Multnomah County Leaders are Matching Smart Action to Good Intention

Monday, Mar. 28, 2016
Despite our good intentions to date, another generation of kids and families is being left behind. Right here, in our own backyard. That’s why I applaud the Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners for taking an important step forward in the way we invest resources in the SUN Service System.

Low-income Oregon Families Miss Out on Millions in Tax Credits

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
Oregon ranks dead last in the country in EITC participation. In 2012, just 73% of families in Oregon who qualified for the credit actually claimed it, leaving $124 million on the table that would have helped over 106,000 working families make ends meet. We're working hard to change this.

Volunteers Create Big Impact During MLK Weekend of Service

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Over 1,800 volunteers poured their energy into 72 different projects in our region over MLK Weekend, tackling a diverse range of projects that included transforming school playgrounds, socializing shelter dogs, planting trees, cleaning donated children’s books and sewing blankets for children in need.

Volunteer during MLK Weekend of Service

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
We know firsthand that nonprofits in our region rely on volunteers to meet their missions. What better way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy than to join more than 1,500 of your friends and neighbors and volunteer during United Way's MLK Weekend of Service.

Community Collaboration Delivers Mobile Libraries to Child Care Providers

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
The evidence is resounding - early exposure to books is critical to a child’s long-term educational success. When kids start school behind, they rarely catch up. A unique partnership between Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Community Action and Early Learning Washington County - an initiative co-led by United Way - is working to close the gap.

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Wells Fargo

Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015
You may see a bank. We see a philanthropic community superhero. For six years in a row, Wells Fargo has led the largest United Way workplace giving campaign in the United States. In 2014, employees donated a whopping $97.7 million to 30,000 nonprofits and schools across the nation.

Meet Petrona

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
This fall Petrona will be the first member of her family to attend college, a future that she hadn’t considered until she received mentorship and support from Adelante Mujeres, a United Way Community Strengthening partner that provides education and empowerment opportunities to low-income Latina women and their families.

Financial Education Classes Provided for Somali Bantu Refugee Families

Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015
On a warm June morning, a small community room in Beaverton is alive with chatter. A group of Somali Bantu women in vibrant dresses are pouring tea and coffee for one another, doling out small pastries and carrying on spirited conversation, laughing and speaking with waving hands and animated expressions. 

Volunteers Transform Glenfair Elementary on Comcast Cares Day

Friday, May. 29, 2015

On April 25, over 350 volunteers applied a formidable amount of elbow grease to dozens of projects at Glenfair Elementary, one of 11 elementary schools in the Reynolds School District. At the end of the day, Glenfair had a new jogging path, eleven garden beds, black top murals, fresh paint, and every single classroom was cleaned and shined.

Is Breaking The Cycle of Childhood Poverty Really Possible?

Wednesday, May. 13, 2015
Before you read another word, let me confess that I don’t have the answer to the title of this post. You’re not going to find a magical silver bullet in these words that will heal a complex and systemic, yet very personal challenge, facing our community. There are those with far more expertise who can attempt to address that subject.