United Way Statement: Response to the Recent Shootings in New Zealand

Friday, Mar. 15, 2019

We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s violence in New Zealand.  At United Way, we abhor violence in any form, particularly when it is connected to divisiveness, bigotry, hate, and racism.  We feel fortunate to be working locally in partnership with individuals, organizations, and communities that actively recognize the strengths we have in our diversity, and that are working to build an equitable and inclusive region for peoples from all races, religions, cultures, and communities.  

A Farewell to Mindy Coolidge, Program Director of Hands on Greater Portland

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019

After over 15 years, United Way is saying good-bye to Hands On Greater Portland Program Director Mindy Coolidge. 

Mindy has an unyielding commitment to volunteerism in her community and has made tremendous efforts to expand the horizon of United Way's volunteer program. Playing an integral role in recruiting thousands of volunteers each year, Mindy has grown Hands On Greater Portland exponentially, while organizing volunteer events and, of course, providing her own service to our region as well. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Camille Bell

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

Days after MLK Weekend of Service 2019 has come to an end, Dr. King's message of giving back has still remained at the forefront of our community. Hands on Greater Portland, a volunteer program of United Way, has brought in thousands of volunteers over the years, and they have all played integral roles in adding value back into our region by providing their dedicated time. We sat down with volunteer leader Camille Bell to hear about what motivates her to be part of this important program. 

Top 5 Moments in 2018

Monday, Dec. 31, 2018
As we head into the New Year, we hope you'll take a moment to reflect on how your support made our region a better place for everyone. Here are the top five moments you made possible.

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.