26% of Central Oregonians are impacted by a United Way funded program or service.
This year, our Community Impact Grantmaking process is focused on supporting community agencies help our community adapt and recover from the fallout of the pandemic. LEARN MORE about our funding efforts and stay tuned for this year’s grant recipients.
Last year, as a longstanding, nimble local nonprofit, we rapidly evolved our priorities to be immediately responsive to new community needs formed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We created a plan for distributing $500,000 of grant funding supported by funds that came from the City of Bend’s CARES Act funding to nonprofit organizations providing essential services to vulnerable populations in the City of Bend. Find a list of those grant recipients HERE.
We also were tasked with distributing federal Emergency Food & Shelter funds in Deschutes County. In 2020, we distributed $260,600+. Meet last year’s grant recipients HERE.
Every year, we award grants to local and regional nonprofits that focus on health, education, prevention and development, financial stability, basic needs, childhood trauma, community transformation, and building resilience.
Last year, we funded 44 COVID-19 Partners with $295,000 in emergency relief.
In this and prior years, through our Community Impact Partner grant process, we have awarded grants to vetted local nonprofits that focus on health, education, prevention and development, financial stability, basic needs, childhood trauma, community transformation, and building resilience. This year, we are focusing our grantmaking on COVID-19.
“Support from United Way has allowed us to keep our service free and available to all children in the Central Oregon. United Way’s continued support has been critical for our Rural Advocate Program expansion. Through United Way, we have deepened our assessments to include gathering data on how parents of young children are building resiliency and staying connected.”
“United Way of Central Oregon helps ensure that children impacted by child abuse receive child-friendly evaluations, family support, and therapy, at no cost, so that all a family has to worry about is their child’s healing. These services are vital to restoring health, happiness, and resiliency for children and their families so that they can live life to their fullest potential.”
“United Way of Central Oregon continues to be instrumental in helping Friends of the Children Central Oregon implement an evidence based model to build resilience in children who are facing the highest levels of trauma. Together, we are breaking the cycle of generational poverty.”
It’s a credo. A mission. A goal. A constant reminder that when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.