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.
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley strives to go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, we impact thousands of lives every year. The generosity of our donors and commitment of our community partners enables us to provide grants for outcome based programs and collaborative projects that address core needs and achieve lasting, measurable results.