United Way statement in response to George Floyd's death

Friday, May. 29, 2020

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette believes that in order to achieve racial equity, we must unite as a society and commit to systemic change. Recent incidents involving violence and threats against African Americans expose the persistent and underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

We condemn the brutality that led to the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our hearts go out in deepest sympathy to his family and the Minneapolis community.

Celebrating Global Volunteer Month in the face of COVID-19

Monday, Apr. 27, 2020
April 2020 is the first-ever “Global Volunteer Month” to recognize the thousands of people around the world who serve their own communities – and in light of COVID-19, as a galvanizing moment to inspire and activate the next generation of volunteers who will help support the most vulnerable populations in the weeks and months ahead. During difficult times like we are facing now, I look to the dedicated individuals that support hundreds of nonprofit organizations and provide valuable service for inspiration. The beautiful thing is that volunteerism has never been easier to take part in.

COVID-19, resources and ways to help

Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020

Our country has faced many difficult situations over the years – disasters and economic crises – but nothing quite like this one. It’s why we prepare. For 100 years, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has been the place where our community joins together to help one another. We always take care of our community and we always emerge stronger than before.

Coronavirus Statement: What We Are Doing

Friday, Mar. 13, 2020

To Our Families, Partners and Community,

At United Way of the Columbia-Willamette we are dedicated to making our region a better place for everyone. We, like so many of our nonprofit and corporate partners, are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of coronavirus across our communities. 

Inspired by MLK Weekend of Service

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Hello and Aloha!
I am delighted to be in Portland having recently joined United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (UWCW) as its President and CEO in mid-December of 2019. Previously, I was with Aloha United Way in Honolulu.

Understanding Community Needs: A Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
Rain or shine, Paj is one of seven Community Researchers out surveying residents in the Albina and Rockwood neighborhoods to learn about the experiences and priorities of families with children. Since the launch of the survey on November 30, 2019, United Way Community Researchers have knocked on more than 2,500 doors, making contact with over 850 families.

Top 5 Moments of 2019

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019
As we head into the New Year, we hope you'll take a moment to reflect on how your support helped kids and families thrive. Here are the top five moments you made possible.

Gaining Daily Inspiration Through Volunteering

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019

I've been in Portland, Oregon almost 20 years now, half of my lifetime, so to say the least, I consider Portland my second home. And I want to make sure that I leave this place better than when I first got here, so I began volunteering.

I've come to the understanding now that life is not about me, it's about we.