What our volunteers are saying. . .

The Umatilla-Morrow United Way would like to recognize and thank our many, many volunteers, board members and people in our communities who help make a difference!

"Close to 300 teens will step into the Campus Life building this week! Teens active in Campus Life are 400% less likely to use drugs and alcohol. We teach the teens about the balanced life of mental, physical, social, and spiritual. Without United Way we could not do what we do. Thank you United Way."

Rod Bragato
Campus Life

 

“With the support of United Way, Lost & Found Youth Outreach is able to make a difference in the lives of at-risk teens and help them become productive community members.  United Way also makes it possible for a large number of individuals to support great organizations like Lost & Found by giving a little bit each payday. Without United Way those contributions wouldn’t be possible and many very worthy programs and projects would simply disappear.”

Leslie Carnes
Lost & Found Youth Outreach

 

“I’ve been a United Way Volunteer for over three years and have learned that when agencies partner with United Way, they are able to give people the little extra help that helps them turn their ordinary lives to extraordinary.”

Mandy Verdin
United Way Volunteer

 

“Let me tell you a story, a woman came in very depressed, she was involved in domestic violence at home. Now she has her own apartment and job and has become self sufficient. We could not have provided the services if we did not receive funds from United Way.” 

Manuel Guttierrez
Domestic Violence Services

 

“United Way is very valuable to our community, and to Domestic Violence Services, because without it we could not help the clients we serve. I believe in United Way so much I donate to them right out of each check.”

Mickie Ebert
Domestic Violence Services

 

“United Way is a key partner for Lost & Found. Their support brings us opportunities we otherwise wouldn’t have, and allows Lost & Found to do more for the youth in this area.”

Danny Bane
Lost & Found Youth Outreach

 

"I like giving back/helping my community and feel that United Way is valuable to our community because we help fund programs that will help many people."

Amy Horning
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
United Way Emergency Assistance Committee

 

"United Way works for the local community. We get groups of diverse people together to work toward a common cause - providing solutions to community problems."

Brian Verwey
United Way Emergency Assistance Committee

 

"United Way plays an important role in helping to meet the needs of the community and I am proud to volunteer my time for that purpose. We do this through promoting and funding local agencies that provide solutions to community problems."

Casey Hinkley
Banner Bank - Stanfield Branch
United Way Board Member and Tools for Independence Committee

 

"I serve with United Way because I want to be more involved in the community. Through United Way we give back to the community and I see them striving to improve the organization from year to year."

Chris Kloer
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
United Way Emergency Assistance Committee

 

"I serve with the United Way in order to give something back to my community by helping allocate donations to local organizations. United Way helps  in our community through many ways, such as charitable funding and giving people the opportunity to better themselves."

Dan Higgins
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
United Way Emergency Assistance Committee

 

"I serve with United Way to be more involved in the community. United Way is valuable in our communities because it’s a great organization that benefits our local community."

David Keltz
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
United Way Emergency Assistance Committee

 

"I enjoy participating in community involvement that makes a difference in the area where I live. Through United Way, non-profit organizations are supported by our communities and the people involved. They are much needed and I am hoping to continue the sustainability of these organizations."

Gabe McCune
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
United Way Tools for Independence Committee

 

"I have been the Cayuse Technologies United Way campaign manager for the past 3 years. It’s a chance to learn more and be part of the decision making process. United Way provides tremendous support to our local programs. The diversity of programs reaches out to all community members with different needs. United Way gives community members inspiration to help the betterment of their own community and its’ members."

Ganine Moses
Cayuse Technologies
United Way Tools for Independence Committee

 

"I believe in what the United Way stands for - helping communities and the individuals in those communities. United Way is valuable because helping people who are in need is one of the things United Way does well. Without the support of charities like United Way, local organizations that support our communities could not do as much as they do. Thanks, United Way, for all you do!"

Karen Hutchinson-Talaski
Umatilla Chamber of Commerce
United Way Tools for Independence  Committee

 

"I like to give my donations locally and I can specify which organizations I donate to. United Way helps support organizations serving the needs of local people who are struggling to get through this tough economy."

Laurie Taft
UPS
United Way Successful Kids Committee

 

"I have donated to United Way for 25+ years. It’s nice to be able to get more hands-on and see where monies are distributed."

Melody Miller
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
United Way Successful Kids Committee

 

"I serve with United Way because I want to aid with the credible & cost effective method of allocation of collected funds. United Way is valuable because it provides an efficient & effective collection & distribution method for funding local non-profit service providers."

Pat Tempinski
Retired, BMCC
United Way Successful Kids Committee

 

"I serve with United Way as a way to give back to my community. Working with United Way has allowed me to give my support to many agencies, not just one. United Way is valuable to our community because the organization helps many agencies within our community. United Way also works with different focus areas such as children, seniors and emergency assistance."

Sheri Sandoval
Owner, Totally Kids
United Way Board Vice Chair and  Tools for Independence Committee Chair

 

"I have donated for a few years and really wanted to know how donations help our communities, and the process for how it is decided and divided. I have personally seen how the emergency services have helped people in need - I want to become more aware of the other aspects of United Way’s work."

Valarie Smith
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
United Way Tools for Independence Committee

 

"I serve United Way because it helps to provide much needed services in the two counties (Umatilla & Morrow) in which we live, work and play and helps them become better communities. United Way is valuable because it provides needed services to local residents."

Debra Wainright
Columbia State Bank - Hermiston Branch
United Way Board Member and United Way Successful Kids Committee

 

"I serve United Way because I like having the opportunity to see where our donations go. I see United Way as a valuable tool to give hard dollars to community organizations that are needed in order to help continue their services to people in need."

Gina Hartzheim
City of Milton-Freewater
United Way Tools for Independence Committee

 

"I serve with United Way because the United Way serves the entire community. United Way’s value is that its whole purpose is to provide funds to charities that serve a wide variety of needs for residents of Umatilla and Morrow Counties."

John Kirwan
UPRR - Hinkle
United Way Board Member and Successful Kids Committee Chair

 

"I serve on the United Way Board because United Way’s mission and goals of serving people and communities are congruent with my own beliefs and values as a professional social worker. United Way assists agencies that enable individuals to live in our communities safely and independently and foster the well being of children and families. Umatilla and Morrow Counties have a wide and varied array of services that provide this safety net. Thanks to the extremely generous donations of many individuals and business organizations United Way is able to assist in this process. We can all be proud!"

Linda Olson
Oregon State Department of Human Services
United Way Board Member and Tools for independence Committee

 

"As a teacher, I see the tremendous difficulties faced by many children in our community. I want to support and help those agencies who are helping these kids. United Way supports many worthy agencies that have a direct connection to my students. As such, I am able to see the positive impact United Way has on the youth of our community."

Kathy Gregory
Pendleton School District
United Way Board Member

 

"My involvement with Hermiston Campus Life has allowed me to understand the benefits that United Way provides. I volunteered for United Way because the donated resources stay local in Umatilla and Morrow counties, and being a volunteer is an easy way to give back to my community. United Way is valuable to our community because it aides over 20 local agencies, which in turn, aide numerous children and their families."

Dawn Bissinger
Campus Life Board Member and United Way Volunteer

 

"I volunteer for United Way because it provides me the opportunity to make our community aware of United Way. As a board member for Campus Life, to contribute as an organization to the United Way campaign each year. By volunteering, I learned more about the United Way and am most impressed with two things:  United Way’s commitment to keeping the money that is donated local, and the other piece is their commitment to keeping administrative costs minimal so community programs and services get maximum benefit."

Don ‘Hef’ Heffner
Campus Life Board Member and United Way Volunteer.

 

"I serve United Way because I enjoy contributing to the positive impact the partner agencies and United Way accomplish together in our communities.    United Way is valuable in our communities because we go out into the agency locations as stewards of the donors to examine the impact of the various agency programs and determine how to equitably allocate available donations."

Randy Meyersick
PGE - Coyote Springs Plant
United Way Board Treasurer and United Way Emergency Assistance Committee Chair

 

"I serve United Way because several years ago I volunteered to participate in the annual United Way Community Investment process that evaluates the funding requests of the local agencies supplying food and services to the less fortunate in our community, this opened my eyes to the good work these agencies are doing, the overwhelming challenges they encounter trying to help others and the critical role that the United Ways plays in supporting them, and after seeing this I was compelled to support this effort as much as I can.
I believe United Way is valuable because we are working hard to generate funds to support the health and human services agencies in our communities to meet the needs and improve the lives of as many people as possible."

Dan Turley
PGE - Coyote Springs Plant
United Way Board Member, Past Board Chair and Policies & Procedures Committee Chair

 

"The key to my support of United Way its that it’s all local. Local donors support local organizations that help people in our community."

William Gatchel
Energy Consultant
United Way Board Member, Past Board Chair, and served on Community Impact Committees

 

"Supporting local services and programs through United Way is important to me so we can keep these services in our community. United Way is the easiest way for local workplaces to get involved in a single fundraising campaign that links to local services and programs that help here in our community."

David T. Hughes
Good Shepherd Health Care System
United Way Board Member, Past Chair, and served on Community Impact Committees

 

"I serve with United Way because United Way helps address so many diverse needs throughout the counties. It provides a centralized donation point for local charitable giving and then tries to make the best possible use of those monies to help address needs within our communities."

David Rohn
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
United Way Board Member and United Way Golf Tournament Coordinator

 

"By serving as a Board Member and volunteer, my original thought was to give something back to the community where I live and work.   What I’ve learned is how my life has been fulfilled and enriched.   It’s a good feeling to work with the agencies we serve and see their efforts in providing services to the local community. United Way is valuable in our communities because it changes lives by providing much-needed meals, shelter and emergency assistance to members of our community."

Lyn E. Kunda
AmeriTitle - Pendleton
United Way Board Member

   

Julie Courson
Bank of America
United Way Successful Kids Committee

 

Rhonda Montes
UPRR - Hinkle
United Way Successful Kids Committee

 

Joe Zoske
Retired/Community volunteer
United Way Board Member and United Way Emergency Assistance Committee