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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Kotan

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

April is National Volunteer Month! Hands On Greater Portland, United Way's volunteer program, is lucky to claim the support of thousands of dedicated local volunteers. We sat down with longtime volunteer leader Larry Kotan to hear about what motivates him to give back.

The Power of Culture

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
Part of our work at United Way has been understanding the ways systems (educational; economic; health) do or don’t meet the needs of today’s kids and families. A close and honest look quickly reveals an uncomfortable truth: virtually all of our modern systems have been shaped by a history of structural racism and disenfranchisement.

Press Release: United Way Announces Partnership with CASH Oregon

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018
United Way and CASH Oregon are partnering this tax season to increase the number of Oregonians receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit. Last year UWCW and partners helped over 18,122 working families receive more than $21.6 million in tax credits for food, rent and other basic needs.

Safety Net Support Creates Long-Term Impact for Local Families

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Three years ago Katrina was desperate to find a place to live for her and her son, Adan. She was determined to turn her life around after suffering years of abuse, trauma and addiction, but had no credit and was facing a mountain of debt. Three years later she’s working full time, studying accounting and Adan is thriving.

United Way Launches United for Impact

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Poverty is complicated and we know we can’t fix it on our own. That's why we're launching United for Impact, which aims to showcase the collective work to invest in our region’s kids so they are free from poverty in order to be free to reach their potential.