About United Way of Deschutes County

Established in 1953, the United Way of Deschutes County is separately incorporated and independently governed by a local board of community leaders and volunteers.

We bring people and organizations together to make long-lasting, visible and measurable changes in our community that help build stronger individuals, families and communities. Together, we help strengthen the building blocks for a good life — Education, Income (financial stability) and Health — while maintaining safety net services in food, shelter and safety for individuals facing crisis situations.

Volunteers and staff research and review human and social conditions in the community and develop Community Impact Priorities based on the most urgent issues and where/how we can support solutions that will have the most lasting impact on the community as a whole.

Together we will create a healthier and more prosperous community with opportunities for everyone.


United Way supports lasting solutions that build life-long learners and opportunity for all.

We look at the big picture, then we address gaps in services by working with partners to help children be ready for school, help them stay in school and prepare them for a successful future.


United Way focuses on helping people learn new skills to get and keep a good job, gain independent living skills, and overcome crisis.

When we’re self-sufficient and independent, we’re more likely to access resources, provide a good education for our kids and contribute to our economy.


United Way is committed to working with partners to improve well-being by promoting healthy lifestyles and broadening access to health services.

Healthy communities support social innovations, offer everyone access to medical care, and encourage people to support each other.


  • Take-Aide: Free tax preparation assistance program
  • Central Oregon 211: Connecting people to needed services
  • FamilyWize: Free prescription discount card program
  • Thrive Central Oregon: Connects individual needs with community resources