Here's How Your Gift Works Each Day

Your gift to United Way does more than you can imagine.

In our 2014 grant cycle, United Way combined your donations to human service agencies, designations to various programs via donor-directed funds, and leveraged other resources to invest $661,547 back into our communities. This translates into support for 77 human service programs, three neighboring United Ways, and 34 agencies through United Way granting programs.

This also included support for our broad-based Community Impact initiatives like 2-1-1 and 211info.org, which is being strengthened by new hiring, thanks to United Way. But the resource investment in United Way Community Impact goes well beyond money. United Way is also involved in efforts bigger than ours. Members of our staff have been asked to serve in many key roles:

  • United Way Executive Director Jennifer Moore was appointed to the Governing Board of the Linn Benton-Lincoln Early Learning Hub.
  • United Way staff have been appointed to the Benton County Homeless Oversight Committee
  • The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners appointed United Way as an organizational member of its Public Health Advisory Committee
  • We work closely with the Lincoln County Mental Health Advisory Committee and serve on a County Task Force to re-establish mental health respite and detox facilities in LIncoln County
  • United Way initiatiaves like use of 2-1-1 are included in Lincoln County's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
  • United Way was a founding member of the Newport Donation Center (which serves all of Lincoln County) and serves on its Steering Committee

United Way Community Impact work is underway in Benton County and we are now engaged in fact-finding in Lincoln County. The Benton County goal is to “Break the Cycle of Childhood Poverty by Creating a Cycle of Family Stability,” and we are developing community-wide strategies for measureable change in concert with many community partners.

Thanks to United Way, 2-1-1 helped 5,419 of your neighbors with information and resources, ranging from heating assistance to medical care to relief from food insecurity during the 12 month period ending June 30, 2014. More than 2,400 people saved nearly $222,000 through September 2014 on prescriptions with the prescription discount card (no registration, no income requirement, and no hassle) from our national partner, FamilyWize.

516 volunteers were deployed for a combined total of 1,540 hours of service across both counties, benefitting 36 organizations, in three separate Day of Caring events. Adding in other volunteer work done by United Way staff and volunteers, the total volume of hours is close to 10,000, carrying a value of more than $200,000.

Thanks to United Way, your contribution stays local, and has a broad Community Impact for widespread benefit, providing immediate, positive changes in the lives of individuals when they need it the most. Together, we continue to help individuals and families achieve their best potential through education, financial stability and human health.

See? Your gift does more than you know. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED.