Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Madeline Jaross is extremely passionate about her job. Although she spends her days in the back office, her personal journey has connected her more deeply than most to the work at United Way. We asked her to reflect on that journey and how her lived experiences connect to her work.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
On October 17th we're joining millions of people across the world in recognizing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and our shared commitment to eliminating poverty for kids and families. Here are four ways we're making schools, families and stronger for kids in our region.
Friday, Sep. 23, 2016
Through Preschool Promise 1,300 kids across the state will now have access to quality preschool. United Way co-leads two early learning hubs that received Preschool Promise funds and are helping to open preschool slots for more low-income kids and kids of color right here in our own backyard.
Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2016
Between September 15 and October 15 of each year, our nation pays tribute to the Hispanic and Latino community during Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the impact individuals with this shared identity have made in the U.S. At United Way, the Latino Employee Resource Group has played an important role in shaping our workplace.
Wednesday, May. 11, 2016
As Director of Community Collaborations and Investments here at United Way, Mayra Arreola is a tireless advocate for underserved communities and highly visible presence in our work to break the cycle of poverty in our region. We asked her to reflect on recently becoming a U.S. citizen and how her lived experiences connect to her work.
Tuesday, May. 10, 2016
April was National Volunteer Month, and it was more evident than ever that the Portland region is powered by a strong spirit of generosity. Individuals, businesses and nonprofits came together to make some truly magical stuff happen in our communities.
Thursday, May. 5, 2016
We believe every kid should arrive at kindergarten ready for school success. Registering on-time is vital to ensuring kids and families have the opportunity to connect with their school and teachers and have access to important summer activities.
Monday, Mar. 28, 2016
Despite our good intentions to date, another generation of kids and families is being left behind. Right here, in our own backyard. That’s why I applaud the Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners for taking an important step forward in the way we invest resources in the SUN Service System.
Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
Oregon ranks dead last in the country in EITC participation. In 2012, just 73% of families in Oregon who qualified for the credit actually claimed it, leaving $124 million on the table that would have helped over 106,000 working families make ends meet. We're working hard to change this.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Over 1,800 volunteers poured their energy into 72 different projects in our region over MLK Weekend, tackling a diverse range of projects that included transforming school playgrounds, socializing shelter dogs, planting trees, cleaning donated children’s books and sewing blankets for children in need.
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
We know firsthand that nonprofits in our region rely on volunteers to meet their missions. What better way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy than to join more than 1,500 of your friends and neighbors and volunteer during United Way's MLK Weekend of Service.
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Dozens of community leaders gathered on November 9 to officially launch Successful Families 2020, a community partnership designed to improve graduation rates and college preparedness for kids of color in our region.
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Over 100,000 kids live in poverty, right here, in our region. It's an issue we can't afford to ignore. That’s why we set an audacious goal - cut poverty in our four counties in half by 2025.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
The evidence is resounding - early exposure to books is critical to a child’s long-term educational success. When kids start school behind, they rarely catch up. A unique partnership between Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Community Action and Early Learning Washington County - an initiative co-led by United Way - is working to close the gap.