United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley engages in a comprehensive approach to attack the root causes of problems so that we can improve community conditions and create a cycle of success that will benefit not only individuals and families in need, but our entire community. Addressing those community needs through grant funding is a key element of our work in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. United Way offers two types of grant funding - Collaborative Project Grants and Basic Needs Grants.
Basic Needs Grant Recipients
Successful proposals provide urgent and emergency services that are designed to meet peoples immediate needs, and get them back on their feet and working toward self-sufficiency. Services offered are aligned with United Way's priority areas of shelter, safety, food, utility assistance, rent assistance, and meeting peoples emergency medical, dental and mental health needs.
Collaborative Project Grant Recipients
Successful proposals include at least three collaborative partners, demonstrate implementation of the Collective Impact model, and address at least one of United Way's focus areas of education, health, and financial stability.
Primary focus on Education:
Jovenes Capaces “Able Youth” (Serving Marion County)
Provides afterschool activities, mentoring, and case management to youth who are disconnected or at risk of becoming disconnected from school, family, work, and the broader community. The project connects with elementary, middle and high school students to reduce chronic absenteeism, gang activity, high school dropout rates, drug and alcohol use, disciplinary issues, and unemployment. Program includes support and trainings for parents.
Collaborative Partners: Mano a Mano, Oregon Youth Authority, Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality, Catholic Community Services, Mujeres Luchadoras
Lead agency: Mano a Mano
Pathways to Becoming a Health Care Professional (Serving Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties)
This innovative project provides disadvantaged youth health career opportunities through career exploration, academic enrichment activities, trainings, and job shadowing opportunities. The project is focused on career readiness, skill development, mentoring, college and career preparation.
Collaborative partners: Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center, Boys & Girls Club of Salem Marion Polk, Providence Health, Santiam Hospital, Salem Health, Chemeketa Community College, school districts in the three counties served by the program.
Lead agency: Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center
Working Together for Education (Serving Rural Marion County)
Targets low achieving students in rural elementary school, and provides enrichment activities with homework and literacy emphasis, outdoor recreation, and art. Provides proven parent trainings, as well as networking opportunities for parents and school staff.
Collaborative partners: North Santiam Canyon Economic Development, City of Aumsville PARC, Cascade School District, Stayton Public Library.
Lead agency: North Santiam Canyon Economic Development
Yamhill Respite & Outreach (Serving: Yamhill County)
Home visitation and case management for high risk families with children age 0-5 years. Project increases number of young children who receive developmental screening by age 3, the number of families/children who have health insurance and are connected to a primary care physician, and the number of families that are connected to respite and other services. Keeps children safe, builds protective factors for families and community.
Collaborative partners: Lutheran Community Services, Catholic Community services, Yamhill County Head Start
Lead agency: Lutheran Community Services
Primary focus on Health:
Family Advocacy Support (Serving Yamhill County)
Provides intervention services to stabilize youth and their families by providing mentoring, case management, rehabilitation and support services, residential care, professional mental health treatment, and supervised visitation.
Collaborative partners: Chehalem Youth & Family Services, Love Inc., First Step Adolescents
Lead agency: Chehalem Youth & Family Services
Fostering Hope Initiative (Serving Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties)
Reduces child maltreatment and involvement with the formal child welfare system by supporting vulnerable families living in high poverty, or otherwise distressed neighborhoods. Services and supports focus on mothers (including teenagers) who are pregnant or have infants or young children (ages 0-6), and have high levels of stress that interfere with their ability to function well as parents. Project supports parents with parenting classes, respite care, financial literacy trainings, improved connection to other parents and neighborhood, and other supports needed to stabilize fragile families. Find out more about Fostering Hope.
Collaborative Partners: Catholic Community Services, Mid-Willamette Community Action Agency, Mano a Mano, Marion Polk Medical Society, Salem Leadership Foundation, Yamhill Community Care Organization
Lead agency: Catholic Community Services
Health & Dental Clinic (Serving Marion and Polk Counties)
Provides dental and health education and services to children from disadvantaged economic social and family circumstances. Project provides education in the areas of dental health, diabetes prevention, and healthy lifestyles utilizing the 5210 project. Underinsured youth receive dental and vision services. Program also provides community health and vision clinics, screening clinics, parent education, referrals to specialized treatment, and emergency dental treatments.
Collaborative partners: Boys & Girls Club, Salem Health, School of Dental Health Science at Pacific University, Dr. Gary Boehne, DMD
Lead agency: Boys & Girls Club
Healthy Food for Vulnerable Underserved Population (Serving Yamhill County)
Provides healthy nutritious food options for vulnerable population in Yamhill County through two specific projects: Friday Family Food project ensures our most vulnerable children are fed over the weekend. This project also reduces absenteeism because children must be present on Friday to recieve weekend pack, and back at school on Monday to return pack; Harvest 2 Home project provides fresh fruits and vegetables to low income families throughout the growing season. Both projects disseminate educational information, and information about community health and wellness projects and resources.
Collaborative partners: Yamhill Community Action Partnership, Newberg School District, McMinnville School District, Manos Abiertas
Lead agency: Yamhill Community Action Partnerships
Yamhill County Service Integration Team (Serving Yamhill County)
Project will increase access to, and knowledge about, basic needs services for underserved and at-risk populations in Yamhill County. The focus on preventative health services is a strategy to reduce other educational, social, and economic impacts. Seven site based teams (based on school district catchment areas) will review and respond to urgent and basic needs requests, provide outreach and education, problem solve collectively, and work collaboratively in the community to offer classes, workshops and other tools to increase parenting skills and literacy programs. Urgent and basic needs include access to prescription medications, transportation assistance for medical appointments, emergency rental and utility assistance, food, clothing, and personal hygiene items.
Collaborative partners: Yamhill Community Care Organization, Yamhill County Health and Human Services, Head Start of Yamhill County
Lead agency: Yamhill Community Care Organization
Primary focus on Financial Stability:
Family Support Collaboration (Serving Polk County)
Provide Family Support Coaching, financial literacy training, and other supports to households who have tried to access services, but face eligibility barriers or other restrictions. Program will increase financial literacy and household budgeting skills for families that may fall between the cracks due to eligibility, while helping them navigate and connect to existing resources.
Collaborative partners: Salvation Army of Marion Polk, Polk County Family and Community Outreach, Family Building Blocks, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency
Lead agency: Salvation Army
Marion County Reentry Initiative (Serving Marion County)
Serves individuals returning to the community after incarceration. Project works with individuals who are assessed with a high or medium risk to recidivate to develop and execute a re-entry plan, access cognitive and other motivational classes, obtain ID and other needed documents, educational and employment assistance, help with needs related to housing, family, parenting, and mental health. The project also works with employers to understand supports and incentives available to companies who hire individuals coming out of incarceration.
Collaborative partners: Bridgeway Recovery Services Inc., Marion County Community Services Department, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency
Lead agency: Bridgeway Recovery Services Inc.
Peers Empowerment to Achieving Real Lasting Security - PEARLS (Serving Marion and Polk County)
Helps victims of domestic and sexual violence transition from crisis situations to maintaining long-term financial stability and permanent housing. The project provides clothing, transitional shelter, intensive case management services, financial literacy training, and guidance to secure and maintain permanent housing. Project builds stability, independence, resiliency, and self-sufficiency for survivors of violence.
Collaborative partners: Center for Hope and Safety, St. Francis Shelter, Helping Hands
Lead agency: Center for Hope and Safety
Summer Youth Program (Serving Marion and Polk Counties)
Work with 16 schools to engage youth to participate in project, which will result in interviewing and placement of 45 students in paying jobs at private businesses. Project develops relationship with businesses that have potential for long-term employment, and to provide six weeks of paid employment for youth going through the program. Youth going through the program develop a written career and education plan, learn how to write a resume, gain interview skills, and other essential job skills that will help them get and keep future employment.
Collaborative partners: Garten Services, Salem Keizer School District, Central School District, TJMaxx.
Lead agency: Garten Services Inc.
Back to School Basics
Salvation Army (Serving Marion and Polk Counties)
Emergency Financial Assistance
Northwest Human Services (Serving Marion County)
Emergency Safety Shelter
Sable House (Serving Polk County)
Emergency Services to Homeless Families
Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network (Serving Marion and Polk Counties)
St. Joseph Shelter (Serving Rural Marion County)
Homeless Stabilization Program
Yamhill Community Action Partnership (Serving Yamhill County)
Reentry & Shelter Services
Helping Hands Reentry Program (Serving Yamhill County)
Home Visiting Service
Family Building Blocks (Serving Rural Marion County)
Optimum Outcomes for Every Child
Yamhill County CASA (Serving Yamhill County)
Safety Permanency for Children
Marion County CASA (Serving Marion County)
Interim Rental &Utility Assist
Congregations Helping People (Serving Marion County)
HOME Youth & Resource Center
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (Serving Marion County)
Emergency food Assistance
Stayton Community Food Bank(Serving rural Marion County)