All Our Kids Deserve a Bright Future: A Response to DACA Changes

Friday, Sep. 8, 2017

In recent days, we have seen how changing politics can turn a child’s world upside down. At United Way, we are working toward a community where kids can reach their potential. All kids. Kids who are newcomers here; kids who were born here; kids who see their future here.  

From Gratitude to Service: Meet New Board Chair Sean Edwards

Friday, Sep. 8, 2017

“It’s important to me to give back to a community that provided so much to me while growing up here. I grew up in a single parent household of limited means. My mom often had to choose between paying utilities and the mortgage,” he remembered. “I’m grateful that our community then helped with utility bills and provided meals for us during the most difficult times.”

Statement in Response to Charlottesville

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

At United Way, we are working hard to build a region that lives up to the ideals of inclusion, opportunity and equity. We believe white supremacy has no rightful place in America.

Early Learning

Hard Work Pays Off for Somali Preschool

Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

Bashir’s family fled violence in his home country of Somalia when he was seven years old. He spent 18 years in a Kenyan refugee camp before his family was able to come to the United States through the refugee resettlement program. Almost immediately after he arrived, he got to work giving back to his new community.

Early Learning

Freeing the Future: Transforming Education from Preschool to Graduation

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Thanks to Preschool Promise funds facilitated by United Way's early learning hubs, 359 more kids like Yan Soe in Multnomah and Washington Counties have gained access to early learning opportunities this school year. They’re now getting free preschool with high-quality providers who speak their language and know their culture.

United Way Responds to Recent Executive Orders

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

The recent executive orders from President Trump create fear and uncertainty for us and many of our neighbors throughout our region. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is committed to making sure we have communities, homes and schools that welcome and work for everyone. Read our full response here. 


Children's Book Bank: A Mission Fueled by Volunteers

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

“That every book is treated with such love and care and intention sends a message to families who are receiving the books that you are valued, you are loved, you are a part of our community.” 


Volunteer Spotlight: Jalaja Uppili

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

“You feel like you are helping carry on the legacy [toward] equality. If you help others, they’re going to be helpful to somebody else. You build community that way.”

Team Member Spotlight: Madeline Jaross

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Madeline Jaross is extremely passionate about her job. Although she spends her days in the back office, her personal journey has connected her more deeply than most to the work at United Way. We asked her to reflect on that journey and how her lived experiences connect to her work.

Early Learning

Four Ways We're Investing in our Region's Kids

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

On October 17th we're joining millions of people across the world in recognizing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and our shared commitment to eliminating poverty for kids and families. Here are four ways we're making schools, families and stronger for kids in our region. 

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