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Help me go Over The Edge for United Way of Deschutes County!
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Ended Sep 23, 2019

Help me make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community!

I'm raising money for the United Way of Deschutes County, an incredible organization that's working to address trauma, resilience and adverse childhood events in our community. Our work helps provide the support and resources so that everyone in Bend can thrive.

By donating to my Over the Edge campaign, you'll do two things:

  1. Provide much-needed resources that help people thrive
  2. Give me the chance to rappel off of BEnd's tallest building - The Oxford Hotel

The work of the United Way is important to me. That's why I joined the board this January. As the child of two public educators, I grew up hearing stories of the challenging home lives students brought with them into the classroom. Hungry kids. Abused kids. Kids who didn't know where they'd be sleeping some nights. And the list goes on and on. Each of these adverse childhood events negatively impacts health outcomes into adulthood. They interfere with a student's ability to learn. But if we can identify and address root causes before trauma or adverse events occur, maybe we could make a difference in their ability to thrive? Or if they've already happened, maybe we can provide the resources and support to build resilience and overcome those experiences? 

Help us make a difference!

Learn more about TRACEs and the United Way at https://www.deschutesunitedway.org/work/incubation/.

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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