United Way of Columbia County (Oregon) is in the final stages of the campaign for this year. They will be collecting donations through the end of February, when the allocation process begins.
One of the challenges for our United Way is that over 70% of those who live in the county and work, work outside of the county. This is mostly in Clackamas, Clark, Cowlitz, Multnomah and Washington counties. These counties are covered by two different United Ways.
If you work in those counties and participate in your employers United Way campaign and do not check the box designating that your donations go to the United Way of Columbia County, your money will be allocated to groups in the above counties and not to those in Columbia County.
So if you work outside of Columbia County and participate in a United Way Campaign, please check the box to designate that it goes to United Way of Columbia County. Also, please let your coworkers, friends and neighbors who commute outside of Columbia County know about this important issue.
Make sure that your donations go to help groups in Columbia County.