelter, rural outreach office and at A Safe Place Family Justice Center.

Todos Juntos
As a community-based organization, follows a model having a data-driven, collaborative approach predicated on (1) a thorough understanding of a community’s dynamics around youth and families, and (2) a site-specific plan of coordinated programs and activities that draws on resources and guidance from the community.


Clark County

Council for the Homeless (CFTH)
Fills a unique role in Clark County. Their mission to lead the community's efforts to prevent and end homelessness. CFTH’s work encompasses planning, convening, coordination, data collection and analysis, education, relationship building, advocacy, and direct service.

Second Step Housing
Provides transitional and permanent housing to help meet the need of homeless and low-income individuals and families living in Clark County. Their transitional housing provides two years of supportive group living for women and women with children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

YWCA Clark County
Serves more than 11,000 people each year who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and oppression, as well as youth in foster care and incarcerated women.


Multnomah County

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Works to identify and address the disparities that impact our communities, through community organizing, leadership development and grassroots advocacy.

Bridge Meadows
An intentional intergenerational housing community in North Portland, serving foster youth, adoptive families and low-income elders.

Children First for Oregon
Works to draw attention to the heart of Oregon's most pressing economic issues. From access to early-learning child care environments to access to a doctor's care, from improving the experience of children in foster care to improving the lives of all children living in poverty, focuses in the areas where they can make lasting, systemic impact.

Friends of the Children 
Takes a simple and highly effective approach to lifting extremely vulnerable youth out of poverty. They identify children early - in kindergarten - and give them 1:1 support from a professional Friend, 16 hours per month for the next 12 years, through high school graduation.

Hacienda Community Development Corp.
Services are distributed across 4 departments: Affordable Housing, Youth and Family Services, Homeownership Support, and Community Economic Development. Owns and operates 381 units of affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland, providing low-income families with a decent, stable home at below-market rates.

Human Solutions
Has been helping homeless and low-income families build pathways out of poverty for 25 years in outer East Portland and East Multnomah County includes some of the highest poverty neighborhoods in Multnomah County. Programs include prevention services, direct services with families, employment and economic development programs and affordable housing.

I Have a Dream Foundation Oregon
Was founded in 1990 to help low-income students succeed in school, college and career. They are mission control, here to launch a generation of students on a determined path to college, career and contribution to the community. Dreamer Class students receive academic and holistic services through post-secondary education.

Innovative Changes
Offers a suite of products and services to help people build their financial capabilities, access responsible financial products, save for post-secondary education, build assets. Classes teach people to manage their cash flow, budget and save, use a bank account successfully, avoid predatory financial products and to repair and protect their credit.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Provides a bridge between marginalized communities (including immigrants and refugees) and schools or basic supports like employment or housing. IRCO is also an advocate for and community leader in immigrant and refugee communities, and has extensive experience in community organizing and planning, coalition building, policy creation, and training.

Latino Network
The leading Portland-area community-based, culturally specific provider for Latino civic training and engagement and parent /youth involvement services. Offers a continuum of programs to children and parents beginning in early childhood and extending through high school graduation, including academic and cultural enrichment, leadership, skill-building and violence prevention activities for youth and families.

Metropolitan Family Service
Focuses on three critical community initiatives: 1) Early Childhood Development and Youth Success; 2) Community-Based Health and Wellness; 3) Economic Well-Being.

NAYA Family Center
Provides wraparound services for youth, families and elders to address the specific needs of the Native community, which experiences higher rates of poverty, unemployment, gang involvement and homelessness; lower high school graduation and homeownership rates, and an overrepresentation in the child welfare and criminal justice systems.

Open Meadow
For 42 years, has provided learning opportunities for thousands of Portland's disengaged youth who face social and economic obstacles. Relationship-based programs and dedicated staff keep students connected to their education and provide them with skills and experiences needed to engage in post-secondary education and career opportunities.

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives
In addition to providing thousands of families with safe, stable, and affordable housing, offers asset building programs and resident services including education and home ownership that build financial stability.

Reading Results
An innovative, research-based tutoring program focused on helping struggling readers achieve grade level reading by third-grade. Students are served during the school day with paid, trained tutors for 30 minutes, three times weekly throughout the school year.

Self-Enhancement, Inc.
Each year, more than 7,500 youth and families benefit from their comprehensive continuum of in-school, after school, summer, and wraparound support services.

Urban League of Portland
Helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. Their mission is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.

Believes sustainability can be reinterpreted as an anti-poverty strategy, a means to address low-income people's need for economic opportunity, education and healthy neighborhoods. Through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy, Verde brings environmental assets to low-income neighborhoods.


Washington County

Adelante Mujeres
Has a rich history of successfully engaging the low-income Latino immigrant community and providing access to resources and is also a forum for community engagement.

Provides affordable housing and integrated resident service programs for 487 farmworker and working poor Latino families in Washington and Columbia counties.

Centro Cultural de Washington County
Promotes education and economic development, increases cultural consciousness, responds to community needs and celebrates understanding among the diverse groups of our community.

Community Action
Addresses the causes and conditions of poverty. Accomplishes this through a series of programs including HeadStart, childcare resource and referral, family advocacy, housing and homeless services, emergency rent assistance, energy conservation and information and referral.

LifeWorks NW
Provides a wide range of mental health, addiction and prevention services across the lifespan in the tri-county Portland metro area.

Virginia Garcia
Provides comprehensive, patient-centered care in Washington County at three primary care clinics, two dental clinics, three school-based health centers and a mobile clinic that travels to migrant worker camps other locations throughout the county. Medical services include prenatal care, well-child exams, immunizations, routine care and chronic disease management.