United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Inc.
The mission of United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is to connect the caring power of people in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties to improve our quality of life and build healthy communities.
Incorporated: 1967 in OR
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community convener that mobilizes local partners, including businesses, community leaders, public officials, and community members to provide opportunities for people to succeed. They believe they can do the most good, achieving long term change, by investing in key building blocks of a good life: Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Basic Needs. Remove any of the building blocks and the others topple. Build them all up, and you have a cornerstone for individual and community prosperity.
Education: Education is essential to getting, and keeping a job with a wage that can sustain a family.
Financial Stability: Families must be able to cover their costs today, and save for the future.
Health: Good health helps kids stay on track in school, and ensures that adults can be productive at work.
Basic Needs: As a community, we must provide support for fragile individuals and families at risk of homelessness.
Changing the Odds for Children and Families:
United Way is committed to changing the odds for all children and their families, regardless of their current situation or circumstance, giving them equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In July of 2014 United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley's Board agreed that investing in services and supports focused on children ages 0-8 and their families will have the best return on investment, and is the most effective way to achieve our long-term goals. Ensuring that every child develops both emotionally and physically, is ready for kindergarten, and is armed with the skills they need to be successful once they are in school is critical. They know that children learn to read through third-grade, and that beginning in fourth-grade children are reading to learn. They also know that reading at grade level at the end of third- grade is a critical milestone, and is considered to be a predictor of whether or not that child will graduate from high school.
The Communities Served:
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley serves Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. Their work is grounded in the diverse needs of each community they serve, and is informed by local input, local data, local research, and local expertise so that we understand and can address not only the immediate needs but the underlying conditions as well.
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