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2015-2017 Community Impact Grant Application Process

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley works collaboratively throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties to identify community needs based on current data, and to direct resources toward collaborative and individual programs that will result in the most successful, long-term outcomes.  We strive to improve lives by supporting community-wide initiatives that will help children, individuals and families to succeed.  United Way has identified three priority focus areas for our 2015-2017 Community Impact Funding: Education, Financial Stability and Health.  In addition to the three focus areas, United Way maintains funding to help cover Basic Needs. 

United Way Board of Directors and the Community Impact Council will release the Grant Application on Wednesday, November 12th.  Non-profit organizations serving Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties are invited to apply for one of two grant opportunities:
1. Collaborative Grants
2. Basic Needs Grants

Please refer to the 2015-2017 Community Impact Grand Guidelines (PDF) for specific information about grant criteria.

For specific information about United Way’s policies that guide our allocation process please refer to the Fund Distribution Manual (PDf).

Important Dates:

November 12, 2014
Grant Application available online.  Check back to this page on November 12th.

December 12, 2014
Basic Needs grant application information meeting: 10:00am–12:00noon at United Way’s office in Salem.

December 12, 2014
Collaborative grant application information meeting:  2:00–4:00pm at United Way’s office in Salem

January 9, 16 & 23, 2015
Basic Needs Grant technical support, small groups, 10:00am–12noon at United Way’s office in Salem

January 20, 2015
Collective Impact Webinar and round table discussion, 10:00am–12Noon at United Way’s office in Salem

February 6, 2015

February 13, 20, 27, 2015
CI Community Collaborative grant technical support, small groups, 10:00am–12noon at United Way’s office in Salem

March 6, 2015

June 1 – 6, 2015
Grant recipients are notified

June 12, 2015
All Grantee’s Executive Directors (fiscal Agencies only), informational gatherings, 10:00am–12:00Noon at United Way’s office in Salem

For question contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Community Impact Director

2015-2017 Grant Applications, Forms, and Documents

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s goal is to shape a social support system of community organizations that collaborate in order to achieve common outcomes and systemic changes using the Collective Impact framework.  We work collaboratively throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties to identify community needs based on current local data, and to direct resources toward collaborative and individual programs that will result in the most successful, long-term outcomes. 

United Way will award grants to projects that address at least one of United Way’s focus areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health.  Please refer to the 2015-2017 Community Impact Grant Guidelines for detailed information on the focus areas, priorities within each focus area, and related indicators.

Grant Range and Duration
1. Collaborative Grants - Up to $40,000 per year, for two years.
2. Basic Needs Grants - Up to $15,000 per year, for two years.

Grants are issued for two years, and are re-certified annually based on performance and compliance with the requirements of the funding agreement.  Proposals requesting more than the grant range will not be accepted.

Basic Needs Grant Application (Fillable PDF Form)
Basic Needs Grant Application (Word)

Collaborative Grant Application (Fillable PDF Form)

1.  2015-2017 Community Impact Grant Guidelines (PDF)
2.  Collaborative Grant Budget_Form_2015-2017 (docx)
3.  Basic Needs Grant Basic_Needs_Budget_Form_2015-2017 (docx)
4.  Outcome Measurement Plan_Tracker Form (docx)
5.  Logic Model Guide
6.  Sample Memorandum of Agreements:  MOA Sample 1 (docx), MOA Sample 2 (doc), MOA Sample 3 (docx), MOA Sample 4 (docx), MOA Sample 5 (pdf)
7.  Basic Needs Application Signature Page (docx)
8.  Collaborative Application Signature Page (docx)
9.  Anti-Terrorism Compliance Form (PDF)

1.  Community Impact Fund Distribution Manual: 2015-2017 (PDF)
2.  Collective Impact: The Five Conditions of Collective Impact (pdf)
3.  Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations (PDF)
4.  Aligning Collective Impact Initiatives (pdf)
5.  Catalytic Philanthropy (pdf)
6.  Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work (pdf)

Review Process
Proposals will be reviewed by Volunteer Review Panels, who will make funding recommendations to United Way’s Community Impact Council and Board of Directors.  The Funding Panel recommendations will be based on the completeness of the proposal, and on how well the proposal will address the chosen focus area and related priorities.  Funding Panel members will review and score each proposal according to established criteria and comparatively rank each proposal in order to formulate their recommendations to the Community Impact Council and Board of Directors.  The Board’s decisions are final, and applicants will be notified of grant awards the week of June 1-6, 2015.

Eligible applicants must be a non-profit tax-exempt health and human service organization serving residents in Marion, Polk, or Yamhill county.

More about collaborative grants
An effective collaboration will demonstrate, using the Collective Impact Framework, the roles and responsibilities of each partner in order to develop, implement, maintain, evaluate and deliver a successful project.  Each collaborative project will have a fiscal agency/backbone organization.  The fiscal agency/backbone organization accepts responsibility for receiving all funds on behalf of the collaboration, and distributing them as agreed to by the collaboration in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  The fiscal agency serves as the backbone for the entire project by coordinating activities, services, communication, and budget.  They also maintain records suitable for auditing. This organization will hold the contract with United Way and is responsible for required reports and documents on behalf of the collaborative.

Only one application per collaborative project, per focus area, will be accepted. If a collaborative is seeking funding for a second project that addresses a second focus area, a separate proposal must be submitted.  If a collaborative project applies under more than one focus area, it is strongly suggested that the collaboration engages a different, or additional partners.

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How the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Works

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  • Savings Up To 75%
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  • 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 to find out more about participating pharmacies.

Download a FamilyWize Poster (pdf). For more information please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at (503) 363-1651.

How's FamilyWize working in our community?

2013 Savings in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties: $25,503.09


Emergency Food and Shelter Funding

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. 

Applications are no longer being accepted, as the deadline was 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

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.  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.

Application Instructions (pdf)
FORM A National Board Form (pdf)
FORM B Local Application Form (doc) (pdf)
FORM C Local_Recipient Organization Certification (pdf)

Reference Materials below:

For questions or to get more information about the FEMA funding, or the Local Board contact Betty Hart (503) 949-2522.

Yamhill Community Action Partnership is the local administrator in Yamhill County.  If you are interested in applying for funding to serve Yamhill County communities, please contact YCAP at 503-883-4172.


Bus Pass Program

United Way of the Mid Willamette Valley Printable List

Through a partnership with Salem-Keizer Transit, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley offers bus passes at no cost to local nonprofit organizations for distribution to clients. The Cherriots’ Go Card program provides one-day bus passes to qualified organizations that serve clients in need of transportation support.

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. 

Organizations that currently have bus passes (contact each organization to get information on availability):
United Way of the Mid Willamette Valley

Printable List (PDF) of organizations that currently have bus passes.

Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call United Way at (503) 363-1651 for information on the application process, or for a current list of organizations who have been awarded bus passes.

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.

Focus Area:  Education

Project Name:  Churches as Neighborhood (CaN) Centers Collaborative
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 Serves:  2,300
Partners: Salem Leadership Foundation, Holy Cross Church, Calvary Chapel, Soma Church, Church on the Hill.

Project Name:  Jovenes Capaces (Able Youth!)
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 Serves:  200
Partners: Mano a Mano Family Center, Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Voz Hispana Causa Chavista

Project Name:  A Family Place Emerging Relief Nursery
Provides support for new and expectant mothers whose children are at high risk of maltreatment and problematic developmental outcomes.

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.

Project Name:  Fostering Hope Initiative
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 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.

Project Name:  Leyendo Avanzamos (Reading Together We Advance)
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 Serves:  900
Partners: Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Chavez Elementary School, Scott Elementary School, Four Corners Elementary School.

Focus Area:  Financial Stability

Project Name:  Summer Youth Employment
Provides appropriate job training for 17-19 year old students from Marion and Polk Counties with significant disabilities.  Job coaches work with students to apply for work, and provide on-the-job coaching as well as tools and support to families.

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.

Project Name:  Youth Learn & Construct:  Community Service Project
Help youth (16-21) from disadvantaged backgrounds build essential math, reading and analytical skills; obtain their GED or other certification; learn to appropriately manage workplace behavior and personal finances; and successfully move on to employment or education.

Project Serves:  24
Partners: Job Growers, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Mid-Willamette Valley

Project Name:  Personal Empowerment for Achieving Real Lasting Security
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 Serves:  1,290
Partners: Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, St. Francis Shelter, Helping Hands Resource.

Project Name:  Marion County Reentry Initiative – Steps to Employment
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 Serves:  315
Partners: Bridgeway Recovery Services, Marion County, Chemeketa Community College

Project Name:  From Domestic Violence to Stability
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 Serves:  105
Partners: Yamhill Community Action, Henderson House, Housing Authority of Yamhill County.

Focus Area:  Health

Project Name:  Bringing Hope & Health to our Community
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 Serves:  12,000
Partners: Salem Free Clinic, Corban University, Trinity Covenant Church, Trinity Lutheran Church

Project Name:  Health & Dental Services Center
Provides low income youth in Marion and Polk Counties with access to free health education and dental services and treatments.

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.

Project Name:  Charitable Mental Health & Medication Management
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 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

2013-2015 Single Program Grant Awards

Single Program Grants are awarded for a one-year period, with the goal of funding for the second year as well.


All education funding was allocated to collaborative efforts.  See the 2013-15 Collaborative Projects.

Financial Stability

Congregations Helping People
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.

Congregations Helping People
Program Serves:  409

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency
Emergency Assistance Program – Promote self-sufficiency and prevents homelessness through emergency financial assistance—including rental and utility—for families and individuals.

Program Serves:  303

Northwest Human Services
Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project – Assistance in the form of payee services for the homeless and those who suffer from chronic and persistent mental illnesses.

Program Serves:  250

Northwest Human Services
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:  8,800

Sable House
Emergency Shelter Program - Provides confidential shelter and other supports to victims of domestic violence and their children who are fleeing from abusive situations.

Program Serves:  114

St. Joseph Shelter
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.

Program Serves:  150

Yamhill Community Action Partnership
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.

Program Serves:  24,798


Helping Hands Outreach Centers
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.

Program Serves: 435

McMinnville Free Clinic
McMinnville Free Clinic - Provides uninsured individuals with free health care, health care education, and connects people to needed resources.

Program Serves:  1,200

Providentce Newberg Health Foundation, Faith in Action
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.

Program Serves:  360

Yamhill County CASA
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.

Program Serves:  306

211 Info

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.

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. Rather than spending hours searching the Internet or calling numerous numbers, simply dialing 2-1-1 is an efficient and convenient solution.

2-1-1 is FREE, confidential, and live 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.
Marion and Polk 211
Yamhill 211

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.

HandsOn Willamette

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.

United Way of the Mid Willamette Valley
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. 

United Way of the Mid Willamette Valley

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

United Way of the Mid Willamette Valley

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 provides more than $200,000 in goods to nonprofits annually.

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, 2014 through June 30, 2015
• There is no administrative fee for participating organizations
• Distribution will occur on a monthly set date/time.
• Special interest items may be available periodically.  United Way staff will notify program participants when this occurs.

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

For more information about participating in United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s Good360/Gifts In Kind program please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call United Way at (503) 363-1651.

Volunter Center

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.

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