Hard Work Pays Off for Somali Preschool

Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017
Bashir’s family fled violence in his home country of Somalia when he was seven years old. He spent 18 years in a Kenyan refugee camp before his family was able to come to the United States through the refugee resettlement program. Almost immediately after he arrived, he got to work giving back to his new community.

Freeing the Future: Transforming Education from Preschool to Graduation

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Thanks to Preschool Promise funds facilitated by United Way's early learning hubs, 359 more kids like Yan Soe in Multnomah and Washington Counties have gained access to early learning opportunities this school year. They’re now getting free preschool with high-quality providers who speak their language and know their culture.

United Way Responds to Recent Executive Orders

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
The recent executive orders from President Trump create fear and uncertainty for us and many of our neighbors throughout our region. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is committed to making sure we have communities, homes and schools that welcome and work for everyone. Read our full response here. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jalaja Uppili

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
“You feel like you are helping carry on the legacy [toward] equality. If you help others, they’re going to be helpful to somebody else. You build community that way.”

Team Member Spotlight: Madeline Jaross

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.

Four Ways We're Investing in our Region's Kids

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. 

Preschool Promise Begins in September

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. 

Team Member Spotlight: Latino Employee Resource Group

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.

Team Member Spotlight: Mayra Arreola

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.