United Way Day of Caring Project 2012

Day of Caring 2012 will be held on September 21st at 8am. Pat Burness of the Women’s Resource Center is coordinating the event. Command Master Chief, Jeffrey S. Hayes, CAPT Len R. Tumbarello & AETCS Joseph w. (Bill) Adams are coordinating with the Chiefs of each department to get volunteers.  In the past the Coast Guard has helped the Women’s Resource Center with painting the shelters, putting in a garden, and moving 250 cases of toilet paper into storage to name a few.

There will be three key projects: Painting and yard work at the shelter & boarding house, clean and stretch carpet. Also, remove chain link fence between properties and possibly rebuild a fence on the frontage road on bond street. (Depends on amount of volunteers who come and cost)

“In the past the Coast Guard has helped with big projects and needless to say  we would not have had the volunteer labor to maintain our homes without the help of the Coast Guard.” said Pat Burness.



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If you are interested in volunteering, please call Pat at 503-325-4962.



It’s not too late to make a year-end contribution!

It’s not too late to make a year-end contribution!
For taxpayers who itemize deductions, it is not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to the United Way Campaign. Donors can mail contributions before the end of the year to: PO. Box 775, Astoria, OR 97103.

Visit for more information on how to donate: http://www.clatsopunitedway.org

Thank you for your support and Happy New Year!
Darlene Felkins, Executive Director

UWCC Agencies who receive funding:
American Red Cross, Clatsop Service Center, Oregon Trail Chapter:
Boy Scouts of America, Fort Clatsop District:
Camp Kiwanilong:
Clatsop CASA Program:
Clatsop Community Action:
Hope House,
Lives in Transition:
Restoration House:
The Healing Circle (VOCA)
The Lighthouse for Kids:
The Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program:
Women’s Resource Center/Hutchens House:

Agencies Descriptions:
American Red Cross, Clatsop Service Center, Oregon Trail Chapter: A humanitarian organization led by volunteers that will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Boy Scouts of America, Fort Clatsop District: The Boy Scouts of America is a family based organization that helps develop citizenship, character and physical fitness in the youth of Clatsop County. Serves boys ages 6-20 and girls 14-20 through adult mentoring programs.
Camp Kiwanilong: Camp Kiwanilong is an environmentally unique, rustic camp that specializes in serving area youth with a six-week summer program. Other groups utilizing the facilities include school groups, youth and community organizations and families.
Clatsop CASA Program: Court Appointed Special Advocate Program provides advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile court and child welfare system. Our goal is to achieve a safe permanent home for each child we serve.
Clatsop Community Action: We are a non-profit agency, which helps mobilize resources to end poverty. Our mission is to help people meet housing, food, and other basic living needs. We operate the CCA Regional Food Bank and Hilltop low income Apartments.
Hope House, A division of Lutheran Community Services NW. Hope House serves children and adults who are struggling with life’s challenges, focusing on recovery from grief and trauma through groups, and individual and family counseling.
Lives in Transition: A Clatsop Community College program designed to assist displaced homemakers, single parents and dislocated workers achieve economic self-sufficiency. The information provided empowers individuals to set and maintain goals for success.
Restoration House: We provide housing, meals and supportive services to homeless men. We focus on assisting our clients in addressing the problems and issues in their lives that led to their situation.
The Healing Circle (VOCA) Victory over child abuse. Our purpose is to create safe specialized, annual camp programs for child survivors of sexual abuse. Adult volunteers provide children healing time during camp, and monthly children’s programs
The Lighthouse for Kids: We are a medically based, organization that provides skilled and comprehensive medical assessments for children involved in allegations of child abuse or neglect while trying to reduce the trauma to the child.
The Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program: Spearheads the lunch buddy mentoring program and the backpack program; providing mentoring to students 1st through 8th grade and new backpacks with school supplies to children in Kindergarten through third grade.
Women’s Resource Center/Hutchens House: serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Key-programs include 1) Victim Advocacy: 24-hour hotline 503-325-5735, 24 hour crisis response with law enforcement and to hospitals, assistance with filing temporary restraining orders and court advocacy, support groups, and information & referral; 2) Hutchens House a safe house shelter for victims and their children and 3) Déjà Vu Thrift Shop and employment training site where tax deductible donations are recycled, refurbished, and sold helping to support the organization’s many programs.

Joyce Rangila, UWCC Marketing Manager
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Iron Chef Goes Coastal 2012 Winners!

2013 Iron Chef CompetitorsThe winners of the fifth annual Iron Chef Goes Coastal were Cannon Beach competitors Will Leroux of the Wayfarer Restaurant and Aaron Bedard of Stephanie Inn.

The annual event is a fundraiser for United Way of Clatsop County. Each year, the previous year’s Iron Chef winners, chosen by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice winners draw knives to form two competing teams.

Leroux passed the torch to fellow Wayfarer chef Josh Archibald.

Bedard and Archibald will draw knives with this year’s People’s Choice winners—Chris Holen of Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria and Sebastian Carosi of Pickled Fish in Longbeach, Wash.—to form new teams.

All food is donated by Food Services of America and the participating restaurants and chefs donate their time to the event, so 100 percent of the money raised benefits United Way of Clatsop County and its 12 partner agencies.

More than 500 people attended the event. Organizers said it was very successful and raised $35,000 for United Way of Clatsop County plus an additional $10,000 matching grant from US Bank.

The event also received a $10,000 matching grant from US Bank.

Iron Chef Goes Coastal 2012

Iron Chef Goes Coastal 2012
The 5th Annual Iron Chef Goes Coastal—sponsored by US Bank—will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Seaside
Convention Center. 2011 Iron Chef winners, William Leroux of the Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge and John
Newman of Newmans at 988, will draw knives with the 2011 People‘s Choice Award Winners, Astoria Coffeehouse
& Bistro and Stephanie Inn, forming two new teams to compete in a timed duel for the coveted 2012 Iron Chef
Title. Come be part of this exciting competition while sampling delectable bites and casting your votes for the 2012
“People’s Choice” tasting and “People’s Dessert of Clatsop County”. Due to the generous amount of time and food
donated by FSA and the participating restaurants 100% of all proceeds benefit United Way of Clatsop County and
it’s agencies.
Again this year a judge position will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. For the “People’s Choice” award you get to be the judge, by visiting each restaurant and casting your vote. After the votes are tallied, the top two restaurants will be announced and qualify as competitors in the 2013 Iron Chef Competition. Don’t forget dessert…again you get to be the judge for the “People’s Dessert Choice” where local pastry chefs compete for “Best Dessert of Clatsop County.” Door opens @5pm for silent auction and reserved seating. General admission door opens @6pm. Competition GONG sounds at 7pm.
The first Iron Chef Goes Coastal event was held in 2008. It has grown each year to attract more guests and raise more money for local United Way agencies. Chloe Houser of FOX12 Oregon of PDX TV and local Chef Geoff Gunn will EMCEE the event.
General admission tickets and reserved seating tickets can be purchased NOW
General Admission tickets $30. Each, $35 at the door
Reserved Seating $60. each
To purchase Reserved Tables for (10) & Balcony party rooms (seats 16) please contact the United Way office: Email: uwcc@pacifier.com or find us on face book (United Way of Clatsop County) or website:www.clatsopunitedway.org, Events.
Tickets also available at: US Banks in Astoria, Seaside, & Cannon Beach, Baked Alaska Restaurant, (UWCC Office;closed on Monday and Fridays,)
1004 Marine Drive (cellar level office/neighbors of Cellar on 10th) 503-325-1961 .
The Mission of United Way of Clatsop County is; “To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Clatsop County Communities. Contributions are used to aid local needs.”

United Way Sponsors of Iron Chef Goes Coastal:
Presenting Sponsor: US BANK
Food Service of America
Dining Out Northwest
Lum’s Auto Center
Polk Riley Printing
Northwest Natural
Bank of Astoria
Teevin Bros. Land & Timber

Iron Chef Goes Coastal, Seaside Hotels

Attending our fundraising event in Seaside November 13th?  There are many wonderful hotels in Seaside and surrounding cities.  Check our local chamber websites for full details.  Seaside Shilo has offered to have a block of rooms saved for you…We also want to take this opportunity to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Shilo for supplying our VIP’s with a suite the night of the event.

United Way of Clatsop County Kicks Off 2012 “Our” Community Campaign!


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For Immediate Release: Contact: Darlene Felkins

UW Office: 503-325-1961 uwccdirector@pacifier.com

Home Office: 503-861-1246 dfelkins@pacifier.com

United Way of Clatsop County Kicks Off 2012 “Our” Community Campaign!

On Sept 20th, the United Way of Clatsop County (UWCC) launched their 2012 fundraising efforts with a kick-off celebration at the CCA Regional Food Bank which operates as an Oregon Food Bank distribution center located at 2010 SE Chokeberry Avenue in Warrenton, OR. In the CCA Regional Food Bank network there are 9 pantries, 3 shelters, 9 hot meal sites, and several other sites and affiliated agencies. In attendance were representatives of the 12 agencies who receive funds from UWCC, showcasing their services to the campaigner’s. Campaigners are from local companies committed to running an In-House fundraising effort which goes towards UWCC’s annual goal. Jim Zile, Treasurer for United Way reported so far the campaign is at 20% of the $300,000 goal!
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Georgia Pacific Wauna Mill 2012 Campainer’s Tour of UWCC Agencies


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  For immediate release: $300,000 is the Goal set by United Way of Clatsop County’s board of directors for the 2012-2013 Annual Campaign. The campaign begins on September 20, 2012 with a Kick Off at the Clatsop Community Action’s Regional … Continue reading

Day Of Caring, Friday, September 21st, 2012

Day of Caring is a United Way event/ “volunteer work party” and this year Pat Burness, Director of Womens Resource Center has asked our local Coast Guard Station for help and they graciously accepted and will start at 0800 on Friday the 21st.  There are 3 projects planned including the two safe homes, painting, fencing and gardening.

If Interested in volunteering please call Pat at 503-325-4962





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Georgia Pacific-Wauna Paper Mill donates $20K in paper products to United Way


Unloading 500 cases of napkins Courtesy photo

Unloading 500 cases of napkins

ASTORIA – Georgia Pacific-Wauna Paper Mill in Clatskanie donated 500 cases of napkins, valued at $20,000, to United Way of Clatsop County. They will be distributed to a variety of social service agencies. The agencies UWCC financially supports have first choice.

The following have requested 322 of the cases: Women’s Resource Center, Restoration House, United Way Office, Camp Kiwanilong, Clatsop Community Action, The Healing Circle-(VOCA), Clatsop Community Action, Clatsop CASA Program, American Red Cross, Lives In Transition.

In addition to the UWCC agencies some have been earmarked for use by the Student Government Association at Tongue Point Job Corps and some for various uses by UWCC a total of 422 cases. The balance may be used to help with the Holiday Baskets later this year.

Until the remaining cases are distributed the Bank of Astoria has graciously offered to store the napkins in their Astoria Branch basement.

The mission of United Way of Clatsop County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Clatsop County Communities. Contributions are used to aid local needs.

For more information or to donate, contact United Way of Clatsop County www.clatsopunitedway.org,   503-325-1961  or P.O. Box 775, Astoria, OR 97103.