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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: United way of lane county's (uwlc) mission statement is "improving lives through the caring power of community. " in an effort to advance the common good, uwlc works to mobilize the community to address serious human needs issues. As a non-partisan organization, uwlc has the unique ability to form partnerships with all segments of the community - individuals, business, charities, labor, the faith community and governmental entities - to solve identified local problems through a county-wide network consisting of hundreds of partners and other not-for-profit agencies, uwlc helps provide basic needs while working to change conditions that allow these problems to exist in the first place.

Programs: Allocations and community services: united way of lane county is the largest private phone funder of human care services in lane county, oregon. Uwlc identifies and responds to critical community issues and financially sustains a collaborative county - wide safety net for more than 60 services and programs. Additional funding is directed to unaffiliated non- profits as requested by united way donors.

health: ensuring people have access to basic healthcare. Health programs are designed to increase enrollment of eligible people to existing healthcare programs; provide free or low - cost medical, dental and mental health services; increased access to preventive care; and open doors to services for disabled children. The 100% access coalition is a collaborative partnership of lane county's leading institutions and community leaders.

education: preparing children to succeed in life. Education programs work to improve school readiness, provide parents and caregivers with training and support, increase childhood nutrition, reduce child abuse, and engage the entire community in caring for our children. Uwlc continues to support the parent helpline - a free, confidential telephone resource for parents and caregivers of children up to 6 years old.

income: income programs aimed to increase financial literacy that leads to self - sufficiency, help low - wage workers receive the tax credits they are due, provide rent and utility assistance, reduce homelessness, and reduce teen pregnancy and domestic violence.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2011, I finally realized I was in an abusive relationship. My husband constantly told me that I was worthless, cursed at me, forbid me from spending time with my family, refused to care for our then three year old son, and repeatedly threatened me with physical violence. I made the decision to file for divorce because I did not want my son, Elijah, to grow up thinking that it was okay to be verbally and emotionally abusive to anyone, let alone someone you were supposed to love.

I informed my husband of my intention to leave him. He immediately emptied our join bank account and moved out. Just a short while later, I lost my job. I went from living in a two-income household to living with no income. In no time at all, shut off notices started arriving and we were quickly running out of food and other necessities. I did not have a strong support system since I was not allowed to develop any friendships while I was married. It got to the point that I was grocery shopping out of my mom's pantry in order to feed my toddler.

With the thought of becoming homeless in the middle of winter in Oregon looming in my mind, I made, what turned out to be, a life changing phone call. I called 211info, a information and referral program funded by the United Way of Lane County, and explained my situation. I was expecting the operator to refuse to help me because I was on the verge of homelessness due to filing for divorce; my soon-to-be ex-husband was quick to point out how horrible of a mother I was for putting our son in this predicament (though he refused to pay child support). Much to my surprise, the operator was very kind and understanding. She put me in contact with an agency that was able to provide Elijah and I with a food box and some household items; Elijah also received a toy from this agency and he has it on his bed to this day (he is now 7). I was also given the contact information for an agency that paid my utility bill and yet another agency who provided counseling to Elijah and I, free of charge.

I found out later that all of these agencies, as well as 211info, received funding from the United Way of Lane County. Since acquiring a new job, I have made it my personal mission to give back to the United Way in any way I can. Without the support from United Way's partner agencies, my toddler and I would likely have been hungry and homeless in the middle of an Oregon winter.

Over the last four years, I have donated my time to the United Way by speaking about my experience with the United Way and its partner agencies every chance I get. I also participate on the steering committee for the United Way of Lane County's Emerging Leader program, a group of professionals under the age of 40 who are focused on bettering the community through volunteering and advocating. In 2014, I remarried and we asked our wedding guests to support the United Way instead of buying us another toaster. My new husband and I also donate to the United Way at the Leadership Giving level ($1,000 or more in a calendar year).

I cannot think of a more deserving nonprofit. Thousands of people in my situation, or worse off, are helped each year by the United Way of Lane County and their partner agencies.


Review from #MyGivingStory

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Rating: 5

United Way of Lane County (UWLC) is classified by Charity Navigator as a fundraising organization. As such, UWLC's rating is solely determined by revenue growth per Federal Form 990. There is no measurement of community development, United Way’s proven strength.

Past fundraising success has been dependent on grant revenue (for work in health and education) and our workplace campaigns. Grant awards to all nonprofits have been diminished by the recession. Workplace campaigns in this region have been severely reduced by workplace closures that left Lane County, Oregon with double-digit unemployment rates. Based on revenue growth and sound fiscal management, UWLC was a 4-Star Charity before the recession.

This drop in income has required signifcant budget cuts for UWLC so that it can continue to fund 44 partner agencies, exercise prudent governance, and expanded its role as a community convener.

Developing key community partnerships, along with accessing and leveraging resources other than money, are not reflected on Federal Form 990 but have resulted in streamlined community-wide improvements in access to healthcare, moving families from poverty to self-sufficiency, the reduction of child abuse, early childhood literacy, and service access through the 211 system.

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