Help Put Owen "Over the Edge" for Deschutes United Way!
$1,795 raised
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My name is Owen Mitz and I have lived in Bend for over 12 years.  I am a small business owner, a husband/father/grandfather, a former computer geek, a raptor handler, a mentor to teenage boys and an enthusiastic cook. My wife and I actually live on the edge of the lava flow that headed north from Lava Butte some 7000 years ago.  That’s why the name of my business is “LavaEdge.” We provide compostable, single-use food service items to local coffee shops, restaurants and environmentally responsible businesses.

I support many nonprofits through product donations from LavaEdge and I know the work of United Way of Deschutes County is essential for a healthy community. Particularly impressive is United Way’s leadership in coordinating local agencies’ efforts to address childhood trauma and foster resilience. This work, along with all the other community services United Way provides, is worthy of the support of all of us. 

I am not crazy about heights (to say the least!) but I am going to rappel off the top of the Oxford Hotel anyway.  I hope you will choose to be part of my “Over the LAVAedge” team to cheer me on. And please donate to this effort as generously as you can.  All funds go to the United Way of Deschutes County.

Thank You!

I'm going to rappel down the Oxford Hotel, in exchange for donations back to the amazing local non-profit organization, United Way of Deschutes County.

EVENT DATE: September 7th, 2019
LOCATION: The Oxford Hotel -  10 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97703

About United Way of Deschutes County

At United Way of Deschutes County, we fight for the health, education, financial stability, and resilience of EVERY person in our Central Oregon community. We’re more than fundraisers. We’re changemakers.

Since 1953, United Way of Deschutes County has been strengthening communities in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties and investing locally in our community’s most needed programs and services while simultaneously strengthening our community.

For 66 years, we’ve focused on HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND FINANCIAL STABILITY as the foundation of wellbeing and opportunity, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter.

As we continue to focus on these causes, we are also working upstream to tackle CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: the root cause of many challenges currently faced by so many in our community.

And, we’ve taken on RESILIENCE – the ability to manage hardship, cope with stress, and bounce back from trauma. Resilience is like an inoculation against the impacts of trauma. We work to improve lives and foster a healthier Central Oregon in 4 main ways.

1. We serve as an INCUBATOR for community movements, initiatives, and programs that need to exist in Central Oregon and fill those gaps by making them happen.

2. Through GRANTMAKING, we support local, direct-service nonprofits and programs that focus on a wide range of human health and wellness issues in our region.

3. We conduct NEEDS ASSESSMENT throughout our community. We gather data on poverty, financial hardship, basic needs gaps, resilience and more.

4. We offer PHILANTHROPIC opportunities. From individual community members to businesses and employers, everyone can give back to our community by giving to or through United Way.

We are investing in future solutions to the challenges that we have historically addressed through funding, such as basic needs, safety net, and prevention. While we will continue to address issues that are happening right now, we are simultaneously moving upstream to address the root causes of issues that are immediate today, so that they don’t exist tomorrow. Funding the immediate is necessary, but not sufficient.

Building on tradition and assuming a strong role in convening and collaborating with our Central Oregon community allows us to address these root causes of critical issues affecting our community. We remain focused on our community’s human and social service needs to improve lives and create measurable, sustained change in our community.

United Way of Deschutes County belongs to OUR Central Oregon community.

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