Poverty is complicated and we know we can’t fix it in our own. That's why we're launching United for Impact, which aims to showcase the collective work to invest in our region’s kids so they are free from poverty in order to be free to reach their potential.
Thinking small can indeed be the start of something big. That’s the potential that longtime United Way partner Wells Fargo saw in our Catalyst Fund Grants. What United Way of the Columbia-Willamette began five years ago as a way to propel new or burgeoning social programs forward has now dispersed $540,000 throughout the Portland metro region to improve services and systems for families in underserved communities.
In recent days, we have seen how changing politics can turn a child’s world upside down. At United Way, we are working toward a community where kids can reach their potential. All kids. Kids who are newcomers here; kids who were born here; kids who see their future here.
We support kids by working in close collaboration with non-profits that are there for them every day.
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“It’s important to me to give back to a community that provided so much to me while growing up here. I grew up in a single parent household of limited means. My mom often had to choose between paying utilities and the mortgage,” he remembered. “I’m grateful that our community then helped with utility bills and provided meals for us during the most difficult times.”
At United Way, we are working hard to build a region that lives up to the ideals of inclusion, opportunity and equity. We believe white supremacy has no rightful place in America. Yet recent scenes from Virginia reflect what roils uneasily within us as a nation, and remind us of similar dark chapters in our region’s history. While many in our nation express shock and disbelief, many people of color recognize bigotry as a too-...