FamilyWise Partnership

For the last 10 years, United Way and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have collaborated to bring greater stability to communities nationwide. We know from experience that families living on the edge never struggle with just one issue; it’s the combination of several problems piling up that prevents families from finding stability and truly thriving. At United Way of Clatsop County, we partner with FamilyWize to increase the Health and Financial Stability of families in our communities. Through their prescription savings card, FamilyWize works to make prescription medications more affordable for all families, so that no one ever has to make the hard choice between the meds they need, and other basics like food or rent. In 2016 United Way of Clatsop County helped 606 people save $92,141!!

 

2014 Annual Campaign Kick-Off!

It’s almost time for our annual Campaign Kick-Off. Once again, this event will be held at the beautiful Lum’s Auto Center, and will feature tables and short presentations from all of the wonderful, essential local organizations that we support. All are welcome to join us, have some food and wine, and find out just who we are and where your donations go.

The 2014 Annual Campaign Kick-Off will be held on September 9 from 5:00 to 6:30pm at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton. See you there!

2014 Campaign Kick-off!

Meet Our New Leaders!

Meet Our New Leaders!

The United Way of Clatsop County welcomes a new Executive Director, Stacey Brown and a newly elected board president, Charlene Larsen!

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Former-President Darlene Felkins and Executive Director Stacey Brown

… And Saying “So Long”

After many years of devoted service to our organization, our Executive Director, Darlene Felkins has retired. Executive Assistant, Deanna Heacock has also left us. We thank both of them for their tireless work for our community over the years, and wish them the best in the next chapters of their lives.

We held a retirement get-together for Darlene on May 28, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria. This was a also a great opportunity to say “farewell” to our outgoing President, Dick Easton.

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Darlene Felkins, Dick Easton, and Deanna Heacock

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2013-2014 Fundraising Campaign

2013-14 Fundraising Campaign

The United Way of Clatsop County is nearing the end of its annual campaign to raise raise money for the dozen essential community organizations it serves. And US Bank’s generous annual contribution has pushed us to over 76% of our $275,000.00 goal.

Photo Op in True Pacific Northwest Fashion!(from left to right) Jennifer Holen: Special Events, Jessica Narkius & JoAnn Lopez: Tongue Point Job Corps, Charelen Larsen: Pacific Power, Teresa Accuardi: Northwest Natural and UWCC Campaign Chairperson, Vicki Nutter: Columbia Memoria Hospital, Geoff Gunn: Iron Chef Volunteer, Dick Easton: President of UWCC, Kristi Ward: Georgia Pacific / Wauna Mill

In an effort to encourage the rest of the community who have not yet given, US Bank and other major donors braved the pouring rain and high winds to gather at our “Giving Thermometer” next to Dugger’s Restaurant in Warrenton.

Here are the major donors and the amounts they’ve contributed to the 2013-2014 Campaign:

US Bank with check for $10,800.00 contribution, Tongue Point Job Corps $11,501.00 contribution, Columbia Memorial Hospital’s contribution of $9,207.00, NW Natural $1,528, GP Wauna Mill (Company & Foundation, Employees, WSU Local 1097) $64764.00, Pacific Power $1,521.00, Events Iron Chef & Lite Bite Chaired: Jennifer Holen of Baked Alaska  $45,246.00, Advanced Giving Division  Chaired:Anne Barbey & Edith Hennigsgaard Miller $29,964

The United Way of Clatsop County annual campaign ends January 31, and will be taking donations for the 2013-2014 campaign for the rest of this month. If you would like to contribute, or would like more information, please visit our website at www.clatsopunitedway.org or call us at 503.325.1961.

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2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal

For Immediate Release:

2013 IRON CHEF GOES COASTAL IS COMING ON NOVEMBER 5TH!
October 2013

Contact: Scott Docherty or Darlene Felkins
(503) 325-1961
uwccdirector@pacifier.com

One of the most anticipated culinary events of the year is coming up on November 5. Iron Chef Goes Coastal will be held again this year at the Seaside Convention Center. More chefs, more restaurants and more great cuisine!

Four local chefs will form two teams and compete to win the 2013 Iron Chef goes Coastal Title. Chefs prepare a three-course dinner for the judges. One of those judges could be you! We hold a live auction before the competition, and the winning bidder gets to participate as a guest judge!

There will be a silent auction, where you can bid on food, beverages, and services from your local businesses. And, their will be a live auction where you can even bid on becoming an Iron Chef Goes Coastal judge!

Along with the Iron Chef main event competition, you will have the opportunity to taste and judge appetizers provided by the people’s choice participants. The top two from this category will secure their spot in the 2014 Iron Chef competition.  Attendees will also vote on their favorite dessert and the top restaurant will win the honor of “Best Dessert of Clatsop County”

Here are the 2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal participating restaurants:

People’s Choice:

1. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria
2. Astoria Coffee House, Astoria
3. Clemente’s, Astoria
4. Aloha Charlie’s Fish Co., Long Beach
5. Wet Dog Café, Astoria
6. Twisted Fish, Seaside
7. Maggie’s On the Prom, Seaside
8. Shilo Boardwalk Café (Chef Vincent LeFenet), Seaside
9. Shelburn Restaurant and Pub (Chef Robert Ericson), Long Beach
10. Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center CCA, (Chef Ira Krizo), Cannon Beach

Desserts:

1. 3 Cups Coffee House Columbia River Coffee Roasters, Astoria
2. Baked Alaska, Astoria
3. Stephanie Inn, Seaside
4. Astoria Golf and Country Club, Astoria
5. Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center Bakery, Cannon Beach
6. Picnic Basket, Cannon Beach

The four competing restaurants/chefs for the 2013 main event are: Chef Josh Archibald – Wayfarer, Aaron Bedard – Stephanie’s Inn, Charlie Zorich – Pickled Fish, abd Christpher Holen – Baked Alaska.

Since the start of this wonderful event, all proceeds have gone directly to The United Way of Clatsop County to benefit vital non-profit organizations that serve the many needs of our neighbors. It has become a major source of funding for the United Way, in addition to being a great way to find out about the world-class culinary artists in our area.

Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/436858. You can get your tickets in person at US Bank locations in Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach, The Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria, Mise En Place Kitchenware, as well as at the United Way office in Astoria – (503) 325-1961.

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The 2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal is sponsored by US Bank, Food Services of America, Dining Out in the Northwest, Columbia Bank, Northwest Natural, Lektro, Polk Riley Printing & Design, Coast Community Radio, 94.9 FM, Hits 94.3 FM, KSWB Gold 840 AM, and Ohana Media Group

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2013 Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off

For Immediate Release:

UNITED WAY 2013 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
September 2013

Contact: Darlene Felkins or Scott Docherty
(503) 325-1961
uwccdirector@pacifier.com

This month, the United Way of Clatsop County launched its 2013 Fundraising Campaign with very successful kick-off.  The event was held at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton, and was an opportunity for Campaigners and supporters to become acquainted with the twelve service organizations, currently receiving funding from United Way. Presentations were made, and the community was given a snapshot view into these very important groups who serve our neighbors who have the biggest need. Please see our website for more details – www.clatsopunitedway.org

One of the biggest supporters of the United Way of Clatsop County for years has been Georgia Pacific’s Wauna Mill. Representing this generous company, Kristi Ward presented UWCC’s president, Dick Easton, with a check for $31,500.  In addition, employees will have to opportunity to give through payroll deductions.2013_campaign_04

 Georgia Pacific’s Kristi Ward presenting check for $31,500 to President Dick Easton along with the United Way of Clatsop County’s board of directors and Campaign Chairperson, Teresa Accuardi. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com

 This year’s fundraising goal is $275,000, which has already reached 30%. (This number changes daily.) Through the ongoing generosity of our community, and upcoming popular events, like Iron Chef Goes Coastal and Lite Bite, we hope to reach our campaign goal and continue to provide much-needed support to the organizations that help our community. To lend your support, please contact the United Way of Clatsop County at (503) 325-1961. And be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for up-to-date information about upcoming events.

Additional photos for your consideration:

2013_campaign_01UWCC President Elect Charlene Larsen and Executive Director Darlene Felkins. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com

2013_campaign_03Appetizers graciously provided by Clatsop County Food Bank, beverages generously supplied by Clatsop Distributing. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com

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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.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY

UNITED WAY OF CLATSOP COUNTY

By Ad Diva Marketing, 9/3/12

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
503-325-1961
uwccdirector@pacifier.com

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
Ad Diva Services
Ad.diva97103@gmail.com
503-468-8979