October 23, 2017

United Way of Deschutes county turns 65

From United Way of Deschutes county,

October 25th Event is open to the Public

United Way of Deschutes County is hosting a Transformation Celebration to mark changes in focus, approach, and community investment strategy that the local nonprofit has undergone as it turns 65 years old.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 25th from 7 – 9 pm in the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, located on the 3rd floor of 901 SW Simpson Avenue in Bend. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, a short program, and live acoustic pop music by the local band “Popcorn.” There is a $10 suggested donation to attend. Guests can find more information and RSVP by calling 541.389.6507 or by going to www.deschutesunitedway.org/transformation-celebration.

United Way of Deschutes County has recently launched its community fundraising campaign. The goal? Raise $1.5 million to be spent benefiting Central Oregonians. The organization has shifted focus and is creating change and improving lives by taking on community conditions that cause and contribute to critical problems.

Education, health, and financial stability are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. The nonprofit will continue to serve our community’s most vulnerable populations and continue their ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community's safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community. Some funds raised in this campaign will support these investments. In addition, because childhood trauma is the root cause of so many health, education, and financial stability issues faced by members of our community, the organization has also adopted reducing childhood trauma and improving resilience as top priorities. Some funds raised in this year's campaign will be directed towards this social change work. According to Diana Fischetti, director of development and marketing, “by focusing on trauma and resilience, we are moving upstream to prevent those challenges in education, health, and financial stability to which we have been, and will continue to be, so dedicated.”

United Way of Deschutes County is a Central Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local Board of Directors, community leaders, and volunteers. Established in 1952, we have been building stronger individuals, families, and communities for 65 years by investing in the most needed programs and services while simultaneously strengthening our community. To learn more visit www.deschutesunitedway.org or call us at 541.389.6507.

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