Community Relief Fund
People Are Still Struggling. You Can Help.
By donating to the United Way Community Relief Fund, 100% of your donation goes to help people right here in our four-county area, thanks to Cornerstone Partners. This is your chance to make a real difference in people's lives.
Donate now to the Community Relief Fund.
What is the Community Relief Fund?
The Community Relief Fund of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette helps families in the four-county Portland-Vancouver area with emergency food, rent, utility and prescription assistance. Donations are distributed to community-based organizations in all four counties, based on where the needs are most acute and which issues are most critical. Watch the video to learn more.
Becca and Sun are a young couple who were working hard to get by. Then Sun was in a car accident and had to leave his job. Bills piled up, and they were worried about what would happen to them.
Thanks to the United Way Community Relief Fund, Becca and Sun got the extra help they needed to pay some bills. They were able to catch up on rent which allowed Sun to heal worry-free.
We all need a little extra help sometimes. And when we work together, we have a more united, healthy community.
Names have been changed.
As of October 2012, funds distributed to community action projects have helped 70,127 people in the four-county area (24,867 households). The average amount of assistance through the Community Relief Fund (CRF) with utilities was $245, while the average amount of rent assistance to each household was $727. In total, 3,408 households (9,997 individuals) avoided eviction because they received rent or mortgage assistance.
About 1,372 families (4,159 individuals) kept the lights on because they got help paying their utility bills. 1,176 people were able to stay healthy because they received assistance paying for prescriptions. Some 16,781 households (52,392 adults and kids) received food assistance.*
2,808 households (total 8,581 individuals) received assistance
- 308 households (855 individuals) received rent or mortgage assistance
- 2,466 households (7,535 individuals) received food assistance*
7,491 households (19,080 individuals) received assistance
- 734 households (2,368 individuals) avoided eviction
- 588 households (1,919 individuals) got help with utility bills
- 262 households (332 individuals) received prescription assistance
- 3,609 households (12,169 individuals) accessed emergency food*
10,896 households (30,276 individuals) received assistance
- 1,376 households (3,967 individuals) avoided eviction
- 691 households (2,009 individuals) got help with utility bills
- 592 individuals got help with prescriptions
- 7,743 households (23,640 individuals) received emergency food*
4,271 households (12,191 individuals) received assistance
- 990 households (2,807 individuals) received rent/mortgage assistance
- 251 individuals got help paying for prescriptions
- 2,963 households (9,048 individuals) accessed emergency food*
Emergency food totals reflect assistance received through September 2011.
If you need help with emergency food, rent, utilities, or medicine, call 211 on any phone to talk for free to an information referral specialist who can help connect you to available services, or visit 211info.org.