United Way Funds 11 Central Oregon Nonprofits in Response to COVID-19


From its newly launched local COVID-19 Response Fund, United Way has already rapidly directed $50,000 to 11 Central Oregon nonprofits that are providing emergency assistance and essential services to the individuals and families most impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19.

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), through its Oregon Community Recovery Fund, contributed $30,000 to United Way Central Oregon COVID-19 Response Fund as part of OCF’s rapid deployment of resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

“In this critical moment, it’s going to take all of us — foundations, nonprofits and private sector and government at all levels — working together to contain this crisis and care for our neighbors,” said Julie Gregory, OCF’s Regional Director for Central Oregon. “We know that local communities are on the frontlines of this crisis. Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting them, helping to fill the gaps in funding that have quickly become critical across the state.”

United Way has already distributed monies from its local Response Fund to 11 Central Oregon nonprofits. These are organizations providing services to reach individuals and families facing the greatest immediate need in our region, many of whom were already, before COVID-19, living on incomes amounting to less than what it takes to survive in our local economy.

Thus far, United Way has funded the following agencies through its local COVID-19 Response Fund: Council on Aging of Central Oregon (Meals on Wheels) and Latino Community Association serving all three Central Oregon counties, as well as St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County, LINC Madras (Jefferson County), Warm Springs Community Action Team, and serving Deschutes County: St. Vincent de Paul in La Pine Food Bank, La PineSenior Center, Jericho Road of Redmond, Sisters Family Access Network (FAN), UPCAP in Three Rivers and the Giving Plate in Bend.

United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund was created to deliver immediate help to those in Central Oregon who need it right now. The Fund was seeded with a $50,000 donation from PacificSource Health Plans, to help our community’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

As a longstanding yet nimble local nonprofit, United Way in Central Oregon, is able to rapidly evolve its priorities to be immediately responsive to new community needs formed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than supporting just one person or one charity, the organization unites individuals and combines resources to spread funds across all of Central Oregon to address this crisis for those hardest hit right now. United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund mobilizes nonprofits across all of Central Oregon to address immediate COVID-19-related hardships.

Make a Donation:

100 percent of donations to the local United Way COVID-19 Response Fund are being distributed to community agencies. No administrative fees are being deducted from donations to this Fund. Your neighbors need your generosity in the wake of COVID-19. Give now: deschutesunitedway.org.




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