First Interstate Bank Foundation Grant Awarded

United Way of Deschutes County Receives Grant from First Interstate Bake Foundation

Funds to Support Community Resilience Building


First Interstate Bank Foundation awarded United Way of Deschutes County a $10,000 grant in support of the nonprofit’s current initiative called TRACES (Trauma, Resilience, and Adverse Childhood Experiences). The initiative is a community-wide effort involving over 30 local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and community members, and is led by United Way. The goal is to dramatically improve health and well-being in Central Oregon by building resilience in individuals, families, and our community, and by addressing childhood trauma and toxic stress, problems that lie at the root of many of our region's most complex health and social issues so that everyone in Central Oregon thrives.


The First Interstate Bank Foundation Leadership Grant was awarded in coordination with local branch leadership based on the needs of our community. This grant will help individuals and families better overcome adverse situations and achieve positive outcomes, leading to better health, greater educational attainment, and improved work and financial success through TRACES. The initiative will also focus on policy, legislation, organizational practices, promoting trauma-informed care, promoting community awareness, and strengthening community members’ skills.


United Way of Deschutes County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. For 65 years, the local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has worked to improve lives and foster a healthier Central Oregon.  United Way is now focused on addressing the root causes of some of the biggest issues affecting our region and creating systemic and lasting change. To learn more, visit or call 541.389.6507.