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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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We stand in solidarity with worldwide protests demanding racial justice & Black Lives Matter movement.

July 7, 2020

In response to the police brutality and racism that caused the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people and people of color, we want to make it clear that we stand in solidarity with the worldwide protests demanding racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.   Our work […]

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COVID-19 Hit as Record Number of ALICE Families Were Priced Out of Survival

June 16, 2020

ALICE Report: A crisis in the making with an 87% increase in Oregon’s ALICE households over 10 years, fueled by high-priced basics and wages that aren’t keeping pace with growing costs. To read a copy of the report and find county-by-county and town-level data on the size and demographics of ALICE as well as the […]

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