This year marked the 25th anniversary recognizing October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. With this year's theme centering on human rights, dignity and inclusion, there was an emphasis on the way in which people living in poverty are "disproportionately affected by many human rights violations."1 Under a lens of equity, this year's End Poverty Day was advocating bringing awareness to poverty in our own communities, encouraging everyone to come together to play a part. 

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette supported the efforts of End Poverty Day by spreading awareness within our own region, emphasizing our aligned mission to reducing poverty among kids and families in our community while maintaining a less of equity and inclusion. 

We asked our United Way team, both in our office and on the Board of Directors, to take the #UnitedToEndPoverty pledge -- a pledge dedicated to finding new solutions for reducing poverty in our region. With over a dozen community members taking a pledge, United Way continues to take action in investing in our regions kids. Take a look at some of our pledges below and see the rest here:

Pledges from our Board Members and President and CEO Keith Thomajan
Pledges from United Way Staff Members

How can you help reduce poverty in your community? Let us know in the comments below. 

1. United Nations, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty