Mid-way in the campaign and just prior to the new year, United Way of Deschutes County is pleased to announce that the $850,000 mark has been reached in the effort to raise $1.2 million. Monies raised will be used to financially assist local agencies in addressing urgent social service needs in Deschutes County.
United Way of Deschutes County brings the community together to understand needs, secure resources and strategically invest those resources to improve the lives of people in the Central Oregon area. In 2010, over 72,000 members of this community, nearly 1 in 3, received much needed help from the 33 social service programs United Way helps fund. The need continues.
Thus far the campaign has focused on reaching the citizens of Deschutes County through presentations in the workplace, often referred to as workplace campaigns. In addition, a letter campaign has been directed to individual donors. Currently, United Way of Deschutes County is participating in the January Mt. Bachelor Ski for Charity Voucher program.
Members of the community, both individuals and companies, are encouraged to help United Way reach its goal. The United Way office at 1130 NW Harriman in Bend, will remain open until 3pm on Friday, December 30, to accept 2011 donations. Donations can be made by phone at 541-389-6507, or mailed to P.O. Box 5969 Bend, OR 97708. Those postmarked by December 31, will be included among the 2011 donations. Donations can also be made on-line at: www.liveunitedco.org.
The United Way staff and volunteers will continue to work diligently to reach the $1.2 Million goal by June 30, 2012, the campaign conclusion date. As 2012 approaches, those connected with United Way would like to give special thanks to the many donors and volunteers who make it possible to help fund local agencies providing essential programs and services needed by many in the community.
About United Way of Deschutes County
Since 1953, United Way of Deschutes County has been helping people in our community to improve their lives and build a better community by tapping into the caring power of people and organizations. United Way systematically identifies unmet needs and critical issues, and brings together people and resources to address them. With the help of corporate, employee and individual donations, United Way touches one-in-three people in our community each year through programs that focus on our most urgent human service needs: helping kids get a great start in life, keeping youth on track for success, meeting basic needs of individuals and families, and keeping children and families safe from violence and abuse. For more information call 541-389-6507 or visit www.deschutesunitedway.org.