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United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has been bringing our community together to do good for nearly 100 years.

We connect the people, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies addressing poverty in our region.

Our Mission

Improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity by mobilizing the caring power of people across our metro area.

We’re working hard to create a future where kids in our region are free from instability and worry so they can be free to play and discover, free to learn and grow. 
Free from poverty. Free to reach their potential.

Right now, 20% of kids in the Portland region live in poverty.

That’s 1 in 5 kids whose families must choose between:
• Rent or groceries
• Heat or healthcare
• New clothes or TriMet fare

We won’t accept this. 

Together, we can make our region a better place for everyone.

With your support, we will continue to accomplish a lot for kids, families and communities:

• More kindergarteners will show up prepared for school. 
• Kids who need help the most will stay in school and graduate on-time. 
• Families' basic needs will be met so their kids can focus in school. 
• We’ll keep connecting 1000s of volunteers to things that matter in our region.

These strategies work when our community is UNITED behind them. Thank you for investing in our region’s kids. 

Together, we are UNITED FOR IMPACT.

Join Us: Lend your voice and spread the word about investing in the potential of our region’s kids.

Volunteer: Spend time working directly on projects that benefit kids the most. 

Give: Support our collective effort making schools, families and communities stronger for kids.