2020 was a historic year for us! We got a new name, a new grantmaking structure, new employees, and “TRACEs 2.0!”
February 12, 2021
2020 was a historic year, as it shone a spotlight on financial and racial inequalities in our region, in Oregon, and across the nation. Nearly 40% of Central Oregonians were already living on the edge before COVID-19. The pandemic and economic fallout deepened existing disparities. Having been a nonprofit grantmaking organization in our region for […]Read More
United Way of Central Oregon, along with other local United Ways, urges more transparency into UWW investigation and allegations
February 5, 2021
We are aware that United Way Worldwide has released a summary of the third-party inquiry carried out by a law firm investigating the allegations by multiple women describing harassment, improper conduct, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and other serious charges at United Way Worldwide. These allegations were deeply troubling to us at United Way of […]Read More
United Way of Central Oregon does not condone any type of harassment, intimidation or retaliation
December 9, 2020
United Way of Central Oregon is aware of an article recently published in the Huffington Post referencing allegations of misconduct at United Way Worldwide. Our organization was not provided prior notice of these charges before they were reported publicly, nor do we possess any knowledge concerning the specific allegations. We want to make one point […]Read More
We distributed $500,000 of City of Bend CARES Act funding!
October 30, 2020
The funding is to support vulnerable populations in Bend. In late July, the City of Bend allocated $500,000 to us at United Way of Central Oregon to assist vulnerable populations in the Bend community. The funding came from state-directed Coronavirus Relief Funds, which were part of the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) […]Read More
We’re kicking off our annual fundraising campaign today!
September 24, 2020
We’re raising funds to build resilience, reduce disparities, and increase equity in Central Oregon! We’re officially kicking off our annual community fundraising campaign today (Thursday, September 24th)! And, we’re raising funds to help members of the community who are most impacted by current crises to recover and to build resilience, and to help local nonprofits […]Read More
We’re driving the change that’s building a resilient Central Oregon.
September 22, 2020
The global pandemic, civil unrest across the nation, and Pacific Northwest wildfires have put a spotlight on financial and racial inequalities in our region and across the country. Inequities in our systems for health, education, employment, food access, and vulnerability to natural disasters. And, inequities in financial stability and opportunity for all. Nearly 40% of […]Read More
We’re funding Better Together’s School-Aged Child Initiative
September 3, 2020
We’re giving $100,000 help provide free or reduced full-day childcare in Bend! As part of our COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience efforts, we’re directing $100,000 to help alleviate the pressure felt by many families because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, that pressure is immense: 43% of the 8,000 K-5th grade children enrolled in Bend-La Pine School […]Read More
We just awarded another $160,000 in grants to 26 local nonprofits to facilitate COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience!
August 7, 2020
We just awarded $160,000 from our COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund to 26 local and regional nonprofits. Funds will support these agencies as they adapt in the age of COVID-19 to challenges in delivering services. Local and regional nonprofit agencies are facing new challenges brought about by COVID-19 in delivering essential services to our community’s […]Read More
The City of Bend is allocating $2.6 million of Coronavirus Relief Funds & we’re distributing $500,000!
July 30, 2020
The City of Bend is releasing $2.6 million of state-directed Coronavirus Relief Funds (from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding) to organizations that can support businesses, families and vulnerable populations. The City will rely on community partners to distribute most of the CARES Act funding that was intended to support local governments. […]Read More
We’ve changed our name to United Way of Central Oregon!
July 21, 2020
What’s in a name? For us, the answer is: a lot. We recently changed our name from United Way of Deschutes County to United Way of Central Oregon. The change reflects the regional catchment area that we have been serving for several years. Our influence touches all of Central Oregon: Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson […]Read More