September was an exciting month for Women United, marking the beginning of the school year and many opportunities for impact and support. In this month's meeting discussion began with the Red Cart Project, citing a continuing need for light, regular, and sport size tampons and pads. Requests from schools are increasing, with 12 carts and 628 kits delivered across Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties just this month. United Way expects this trend to continue, so if you are interested in hosting a collection drive or delivering supplies please contact Stephanie Bobb at email@example.com.
Human trafficking is an ongoing, frightening issue. Truckers Against Trafficking is an organization that is focused on training bus drivers and truckers to recognize signs of a trafficked victim or suspicious situations. Their message and website was shared in September's meeting, aligning with Women United's overarching purpose.
The next topic discussed was United Way's Kick-Off week, which began September 15th. Day of Caring was the first event announced, which ended up being a great success. Local organizations made requests for various projects which were fulfilled by teams of amazing volunteers. Workplace campaigns also kicked off on September 17th, marking the beginning of a vital time of the year for United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Funds raised through workplace campaigns represent a large percentage of the support we are able to provide within the community. If you are interested in starting a workplace campaign, or have questions e-mail Stephanie Bobb using the link above.
Lastly, updates regarding the Homeless Coalition were shared. Marion County has a large percentage of chronically unsheltered people, and there are many projects and efforts underway to provide sufficient support. A significant development involves a Youth Advisory Board that has been established and is currently operating. The Warming Shelter network is changing to Extreme Weather Shelters to provide more flexibility opening as needs arise. In addition to this more duration shelters are opening in preparation for the colder months ahead. In closing, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley's Senior Cottage Cluster Project was mentioned. This project aims to provide affordable housing to seniors, while maintaining independence and a sense of community. To find out more, click here.
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