We just funded 11 Central Oregon nonprofits in response to COVID-19

Plus we received additional $30,000 from Oregon Community Foundation for our COVID-19 Response Fund.


From our newly-launched local COVID-19 Response Fund, we at United Way have already rapidly directed $50,000 to 11 Central Oregon nonprofits that are providing emergency assistance and essential services to the individuals and families most impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19.


Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), through its Oregon Community Recovery Fund, contributed $30,000 to United Way in Central Oregon’s COVID-19 Response Fund as part of OCF’s rapid deployment of resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.


“In this critical moment, it’s going to take all of us—foundations, nonprofits, and private sector and government at all levels—working together to contain this crisis and care for our neighbors,” said Julie Gregory, OCF’s Regional Director for Central Oregon. “We know that local communities are on the front lines of this crisis. Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting them, helping to fill the gaps in funding that have quickly become critical across the state.”


We have already distributed monies from our local Response Fund to 11 Central Oregon nonprofits. These are organizations providing services to reach individuals and families facing the greatest immediate need in our region, many of whom were already, before COVID-19, living on incomes amounting to less than what it takes to survive in our local economy.


Thus far, United Way has funded the following agencies through its local COVID-19 Response Fund: Council on Aging of Central Oregon (Meals on Wheels) ($5,000) and Latino Community Association ($5,000) serving all 3 Central Oregon counties, as well as St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County ($5,000), L.I.N.C. Madras (Jefferson County) ($5,000), Warm Springs Community Action Team ($5,000), and serving Deschutes County: St. Vincent de Paul in La Pine Food Bank ($2,500), La Pine Senior Activity Center ($2,500), Jericho Road of Redmond ($5,000), Sisters Family Access Network (FAN) ($5,000), UPCAP in Three Rivers ($5,000), and the Giving Plate in Bend ($5,000).


United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund was created to deliver immediate help to those in Central Oregon who need it right now. The Fund was seeded with a $50,000 donation from PacificSource Health Plans, to help our community’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations.


As a longstanding yet nimble local nonprofit, we at United Way in Central Oregon, are able to rapidly evolve our priorities to be immediately responsive to new community needs formed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than supporting just one person or one charity, we unite individuals and combines resources to spread funds across all of Central Oregon to address this crisis for those hardest hit right now. Our local COVID-19 Response Fund mobilizes nonprofits across all of Central Oregon to address immediate COVID-19-related hardships.


Make a Donation:

100% of donations to our local COVID-19 Response Fund are being distributed to community agencies. No administrative fees are being deducted from donations to this Fund. Your neighbors need your generosity in the wake of COVID-19. Give now.

PacificSource donation launched our local Central OR COVID-19 Response Fund

This funding is addressing immediate needs in Central Oregon resulting from the pandemic.


We at United Way in Central Oregon have established a local Community COVID-19 Response Fund – seeded with a donation of $50,000 from PacificSource Health Plans. This Response Fund is delivering immediate help to those who need it right now.


United Way’s COVID-19 Response funding mobilizes nonprofits across our region (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties and the lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) to help individuals and families. Funds are being distributed to local nonprofit organizations that are providing emergency assistance and essential services to those who are most impacted by economic consequences caused directly by COVID-19.


“The partnership between our local United Way and Pacificsource is a natural one in this time of crisis,” says Ken Wilhelm, United Way’s Executive Director.


At United Way, our primary role and responsibility is to ensure community members are cared for. And as a community-based health plan, PacificSource cares deeply about the communities where their members work, live, and raise their families.


As COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on us all, and especially those in vulnerable populations, PacificSource has partnered with us at United Way in this effort to provide emergency support to those most in need, knowing that United Way is the local nonprofit best-positioned to receive and quickly pivot to turn around funds based on emerging needs.


Both United Way and PacificSource are here to help – directing efforts and resources to where they will have the greatest impact for our community’s most vulnerable.


Make a Donation:

Help your fellow Central Oregon community members in the wake of COVID-19. Your neighbors in need urgently need your generosity. 100% of donations to the local Central Oregon Community COVID-19 Response Fund will be distributed to community agencies and no administrative fees will be deducted from donations to this Fund. Give Now.


About United Way:

United Way in Central Oregon is a nimble and longstanding local nonprofit that houses the resources, expertise, and reputation to rapidly evolve priorities in order to be immediately responsive to new community needs formed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than supporting just one person or one charity, our local United Way unites individuals and combines resources to spread the funds across all of Central Oregon to address this crisis – now and in the days, weeks, and months to come. For 67 years, we at our local United Way has been focused on fixing imbalances for today’s kids so that when they are tomorrow’s adults, they can thrive. We are also the backbone organization for the TRACEs collective action social movement working to improve health and wellbeing in our region through building resilience in individuals, families and our community. Money raised here, stays right here and serves this community. To learn more about how to be involved or to donate, call 541.389.6507 or email info@deschutesunitedway.org.


About PacificSource Health Plans:

PacificSource Community Solutions is a Coordinated Care Organization and part of the PacificSource family of companies. PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1400 people, serves more than 500,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.