Our Impact

I heart photoUnited Way of Deschutes County helps strengthen the building blocks for a good life—Education, Income 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.

EDUCATION   5,962 people reached

United Way focuses on ensuring children are nurtured by informed parents/caregivers and have access to quality developmental and educational services which prepare them for success in school and life.  Priorities include: children entering school ready to succeed; children and youth achieve academic goals; and children and youth are emotionally healthy and socially competent.

FINANCIAL STABILITY & SAFETY NET           8,601 people reached

United Way United Way is committed to working with partners to ensure individuals and families can meet life’s basic needs (food, shelter, and healthcare) and gain economic stability through education, job training, permanent housing and basic supportive services. UWDC supports programs for people living in poverty, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and other vulnerable populations.

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.


HEALTH & SAFETY           45,720 people reached

United Way has a vision that all people have access to quality, affordable healthcare and have the opportunity to maximize their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being to lead independent, productive lives.

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


RESILIENCE          209 people reached

United Way envisions a region where: every individual has the strength, connections, and support needed to thrive; where leaders, organizations, and communities actively build systems that help build resilience; where strength is built and results in high levels of health and well-being and low levels of chronic health conditions; where all children achieve their highest level of education success and graduate on time; and where all adults are financially stable and contributing participants in their community.

Priorities include: adults and children receive opportunities to experience mastery and build confidence; adults and children develop the ability to make sense of their experience and develop a growth mindset; children have access to adult mentors and role models for developing healthy relationships; and children develop a strong cultural identity and conflict resolution skills.