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Name: United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Year established: 1937

Mission: United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities and investing resources around three building blocks of a good life: Education, Financial Stability and Health. The challenges our communities face are complex and too big for any single organization to solve. United Way convenes local partners, including businesses, community leaders, public officials and individuals to make a lasting, measurable difference. We improve education outcomes by investing in programs that ensure children are ready to learn, successful in school and able to graduate from high school and pursue a career. We help people achieve financial stability by supporting and investing in programs that offer financial education, new skill development and youth skill development and help meet basic needs. We promote healthy lives and strive to increase the number of youth and adults who are healthy and able to avoid risky behaviors.

Annual budget: $1,096,830

Board of directors: Mark Freed, board president; Mary Paulson, board president-elect; Cheryl Wolfe, board secretary; Michelle Pecora, board treasurer; Michelle A. Pecora; Carrie Casebeer, campaign co-chair; Natalie Dunn, community impact chair; Jim Edmonds; Jonathon Fost; Pam Hutchinson; Tina Hernandez; Roger Jordan; Ken Jundt; Betty Pataccoli; Bud Pierce; Shari Scoles Hoots; and Phil Tompkins.

Number of paid staffers: 7

Number of volunteers: Varies.

Types of volunteers needed: Campaign volunteers; Days of Action teams (half day, one or two day community service projects); Good360, monthly coordination and set-up; special event volunteers and office volunteers

Key community partners: United Way partners with more than two dozen local nonprofits, including Catholic Community Services, Chehalem Youth Family Services, Congregations Helping People, Garten Services, Helping Hands Christian Community Outreach Centers, Job Growers Inc., Lutheran Community Services NW, Mano a Mano Family Center, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Mid Valley Mentors, Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, Northwest Human Services, Sable House, St. Joseph Shelter, Salem Free Clinic, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem Leadership Foundation, Salvation Army and the YMCA of Marion Polk Counties.

Annual fundraisers: The backbone of our fundraising is through workplace giving campaigns and individual gifts. If you are interested in finding out more about hosting a United Way event at your workplace, please contact Development Director Marianne Back at (503) 363-1651.

Statement from chief executive: United Way is more than a fundraising organization. We are a community convener bringing nonprofits, governments, businesses, faith-based organizations, families and individuals together around a common agenda to improve educational outcomes, to help people achieve financial stability and to increase the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoiding risky behaviors. United Way prioritizes our funding toward collaborations of two or more agencies that are focused on the same outcomes. By focusing on collaborative efforts, we are better able to leverage our dollars for better outcomes, while reducing competition and duplication.

Wish list: Volunteers

Address: 455 Bliler Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Phone: (503) 363-1651

Website: http://unitedwaymwv.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMWV

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