United Way of the Columbia Gorge

United Way of the Columbia Gorge

Sponsored by Columbia Bank

Headquarters
PO Box 2 / 601 State Street
Hood River, OR 97031
541-386-6100

Volunteer Council Meetings
Bingen, WA
Hood River, OR
The Dalles, OR

Mission
We are committed to strengthening our community by funding a diverse group of critical programs that improve the lives of people living in the Columbia Gorge. United Way of the Columbia Gorge has no specific religious, ethnic, business or other affiliation but exists solely for the benefit of the community at large and all of its members.
Belief
When we think outside of ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. By realizing others’ lives are linked to our own, our compassion grows and we influence the condition of all. The United Way believes in the power of unity.

– PROGRAM OVERVIEW –

The United Way of the Columbia Gorge is a non-profit organization that is changing thousands of lives in our community by funding a diverse group of local programs that serve basic human needs and foster healthy independence. When you give to the United Way, your contribution supports the entire community — serving many age groups and demographics.

Here’s how it works: local non-profit agencies throughout the Gorge need financial support beyond their own annual fundraising efforts to keep their programs running and provide children and adults the services they desperately need. Each year, any non-profit human service program from Hood River, Klickitat, Sherman, Skamania and Wasco Counties with a two year operating history is welcome to apply for United Way funding.* Applicants undergo a rigorous screening and interview process to demonstrate how their program will directly help people living in the Gorge.

A team of volunteer Gorge residents representing the five counties selects funding recipients based on stringent standards in governance, ethics, financial management and efficient/effective program operations. Each funded program must also provide detailed reporting on how funding was used with outcome results. Since our inception in 2006, we have invested over $2.5 million into our Gorge community. In 2019, the United Way of the Gorge allocated $251,000 to 33 local programs.

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