A Safe Place to Call Home

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Two years ago, Happy Star and her children didn’t know where they were going to sleep from one night to the next. See how support from donors like you, made all the difference.

Volunteers Knit Handmade Goods for Families in Need

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

As temperatures drop, we see hats, scarves and sweaters pulled from the depths of our closets, ready to brave the cold months ahead. But for vulnerable families in our community, the availability of winter gear can be hard to come by – especially for young kids who need it the most.

United Way Welcomes Heather Guthrie as Chair of Board of Directors

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

Portland, Oregon – United Way of the Columbia‐Willamette (UWCW) welcomes Heather Guthrie as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Heather has served on the Board for five years, including as Vice Chair last year, and her dedication to our region’s kids and families propelled her nomination for Chair to the top.

United Way Pledges to Reduce Poverty

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

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 Statement: No on Measure 105

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

At United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, we’ve been bringing our community together to do good for nearly 100 years. We work every day with hundreds of organizations to make sure we have communities and schools that welcome and support all kids and families in our region – especially the kids and families facing the steepest barriers: immigrants and refugees, families of color and low-income families.

Celebrating Parent Voice

Monday, Sep. 10, 2018
The Parent Accountability Council (PAC) is an important part of our Early Learning Multnomah initiative. Through PAC parents share their voice and help guide our early learning investments. This year marks PAC's 4th anniversary serving our community. Take a look at all of their incredible achievements. 

A is for Accountability

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Just over a year ago, I joined United Way’s Early Learning Multnomah team to help grow membership on the Parent Accountability Council. During this time I’ve witnessed the power parents can have in improving early learning systems and why accountability is key.

When Parents Lead, Kids Succeed

Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018
It wasn’t that long ago that Lam Hoang felt isolated and alone, having moved to Multnomah County from her home in Vietnam. Since then she's emerged as a parent leader in the community, sharing her experience and voice to ensure children of color have every opportunity to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.

Hopeful for My Daughter's Future

Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018

Forced to leave her home in Ethiopia for fear of persecution, Danait landed in Portland four years ago as part of the refugee resettlement program. She left her home country including her family and friends, without being able to bring any personal possessions or even prepare herself for life in a new culture.

Home Is Where You Keep Your Belongings

Monday, May. 7, 2018

Two years ago, Stephanie, a single parent, found herself in an unimaginable situation. Despite having a full time job Stephanie couldn’t afford rent in Washington County, and she and her six year old daughter, Teja, became homeless.