Helping Your Community Through Donations

One gift…Once a year…Working all year long…

One gift supports over 50 local nonprofit progams, each serving a special area of need in our communities.  All together, we are able to address a broader, more comprehensive spectrum of community needs more than one agency alone.

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Great Reasons to Give to United Way

Payroll Deduction

Only United Way offers payroll deduction to help you support local health and human service organizations all year round. (We also accept credit and debit card donations which most agencies cannot process) Can you afford to write a check for $100 or $300 or $500 to support a charity right now? Most folks can’t. But payroll deduction makes it easy to give. Payroll deduction: $20, $15, $10, or $5 per pay period is painless! It’s a few lattes to you, but to someone else it's food on the table, a place for a kid to go after school, shelter for a victim of domestic violence or homeless person.

All Donations Stay Right Here

Unless YOU designate your donation to a charity outside of Umatilla or Morrow County, your money stays right here working locally all year long.

United Way Citizen Review Process

Do you know for sure what the non-profit agencies are doing every day of the year? How many families they are serving? What do their expenses look like? Where does the money come from? Who’s on their board making important decisions? Whether or not the organization is well managed? Does the agency have enough volunteers?

United Way community investment volunteers know! They visit each agency, pour over the financial information, assess programs and staffing, interview key agency representatives and determine how much funding each agency receives. If an agency is weak in one area or another, they work with that agency to strengthen it.

You may not have time to do this. But approximately30 United Way volunteers from the community, representing you and other United Way donors, work many hours to give you the assurance that your donations are really being put to good use.

Questions and Answers About Donating

What is United Way?

United Way is a movement that began as a community fund in Denver in 1887 to help families who were falling on hard times in the Old West. Today there are 1,400 United Way organizations across the USA. Each United Way is an independent, autonomous, locally governed entity serving its local area. The United Way of Umatilla and Morrow Counties was created and incorporated in 1953. For more than 60 years we have helped fund local health and human service programs and have advocated for volunteering and voluntary giving through workplace payroll deduction programs.

What does United Way do?

United Way brings together community resources to focus on key problems and issues that Umatilla and Morrow County residents face and invests in solutions to those problems. Through over 50 local health and human service agencies, United Way’s partnerships connect the community to ensure people find the help they need.

There are so many worthwhile charities, why should I give to United Way?

United Way partner agencies are local organizations, in touch with and responding to local needs. They help your neighbors, your friends, perhaps even your family when a crisis looms.

Is United Way local? I see it advertised on national TV.

All United Way organizations are local organizations. A national office coordinates nation-wide publicity, like the National Football League sponsorship in the fall. The United Way of Umatilla and Morrow Counties is incorporated locally, managed locally, and governed by a local board of directors made up of your neighbors. Donation to the United Way of Umatilla and Morrow Counties stay in this community to support local partner agencies that deal with local human service needs.

Why should I give to United Way instead of a single agency?

Random giving cannot maintain all vital programs. Giving through United Way ensures that your gift has maximum impact. Your single gift enables you to support ALL the health and human service issues that are important to you and our community.

How can I be sure my contribution is spent wisely?

Local volunteers study community needs and goals, review agency budgets, and review agencies to make sure that donated dollars are spent wisely. The United Way of Umatilla and Morrow Counties adheres to stringent national standards of accounting and financial reporting at the local and national level.

Why give to United Way instead of my favorite agency?

Because one gift through United Way helps more people in more ways than any single agency.

Because volunteers ensure each dollar contributed is well spent. Volunteers visit all applicant United Way partner agencies annually and review audits, budgets, services and agency management/oversight before recommending their allocation.

Because United Way dollars can help agencies leverage money from other sources. For example, a number of agencies use United Way donations as “matches” to leverage several thousands of dollars in federal, state and foundation grants to help support local services.

Because United Way does more than raise funds and distribute them. We multiply donors’ impact by improving people’s lives and making our community a better place to live, work and raise our families through partnerships.

One gift…Once a year…Working all year long…

Many agencies can address one aspect of a situation, but only United Way’s partnerships can bring together the variety of local resources needed to respond to and resolve needs and problems in our community.