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United Way Campaign

Living United is what this fall is all about!  Join us and thousands of other local folks as we come together to raise critically needed resources for education, income, health and transportation – the building blocks of a good life.

Check out the #JOLU posts from last fall and get campaign information.

Free Tax Preparation this Tax Season

We need to lift up the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and to help us connect community members to the valuable credit through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), AARP Tax Aid program and/or MyFreeTaxes throughout the tax season every year. 

We need your help in two ways:

  • Advocate for the EITC. We know the EITC works. In 2015 this pro-work, anti-poverty program lifted 6.5 million people out of poverty, including 3 million children, and in 2017 it brought back about $65 billion to the pockets of working families across the country. Tell your representative just how critical this working family tax credit is for your neighbors, co-workers, friends and
  • Spread the Word – Help family and friends connect to the EITC by using one of the available free tax filing programs. One in five who are eligible for the EITC are leaving money on the table – money that can make a big difference in paying bills and putting food on the table. And anyone earning $66,000 or less in 2017 can do their taxes for free at and can connect any credits for which they are eligible.

More about free tax filing>>

Mental Health Anti-Stigma

One in six Americans deal with mental illness, and they face a stigma that can be as painful as the disease itself.



Our Future Home!

What an amazing time United Way is in!  We are purchasing a permanent home for the United Way!  I don’t think we ever dreamed of this or maybe more truthfully, I didn’t dream of this.  When I first started here in 1996, we rented and had always rented.  When the economy took a sharp downturn, our board had the great...

Warm Smile

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward Happy Holidays! Finally sitting down to blog at work on December 22.  Missing wishing those who celebrate Hanukkah a very happy and joyous one because of my vacation!  I hope the season of light was beautiful for you.  For those about to...

Guest Blog — Lisa Stauffer

While on vacation in September, my husband and I stopped in Rock Springs, Wyoming to take a stretch break. I was taking pictures of a very old building, and a lady approached me asking if I was associated with United Way because of my Day of Caring T-shirt. She introduced herself as Kelly, a United Way employee. They...

Guest Blog, Deelia Warner — Parking Lots

9/29/2017 It’s surprising how much time I spend in parking lots.  I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise given how much I drive for my job, traveling to & fro Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Medford area, Brookings, Crescent City, etc.  I can tell you the best lots for shade in the summer, relaxing spots to eat lunch and...

Guest Blog, Nancy Brophy

Welcome to a guest blog from our lead office volunteer, Nancy Brophy. Nancy has been with United Way for a long time. She’s been a star volunteer in our two days a week for almost 8 years! Here’s her Live United story. Dee Anne Hi! First off let me give you a little background about how I became involved with United...


I’m proud how we come together as a nation in times of crisis, but I realized that I actually see that spirit here day in and day in this Cabinet.  I listen to Ed Sheeran a lot one song that I particularly like has a line that I thought had said “Human beings are destined to radiate or drain”; it made me think you...

I Went for Wendy

Today I attended a memorial service.  It was among the most remarkable I’ve attended.  It honored a very specific person, well two people really.  Yet I felt the presence of all my own losses in life and many others I’ve witnessed and learned of on this journey we call life. The service was a memorial for Wendy’s...

Wade in the Water

Wade in the Water Well, I’m doing it. I’ve been asked repeatedly since the forecast started calling for Hurricane Harvey to arrive, “Who should I give to?” It’s like election time when people ask me who should I vote for. My goodness I think give and vote. Both matter. Give. Vote. We have these negative stories...

Broken Roads

Saturday, I drove to Cave Junction to talk with a leadership group from Rogue Credit Union and some youth they were coaching during the day. They were having fun too. I was asked to talk about what inspired me or made me strong. I went with what made me feel strong. They were an inspiring group. They gave their...

Speak Truth to Power

It’s been a hard week here and on the other side of our country.  I’m not sure I was going to blog but I sat glued to the television yesterday because it was too smoky to do the Medford Food Project for me yesterday due to my asthma.  That was a bad alternate choice.  It was devastating to watch what was happening in...




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community to care for
one another.


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We help people fulfill their potential and improve lives in our community by informing, advocating, convening and facilitating human services.


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