COVID-19 Report: Building a Path from Relief to Resiliency

Thanks to you, families hit hard by COVID-19 were able to access critical services, including short-term housing assistance, utilities assistance and access to food.

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United Way opposes the Census being cut-short

We stand with 500 other nonprofit philanthropy institutions opposed to cutting the #2020Census short in the midst of a pandemic.

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COVID-19, resources and ways to help

Learn how your local United Way and you, can provide support for families in need during this crisis.

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Census Equity Fund of Oregon: Funding an Equitable 2020 Census Count

Learn how The Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon (CEFCO) is working to create an inclusive Census count for 2020.

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For 100 years, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has been on the ground helping those in need. We have a simple, ambitious vision – to invest in our region’s kids so they are free from poverty, free to learn, grow and reach their potential.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, we quickly responded to the surge in demand for social services. With vetted nonprofit partners across our four counties (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington Counties, OR and Clark County, WA), we quickly mobilized a Community Safety Net to provide vulnerable families with access to critical services such as short-term housing assistance, utilities assistance and access to food.

We are grateful to donors and community members like you who continue to support us during this unprecedented time of need.

The pandemic continues to test our community and collective strength. As we shift to a path toward resiliency, we remain committed to racial equity in our mission and work, and our longstanding partnerships with culturally-specific as well as culturally-responsive organizations to ensure our recovery efforts reach the families and communities being hit the hardest by COVID-19.

Find out how your support has helped our community in our COVID-19 report.


COVID-19 Resources

United Way’s Safety Net funding mobilizes nonprofits across our four counties (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark, WA) to help individuals and families meet their basic needs.

If you or someone close to you is need of access to support services and programs such as food assistance, rent and utility assistance, childcare, healthcare, etc. during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact or dial 2-1-1. We also compiled a list of resources from government agencies, partner organizations and media outlets to help you navigate this crisis:

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Supporting the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census faces unprecedented challenges. With underfunding that has led to substantial cuts in outreach to groups who have been historically underrepresented, United Way of the Columbia Willamette (UWCW) is committed to a fair and accurate census count and acknowledges the best chance to achieve this is through targeting Hard to Count (HTC) communities.

UWCW is serving as the fiscal agent and backbone agency for the Census Equity Fund, working with a collaborative of philanthropic organizations forming the Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon (CEFCO). CEFCO is supporting the community’s capacity for census engagement with HTC communities.

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