Toxic stress of childhood poverty can inhibit early development of the brain, leaving children with both academic and behavioral problems.
92,395 children are enrolled in schools in our tri-county area, more than 1/4 of them live below the poverty line.
Teachers currently support the basic needs of their students (i.e. shoes, hygiene, nutrition, etc.) out of their own pockets or through a small amount of community advocates.
Our goal is to provide every K-5 classroom in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, with Resource Rooms, Backpack Programs or other supports that will allow them to empower those students whose families are struggling to meet basic needs.
We believe collective impact is the only way to ensure meaningful, permanent change. United Way means to respond to the community crisis of unsheltered men, women and children by fostering tangible solutions that address the unmet needs gap.
Our proposed project utilizes a 14-foot trailer that has been retrofitted into a mobile hygiene unit. Current drafts for the trailer include 3 individual bathroom and shower stalls. The trailer is equipped with a water heater and gray and black water tanks.
Once driven to a pre-established location, the trailer will be connected to water access, providing 20 minutes of privacy, cleanliness, and comfort to those who need it.
As our Resource Phase progresses, we’ll be looking to engage community nonprofit partners, city administration, community members and advocates to ensure our project is successful.
In January 2018, Raul Marquez, a McKay High School senior and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley board member, presented a Leadership Project to the board: develop a teen homeless shelter.
United Way took action by developing a fundraising plan, sourcing a building for the proposed shelter, and engaging Mid-Valley Community Action Agencyas the service provider who would run the home. The board of directors supported this effort by granting the project with the initial $100,000 to kick it off.
Hundreds of community members, as well as the Oregon Legislature, helped to assure that Taylor's House becomes a reality. Currently, the house is in the remodeling stage and MVCAA has set a goal for it to be in operation by Fall of 2018.