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.

United Way Statement Against Violence

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

At United Way, we are working hard to build a region that lives up to the ideals of inclusion, opportunity and racial equity. We believe hate has no place in our communities. Now, more than ever, is the time to stand united. That’s why we’ve joined a coalition of our community partners, local businesses and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, in publicly denouncing the groups planning to spread hateful rhetoric and violence in Portland on August 17.