Lasting Impact Through Education, Financial Stability, and Health
Did you know that in our tri-county area 33% of 3rd graders did not meet reading standards in the 2012-13 school year, and 1,105 students dropped out of high school in 2011.
Did you know that in our tri-county area 16% of the population lives in poverty, and during the 2011-2012 school year 2,208 kids were homeless.
Did you know that in our tri-county area 1,516 children were victims of child abuse and neglect in 2011 (48% of those were 5 and under), and 8,749 children were without health insurance in 2011.
Find out more about your community:
2012 County Data Book: Marion
For more information about these data sheets visit Children First for Oregon
FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
How the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Works
It’s easy to use a FamilyWize Card. There are no forms to fill out, waiting period or registration. The card is really just like a reusable prescription coupon on all FDA approved medicines. Anyone in your family, your work, your church or your neighborhood can use it. Immediately. You can even use it if you have health insurance, both during deductible periods and for anything your insurance does not pay for.
What You Need To Know
- Savings Up To 75%
- The Card is Free
- Anyone Can Use It
- No Application or Activation Needed
- Average Savings of 35%
- Use for All FDA Approved Medicine
- Good at 60,000 Pharmacies
Download and print your FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
The goal of the FamilyWize® Community Service Partnership, Inc is to reduce the cost of prescription medicine for children, families and individuals by $1 billion by the end of 2015. FamilyWize CSP believes that stronger, healthier and happier people make healthier and better communities, and so do we. United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is helping to deliver these savings in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties by distributing free prescription drug discount cards. These pharmacy discount cards are provided free of charge both to the organizations and agencies helping to distribute the drug cards and to the people who receive the cards.
Visit FamilyWize at www.familywize.org/about-the-card/how-it-works/participating-pharmacies to find out more about participating pharmacies.
How's FamilyWize working in our community?
2013 Savings in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties: $25,503.09READ MORE >
Emergency Food and Shelter Funding
The Marion and Polk Local Board for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding is no longer accepting applications for FEMA funding. Applications for this round of funding were due November 13th. If you have questions, want more information about the FEMA funding, or the Local Board contact Betty Hart (503) 949-2522.
The Marion and Polk Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress, through FEMA, in order to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. Agencies providing emergency food or shelter services may apply for these funds immediately. Applications are due by 4pm on Wednesday, November 13th 2013.
Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; and if they are a voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. The Local Board, made up of representatives of non-profit agencies, community members, and local government representatives will make the allocations of funds once funds are available. United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley serves as the local administrator of these funds in Marion and Polk County. Yamhill Community Action Partnership is the local administrator in Yamhill County. Read the Yamhill County press release. Read the Marion and Polk County press release
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can download application instructions, forms, and reference materials below.
2013-2015 Community Impact Grants
United Way is committed to allocating resources to address the most pressing needs of the communities we serve. Community Impact funds are awarded on a two-year cycle through a competitive grant process. The Community Impact Grant process allows United Way funds to be awarded to programs and collaborations that positively impact community conditions, improve the lives of individuals and families, and create a foundation for long-term change.
The grant cycle for United Way’s 2013-2015 Community Impact Grants is now CLOSED!
Applying for Community Impact Grant Funds
United Way is no longer accepting proposals for our 2013-2015 Community Impact grants. Funds have been awarded and grants were announced in July of 2013.
For the 2013-2015 grant cycle United Way offered two funding opportunities to local non-profit agencies serving the residents of Marion, Polk, or Yamhill counties: Collaborative Project Grants and Single Program Grants. Community Impact Grant applications were available on November 1, 2012, with Single Program Grant applications due February 5, 2013 and Collaborative Project Grant applications due March 5, 2013.
Click here for the full Community Impact Grant process timeline.
Bus Pass Program
Through a partnership with Salem-Keizer Transit, the United Way offers bus passes at no cost to local nonprofit organizations for distribution to clients. Cherriots’ Go Card program provides one-day bus passes to qualified organizations that serve clients in need of transportation support.
The United Way does not distribute bus passes to individuals. Qualified organizations who successfully complete the application process are responsible for distributing passes to those in need of transportation support.
To apply, organizations must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
- Provide services in the health and human services field.
- Agree to adhere to the bus pass usage guidelines noted on page four of the application.
- Have a location that is accessible to the public for walk-in bus pass requests
- Office/location must be located in Salem
- Public and private schools are not eligible to apply
- Government agencies/programs are not eligible to apply
2013-2015 Collaborative Projects Grant Awards
Collaborative Project Grants are awarded for a two-year period.
Project Name: Bringing Hope & Health to our Community
Project Serves: 12,000
Partners: Salem Free Clinic, Corban University, Trinity Covenant Church, Trinity Lutheran Church
*Provides access to free, quality health care by offering free medical, dental and mental health and counseling care for the uninsured/underinsured of Marion and Polk Counties.
Project Name: Personal Empowerment for Achieving Real Lasting Security
Project Serves: 1,290
Partners: Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, St. Francis Shelter, Helping Hands Resource.
*Provides parenting education and support for abused children and families; help children cope with the effects of abuse, provide personalized education and support to parents as they and their children heal from abuse.
Project Name: Health & Dental Services Center
Project Serves: 5,000
Partners: Boys & Girls Club, Dental Foundation of Oregon, Pacific University School of Dental Health Science, Chemeketa Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology Dental Hygiene Program, Dr. Gary Boehni, DMD, Elisa Schofield, RDH, Salem Hospital, Community Health Education Center.
*Provides low income youth in Marion and Polk Counties with access to free health education and dental services and treatments.
Project Name: Youth Learn & Construct: Community Service Project
Project Serves: 24
Partners: Job Growers, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Mid-Willamette Valley
*Help youth (16-21) from disadvantaged backgrounds build essential math and reading skills, obtain their GED or other certification, learn t appropriately manage workplace behavior and personal finances, and successfully move on to employment or education.
Project Name: Summer Youth Employment
Project Serves: 45
Partners: Garten Services, Salem Keizer Public Schools, Central High School, Dallas School District, Oregon School for the Deaf, Silver Falls School District, Willamette University, Bon Appetit, Capital Manor Retirement Living, Kettle Foods, Marion-Polk Food Share, T.J. Maxx, Willamette Lutheran Community.
*Provides practice for 17-19 year old students from Marion and Polk Counties with significant disabilities in applying for work, a job in the community and on-the-job coaching.
Project Name: Churches as Neighborhood (CaN) Centers Collaborative
Project Serves: 2,300
Partners: Salem Leadership Foundation, Holy Cross Church, Calvary Chapel, Soma Church, Church on the Hill.
*Provides mentoring for youth and promotes positive youth development; provides parenting education and/or support for families; and provides family and adult literacy education.
Project Name: Fostering Hope Initiative
Project Serves: 75
Partners: Catholic Community Services, Salem Leadership Foundation, Mano a Mano Family Center, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, Willamette Education Service District, Dept of Human Services (Marion, Polk & Yamhill Counties), Family Building Blocks, Exchange Club ESCAPE Parent Aide Program, Center 50+, Head Start of Yamhill County, Lutheran Community Services, Pacific Research and Evaluation.
*Provides support to families residing in high poverty neighborhoods in Polk, Yamhill and Marion Counties with a child 0-6 who is identified as ‘not thriving’ as a result of toxic stress through home visiting, parent education/support, respite, and neighborhood mobilization.
Project Name: Leyendo Avanzamos (Reading Together We Advance)
Project Serves: 900
Partners: Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Chavez Elementary School, Scott Elementary School, Four Corners Elementary School.
*Provides workshops to Spanish-speaking parents of struggling kindergarten, first, or second grade students allowing them to become more engaged in their children’s school and empowering them to become their child’s home teacher.
Project Name: Jovenes Capaces (Able Youth!)
Project Serves: 200
Partners: Mano a Mano Family Center, Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Voz Hispana Causa Chavista
*Provides disconnected Latino youth in Salem, Keizer and Woodburn with healthy sense of self; positive view of their future, support from adults and peers, positive attitude and attachment toward school, academic achievement, and positive attitude and attachment toward their community.
Project Name: From Domestic Violence to Stability
Project Serves: 105
Partners: Yamhill Community Action, Henderson House, Housing Authority of Yamhill County.
*Ensures that women and children in Yamhill County fleeing domestic violence will have a place to live while receiving counseling, assistance with legal issues, and case management.
Project Name: Charitable Mental Health & Medication Management
Project Serves: 1,483
Partners: Chehalem Youth & Family Services, Head Start of Yamhill County\Newberg School District, George Fox Behavioral Health, Youth Opportunity Program, Lutheran Family Services Ministerial Association, Friends of Chehalem House, Cedar Hills Hospital, Yamhill County, First Step Adolescent Center Providence, Dr. Rosales, Dr. Ken Whittaker, Love Inc
*Provides improved access to mental health care and medication management in rural Yamhill County and surrounding areas for low income, uninsured, unemployed individuals and families suffering from mental health concerns.
Project Name: Marion County Reentry Initiative – Steps to Employment
Project Serves: 315
Partners: Mid Valley Mentors, Marion County, Chemeketa Community College
*Assists in securing employment for adult ex-offenders and those under Marion County Sheriff’s Office supervision with employment mentoring, job coaching, access to coordinated employment support and basic needs resources, vocational training, on-the-job training opportunities, employment search, and employment readiness support.
Project Name: A Family Place Emerging Relief Nursery
Project Serves: 309
Partners: Lutheran Community Services NW, Head Start of Yamhill County, Yamhill County Health & Human Services, Yamhill County Public Health, Polk County Parenting Hub Commission for Children & Families Willamette Valley.
*Provides support for new and expectant mothers whose children are at high risk of maltreatment and problematic developmental outcomes.
2013-2015 Single Program Grant Awards
Single Program Grants are awarded for a one-year period, with the possibility of funding for the second-year.
Congregations Helping People
Congregations Helping People
Program Serves: 409
Interim Utilities & Rent Program - Provides mortgage, rent and utility assistance in order to stabilize economically vulnerable individuals and households who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency
Program Serves: 303
Emergency Assistance Program –Promote self-sufficiency and prevents homelessness through emergency financial assistance—including rental and utility—for families and individuals.
Northwest Human Services
Program Serves: 250
Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project – Assistance in the form of payee services for the homeless and those who suffer from chronic and persistent mental illnesses.
Northwest Human Services
Program Serves: 8,800
HOST Street Outreach Project – Serving runaway, homeless and street youth ages 18-24. Provides outreach through the distribution of food, first aid, water, blankets and other basic needs; drop-in center offering food, showers, and laundry; case management in order to access drug and alcohol treatment, educational and vocational programs, and other needed services.
Program Serves: 114
Emergency Shelter Program - Provides confidential shelter and other supports to victims of domestic violence and their children who are fleeing from abusive situations.
St. Joseph Shelter
Program Serves: 150
St. Joseph Family Shelter - Provides housing, meals, case management and other support services for homeless families with children. Primary objective of the program is to help families obtain or maintain stable employment, move into permanent housing, and support children to succeed in school.
Yamhill Community Action Partnership
Program Serves: 24,798
Yamhill Regional Food Bank – Acts as the hub for a network of 25 hunger-relief agencies serving Yamhill County. Secures food from retailers and farmers; receives donations from businesses and individuals; and is the area’s designated TEFAP/USDA distributor. Distributes resources to 25 charitable programs and organizations (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc) helping low-income households and individuals throughout Yamhill County.
Helping Hands Outreach Centers
Program Serves: 435
Helping hands Outreach Reentry - Case management, needs assessments, mentoring, housing, emergency services, access to mental health and chemical dependency resources, and vocational training for indigent, homeless, or recently incarcerated individuals.
McMinnville Free Clinic
Program Serves: 1,200
McMinnville Free Clinic - Provides uninsured individuals with free health care, health care education, and connects people to needed resources.
Providentce Newberg Health Foundation, Faith in Action
Program Serves: 360
Strong for Life – Regular fitness classes for seniors in order to improve muscle strength, gait, stability, and functional ability without any adverse effects. Decreases isolation and supports seniors to achieve better overall physical fitness and to manage health-related issues.
Yamhill County CASA
Program Serves: 306
Court Appointed Special Advocates – Supports program that trains volunteers to advocate for children ages 0-18. CASA volunteers speak on behalf of children in court proceedings and advocate for timely resolution of cases to hasten placement in safe, permanent environments.
On any given day, you, your neighbor, friend or co-worker could be seeking help for the first time and have no idea where to look.
Mid-Valley 211 is an easy-to-remember, toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, elder care, legal help, and more. Rather than spending hours searching the Internet or calling numerous numbers, simply dialing 2-1-1 is an efficient and convenient solution.
Mid-Valley 211 is FREE, confidential, and live.
Supported by 211info, a state-wide information and referral helpline based in Portland,
Mid-Valley 211 is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Your call will be answered by trained specialists who live and work right here in Oregon, so they understand the needs of Oregonians.
Answers are also available 24/7 on the 211info Web site. Up-to-date software systems make it easy to share database information across regions while reserving local control over resources and partnerships.
During a disaster situation, 211 provides critical information about evacuation routes, food and shelter, as well as support during long-term recovery.
The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is working hard to expand Yamhill 211 to Marion and Polk Counties during 2011. This is a step that directly aligns with the United Way mission to connect people with the resources they need and provides a community-wide service with community-wide outcomes
If you are the one who needs help, wants to volunteer, or is looking for solutions to unexpected challenges, the answers you need are just three digits away.
Visit Mid-Valley 211 online at here.
Welcome to HandsOn Willamette
We are the volunteer action center for Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn and Benton counties. We believe in Doing Good, Being Together and Smiling. Fortunately, you can do all 3 of these things while volunteering!
How do you volunteer through HandsOn, you ask? Well it is easy as 1, 2,3.
Click here for information on how to become a member.
Our team provides resources to connect volunteers with meaningful opportunities to deeply impact our region. HandsOn is a network of 300+ local community partners, providing an online database of unique opportunities and various volunteer programs. HandsOn provides services that help volunteers discover their passion; prepare agencies to recruit, train, and retain volunteers; and businesses to engage their employees in mutually beneficial community involvement. HandsOn is a program of Community Action Agency, an initiative of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, and an affiliate of the HandsOn Network. This collaboration trifecta provides our community with a strong foundation, best practices, and a sustainable future! Click here for more information.
Strategic investments that provide services and build organizational capacity across our tri-county region.
Mid-Valley 2-1-1 is an easy to remember toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, elder care, legal help, and more. During a disaster, 211 provides critical information about evacuation routes, food and shelter, as well as support during long-term recovery.
HandsOn Willamette (HandsOn) is the volunteer action center for Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn and Benton Counties. The HandsOn team provides resources to connect volunteers with meaningful opportunities to deeply impact our region by helping volunteers discover their passion; prepare agencies to recruit, train, and retain volunteers; and assist businesses to engage their employees in mutually beneficial community involvement.
Gifts In Kind/Good360
The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is proud to be a redistribution partner through Good360—a partnership that allows the United Way to obtain retail goods from local businesses and redistribute to nonprofit agencies in the community. Known to the community as Gifts in Kind, this program provided more than $100,000 in goods to nonprofits during 2011.
United Way’s current Good360 retail donation partners:
Bed Bath & Beyond- Keizer Station
Home Depot- S. Salem
Guess Factory Store- Woodburn
Williams Sonoma - Tigard
Pottery Barn Kids - Tigard
Good360 Program Overview for Nonprofits
United Way’s Good360 manages large-scale donations, and matches those gifts with qualified nonprofit agencies that can put them to use where they are needed most. This support helps nonprofits keep down overhead costs, expand capabilities, and ultimately serve more people in the community.
In an effort to expand and improve this program, the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley will be implementing the following changes:
• Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) health and human service agency offering direct services to clients in Marion, Polk, or Yamhill counties
• Program membership will run July ,1 2013 through June 30, 2014
• An administration fee of $200 applies to all nonprofits participating in the program
• Distribution will occur on a monthly set date/time.
• Special interest items will be available periodically for purchase; posted prices will be significantly lower than the retail cost
Products available through Good360:
• Computers and technology
• Personal care products
• Clothing and shoes
• Household goods
• Home repair/remodel items
• Children’s books and toys
• Bedding / linens
Community Impact Overview
The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley engages in a thorough, community-based process to address the most pressing issues and emerging needs in three crucial areas; education, income and health.
Through the strategic investment of resources, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley helps children, youth and adults achieve their potential; promotes financial stability and independence; and improves people’s health and access to basic healthcare. Together with numerous organizations, experts, key leaders and lay community members we work to identify specific community-wide concerns, develope strategies for long-term outcomes, and gather and leverage resources.
Our investment strategy is designed to have maximum impact on improving peoples’ lives across the tri-county region.
The result is funding that is allocated within two distinct grant categories:
• Program Investments – Funding allocated for a program or service focused around United Way’s funding priorities.
• Collaborative Investments – Funding directed toward partnerships that focus on successful long-term outcomes within United Way’s funding priorities.