United Way is currently at 77% toward its $575,000 goal for the 2018 campaign that ends on 03/31/2018. Businesses and residents are encouraged to donate or make a pledge before the end of the campaign.
United Way distributes funds to its non-profit partner agencies each year based on how much cash is in the bank on 03/31. “We need your help! Your dollars can translate into so much…from helping a troubled young child receive support so they are ready to enter Kindergarten, to helping a homeless family gain the tools and supports to become financially responsible, so they can effectively get back on their feet,” said United Way Executive Director, Brooke Fisher-Clark.
Sherrie Tinoco (Executive Director of Emergency Support Shelter) say’s “there is no organization that works to leverage community support for the benefit of local non-profit agencies like United Way of Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties. Their giving campaign brings thousands of people’s donations together to make an impact in the lives of people in our community.”
Cowlitz Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Diane Perron especially appreciated partnering with United Way during 2 events. “We partnered with United Way and Cowlitz PUD to successfully build and beautify a Habitat home and neighborhood and joined United Way in their efforts to enliven Giving Tuesday. United Way created and distributed a phenomenal Charity Wish List catalog that benefited 28 non-profits. It is an honor and joy to partner with such an amazing organization,” Perron said.
Brent Arnold (Cowlitz PUD Director of Customer Service and tenured United Way board member) stated “our dedicated Board members and a highly capable, driven staff pour their time and effort into the organization to sharpen operations and engagement. Today, we stand stronger—a leaner, more focused organization still able to impact our community. Two things remain to be said as I near the end of my Board membership… a heart-felt thank you to the staff and Board members that brought us through the obstacles and a plea to our community to stand with us by supporting the United Way!”
Some of United Way’s campaign accomplishments include sponsoring informative trainings; organizing more than 500 volunteers for the annual Day of Caring (the largest mass volunteer event in this area); and launching the United for Children Coalition on behalf of our communities most challenged children. “We are trying many new things to engage the community, support our local non-profit agencies, and enhance the impact our donors make. Please join us in reaching our campaign goal and help make a positive difference right here locally,” said Fisher-Clark.
Donations can be made at www.cowlitzunitedway.org, via phone 360-423-5320 or via mail (1338 Commerce Ave., Suite 206-Longview, WA 98632).