We have distributed $135,000 for local COVID-19 Emergency Response!

That includes $23,000 for 3 additional Central Oregon nonprofit programs!

 Since the local Central Oregon COVID-19 Response Fund’s inception in March of this year, we have awarded $135,000 to 29 local and regional nonprofit programs that are meeting emergency needs and providing essential services for our community’s most vulnerable, deducting no administrative fees.

Most recently, we’ve funded 3 additional nonprofit programs with $23,000 in grant monies. They are: Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon ($10,000), J Bar J Youth Services ($5,000), and St. Vincent de Paul of La Pine ($8,000).

Our complete list of COVID-19 Partners can be found listed HERE.

As clearinghouse for COVID-19 donations in our region, we are the most reliable agency with capacity to reach our most marginalized community members. As a community leader with a deep and longstanding familiarity of agencies serving Central Oregon’s most vulnerable, we are now pivoting towards ongoing needs that members of our community and the agencies that serve them will face in adapting to the pandemic. We have created a local COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund. Learn more HERE.

We’re hiring a new role: TRACEs Movement Director!

This position will lead the movement to build resilience in Central Oregon!

Recruitment has opened for the position of TRACEs Director.

TRACEs is a region-wide partnership in Central Oregon tackling the root causes of major social concerns such as suicide, depression, chronic diseases, incarceration, lost productivity, low performance in schools, and more.

We at United Way serve as the collective action backbone for TRACEs, a movement representing 100+ nonprofits, agencies, and individuals in Jefferson, Crook, and Deschutes Counties, and on the lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Together our collective impact aims to break the cycle of generational poverty and historical oppression.

TRACEs partners share a devotion to nurturing resilience and to reducing the effects of trauma, a root cause of challenges faced by many in our community.

This position presents a unique opportunity for a passionate and dedicated person to make a lasting mark on the future of the TRACEs movement and the health and welfare of our region. The TRACEs Director will lead the TRACEs movement, with a mission to create conditions that nurture resilience in Central Oregon.

The TRACEs Director will guide and facilitate the implementation of TRACEs strategies, while coordinating with community partners. This position will amplify and prioritize marginalized voices and community-led priorities, connect stakeholders across sectors and communities, all the while aligning efforts to nurture resilience. Facilitation of the Children & Youth in Foster Care Workgroup, developing and sustaining Learning Communities to advance the work, and providing evaluation measures for resilience building are also in this position’s purview. Trauma-informed policies and practices, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational components of the operational scope of the position.

Those interested in applying can find more information at HERE.

About United Way:

We fight for the health, education, financial stability, and resilience of EVERY person in our Central Oregon community and we are leading the TRACEs movement. As a convener, we bring together community leaders, government, other funders, nonprofits, and stakeholders, to collaborate and coordinate efforts to effectively address our most complicated social issues.

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The federal government has directed emergency funds to Deschutes County

These funds will assist local nonprofits in providing emergency food and shelter.

We at United Way in Central Oregon have been tasked with developing a distribution plan for over $182,000 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to nonprofits operating Deschutes County.

These funds were made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Contained within those $182,000 is over $107,000 that was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist with emergency food and shelter needs resulting from COVID-19.

Nonprofit agencies and government units with a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) operating in Deschutes County that have a demonstrated capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs are invited to apply for funds. Applicants must meet strict federal guidelines.

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 18, 2020. The application can be found HERE.

Those with questions should contact Kati Hannigan, Community Impact Associate at 541-389-6507 or kati@deschutesunitedway.org.

Our new local COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund addresses current & future needs

Local nonprofits are invited to apply for funds!

Although the Central Oregon economy may seem poised for a staged re-opening, the crisis is far from over. In many ways, the fallout of COVID-19 will hit our most vulnerable even harder in weeks and months and even years to come. And, the challenges that our friends, families and neighbors faced before the pandemic will remain long after.

Individuals and families will face challenges ranging from housing instability to food insecurity to mental health to childcare to domestic violence and child abuse. Local and regional nonprofit agencies will face new challenges brought about by COVID-19 in delivering essential services to our community’s most vulnerable and meeting their needs.

In response, we have created a Central Oregon COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund to address ongoing community needs resulting from COVID-19 – now and in the future.

Resilience refers to our ability to cope with stress, manage hardship, and adapt when traumatic circumstances occur.  Having served our region for 67 years, meeting needs through the ups and downs, we are committed to nurturing the resilient community that is Central Oregon. We are building resilience in individuals, families and our community as we adapt to challenges of COVID-19 and in recovering.

This new Fund was seeded with $13,000 from Dutch Bros Coffee, $5,000 from Mt. Bachelor Rotary, and $1,000 from Knife River, and continues to grow as community members contribute. Some have even donated their CARES Act stimulus checks.

We have invited local and regional nonprofits serving Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties, as well as the lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, to apply for grant funding. The streamlined application, which is due by 2 pm on May 22nd, can be found HERE.

About United Way:

With a deep and longstanding familiarity of local agencies serving Central Oregon’s most vulnerable, we have emerged as a clearinghouse for donations and best-equipped to meet new and ongoing community needs formed by COVID-19 – now and in the future. MAKE A DONATION.

Apply for a Grant:

For more information or to learn more about the Recovery & Resilience Fund grant application for regional nonprofits visit: https://www.unitedwaycentraloregon.org/central-oregon-covid-19-recovery-resilience/ or contact Kati Hannigan, Community Impact Associate at 541-389-6507 or kati@deschutesunitedway.org.


We just funded 3 more local nonprofits for COVID-19 Emergency Response!

26 nonprofits have been granted $112,000!

We’ve funded 3 more agencies that are providing essential services and meeting emergency needs for members of our community during this time of crisis.

Those 3 nonprofits are The Redmond Senior Center of Oregon (serving Redmond, Terrebonne, Crooked River Ranch, Powell Butte, Alfalfa, Eagle Crest and unincorporated areas in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties) ($5,000), Rimrock Trails Treatment Services (serving Crook and Deschutes Counties) ($5,000), and Westside Sisters Church Food Bank (serving Deschutes County) ($5,000).

Thus far, we have funded 26 local and regional nonprofits with $112,000 from our local Central Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, deducting no administrative fees.

We will continue to award grants weekly to local and regional agencies. Nonprofits across our region (Warm Springs, and Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties) are invited to apply. The grant application process is streamlined to expedite funding and can be found HERE.  https://www.unitedwaycentraloregon.org/central-oregon-covid-19-response-fund/.

About United Way:
We are the most reliable agency with capacity to reach our most marginalized community members. As a community leader, we are reliably accomplished in quickly mobilizing funding and distributing it where it has the greatest impact on the greatest need. With a deep and longstanding familiarity of local agencies serving Central Oregon’s most vulnerable, we have emerged as a clearinghouse for donations and best-equipped to meet new community needs formed by COVID-19.

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100% of donations to the local Central Oregon United Way COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund are distributed to community agencies to help those in our community who need it right now. GIVE NOW.