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. 

Early Learning

Preschool Promise Begins in September

Friday, Sep. 23, 2016

Through Preschool Promise 1,300 kids across the state will now have access to quality preschool. United Way co-leads two early learning hubs that received Preschool Promise funds and are helping to open preschool slots for more low-income kids and kids of color right here in our own backyard. 

Team Member Spotlight: Latino Employee Resource Group

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2016

Between September 15 and October 15 of each year, our nation pays tribute to the Hispanic and Latino community during Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the impact individuals with this shared identity have made in the U.S. At United Way, the Latino Employee Resource Group has played an important role in shaping our workplace.

Team Member Spotlight: Mayra Arreola

Wednesday, May. 11, 2016

As Director of Community Collaborations and Investments here at United Way, Mayra Arreola is a tireless advocate for underserved communities and highly visible presence in our work to break the cycle of poverty in our region. We asked her to reflect on recently becoming a U.S. citizen and how her lived experiences connect to her work.


Local Community Crushes National Volunteer Month

Tuesday, May. 10, 2016

April was National Volunteer Month, and it was more evident than ever that the Portland region is powered by a strong spirit of generosity. Individuals, businesses and nonprofits came together to make some truly magical stuff happen in our communities.

Early Learning

Register for Kindergarten by June 1

Thursday, May. 5, 2016

We believe every kid should arrive at kindergarten ready for school success. Registering on-time is vital to ensuring kids and families have the opportunity to connect with their school and teachers and have access to important summer activities.

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.

Early Learning

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.

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