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UNITED WAY WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS FOR 2015-16

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has welcomed 12 new members to its Board of Directors, now comprised of 35 leaders. The organization also installed officers and members of the Executive Committee for the 2015-16 fiscal year. United Way’s Board members are prominent corporate and community leaders who will lend their time, talent and expertise to further United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s mission to break the cycle of childhood poverty in our four-county region.

UNITED WAY REPORTS RECORD-BREAKING FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR 2014-15

Friday, June 5, 2015

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette announced the results of its record-breaking 2014-15 fundraising campaign before a captivated audience at the nonprofit’s annual “Spirit of Generosity” Awards held Wednesday night, while honoring the donors, companies and volunteers that contributed to the campaign’s success. The total raised -- $25.7 million -- set a new fundraising record for the nonprofit and an increase of $3.3 million over last year’s revenue.

United Way's >24 ("More than 24") Event Raises Support Valued Over $350,000

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette took its mission beyond the workplace last week with the second annual >24 (“More than 24”), a regional event designed to bring awareness and raise support to improve the lives of kids and families living in poverty across the four-county region. The week-long event included an online day-of-giving and volunteer opportunities in each of the four counties (Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah & Washington) United Way serves. Initial projections show that the event raised support valued at $357,895. This support includes $85,019 in donations and 12,409 volunteer hours valued at $272,876.

United Way's Second Annual >24 ("More than 24") Event Set for May 21st

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On May 21, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is bringing back >24 “More than 24,” a region-wide event designed to bring awareness and raise support to improve the lives of kids and families living in poverty across the four-county region. The event, which culminates in an online day-of-giving set to last from 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, to 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22 – just over 24 hours, includes a multitude of ways for the public to engage in United Way’s mission to break the cycle of childhood poverty.

Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Raising of America

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Pacific University will host a screening and panel discussion of the acclaimed new documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Pacific University in the Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette Launches "Infant-at-Work Program"

Monday, April 13, 2015

Employees of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, a nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty, will soon be able to take their newborn babies to work. The organization’s new “Infant at Work” program will enable new parents the option to bring their child to work with them until the child is 180-days-old or begins to crawl, whichever comes first.

United Way Awards $66,700 in Additional Grants through Youth United Fund

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette awarded an additional $66,700 in grants to support the nonprofit’s efforts to break the cycle of childhood poverty in the four-county region. The monies, a gift from Northwest Health Foundation on behalf of former President Thomas Aschenbrener, and named the “Youth United Fund at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette sponsored by Thomas Aschenbrener” will be distributed to eight deserving nonprofits that support youth from culturally-diverse or underserved populations who have encountered barriers to their success.

Over 1,600 Residents Honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Volunteer Service

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A total of 1,604 residents honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this past weekend through United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s annual MLK Weekend of Service. Volunteers contributed a total of 6,416 hours through 72 different volunteer projects throughout the four-county region. United Way’s Hands On Greater Portland team, the organizer of the weekend’s festivities, estimates the value of the volunteers’ service at $136,982, based on the estimated value of a volunteer’s time at $21.35* per hour.

Over 1,500 Volunteers Set to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Weekend

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Over 1,500 volunteers are set to volunteer this weekend across the greater Portland metro area through 70 unique volunteer opportunities in service to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Together, the volunteers are expected to lend nearly 6,000 hours of service, saving area nonprofits an estimated $120,000 in staff time, as calculated by the Independent Sector.

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