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United Way serving Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties 


United Way makes strategic investments to meet need today and prevent problems from happening in the first place. Our Community Impact Committees support direct service programs and initiatives that meet our goals in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health. We also make long-term preventative funding available to initiatives designed to Break the Cycle of Childhood Poverty in Benton and Lincoln Counties.

We invest in people - people who want to be self-sufficient, and who will succeed when they have the opportunity. These are people like you, but who may just need a hand up, to get back in the game.


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COMMUNITY INVESTMENT--Breaking the Cycle of Childhood Poverty

2016 Breaking the Cycle - Benton

2016  Breaking the Cycle - Lincoln



United Way supports a variety of programs that connect people in need with the building blocks for a stable and healthy life. We leverage your gift with others and put the dollars to use where they are needed most, and are the most effective. Your contributions stay here, directly improving lives in Benton and Lincoln County communities.

Funding decisions are driven by a diverse pool of volunteers from corporate partners, community leaders, and United Way leadership who collectively contribute nearly 2,000 hours towards the process each year.

2017 Meeting Basic Needs - Benton             2017 Meeting Basic Needs - Lincoln

2016 Meeting Basic Needs -  Benton            2016 Meeting Basic Needs - Lincoln


COMMUNITY INVESTMENT--City of Corvallis Social Service Fund

Under contract to the City of Corvallis, United Way manages the allocation process for the City’s Social Service Fund (SSF). The SSF provides funding according to criteria in the Social Service Funding Policy, Council Policy 00-6.05, section 6.05.050. 

Although funding priorities differ, the same process is used for both the United Way and City SSF grant cycles. Programs awarded through the Social Service Fund cycle provide emergency or transitional services to Corvallis residents.

2017 Corvallis Social Service Fund awards

2016 Corvallis Social Service Fund awards


COMMUNITY INVESTMENT -- Emergency Food and Shelter Program  (EFSP)

United Way administers the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in our two-county service area. Although funding decisions are made by local volunteers, the amount of EFSP funds available to each county are allocated by Congress, not by United Way.

EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies to help people with economic emergencies. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

United Way convenes the Local Board(s) to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Priorities are assessed annually to adapt to changing community conditions and emergent needs.

Phase 34 funding (2017):
Benton - 11 programs at 8 agencies ($33,767)
Lincoln - 5 programs at 5 agencies ($12,715)