The United Way of the Columbia Gorge collects donation funds throughout the year to help people right here in the Columbia River Gorge. We do this with several fundraising events such as a summer concert in The Dalles, a gala in Hood River and a holiday concert in Hood River. We also accept individual donations, company campaigns (payroll deductions, corporate gifts and employee matching funds), and sponsorships (sponsoring all or part of fundraising events).
Once a year, our Allocations Committee meets to decide how to disperse the UWCG funds to non-profit organizations that, in turn, provide services to our Gorge communities. The Committee members are volunteers representing all three councils: Hood River, Klickitat/Skamania, and Wasco/Sherman.
This year, 29 non-profit organizations submitted grant applications to the United Way of the Columbia Gorge. Over a two-week period, the committee heard presentations from representatives for each organization and had the opportunity to ask questions regarding their applications. It was interesting, educational, and emotional to hear about the community needs here in the Gorge. It was also heartening to hear from the presenters about all that is being done to help our communities and the scores of amazing volunteers who help make it happen.
After thoughtful deliberation and discussion, the committee made their decisions, focusing mainly on the issues of food scarcity, domestic violence, mental health issues – especially among young people – and literacy. The following organizations were granted allocations for 2023-24: Washington Gorge Action Programs, Columbia Gorge Food Bank, Helping Hands Against Violence, Columbia Gorge CASA, Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, SafeSpace Children’s Advocacy Center of the Gorge, The Dalles Community Backpack Program, The Dalles Community Backpack Program, Klickitat Senior Services, CultureSeed, The Dalles Meals on Wheels, FISH, The Dalles Farmers Market, Youth Empowerment Program, Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center, Hood River Valley Adult Center, Community Meals Inc., Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Hood River County Christmas Project, Hood River County Prevention Department, New Hope Farms Inc., Play Frontier, First Book Wasco County, Keeping Kids Involved in Developmental Sports LLC, Back Packs 4 Kids, First Book Hood River County, SMART Reading, and Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America.
Thank you to all who donate to make these contributions possible. Your generous donations help make a difference in our Columbia Gorge communities.