>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

La Grande, OR forecast
& Eastern Oregon University Valley Cam

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

Today's front page

Image of The Observer's Front Page

Get Home Delivery of The Observer for only $8.50 per month, $9.50 for motor routes. Just click here and after filling out one simple and secure online form you could be on your way to learning more information about local, state and world news.

manage your account »

Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow United Way starts drive

United Way starts drive

All money raised in Union County stays in Union County

United Way of Eastern Oregon’s annual fundraiser has shifted into high gear, giving Union and Baker County residents a golden opportunity to help their neighbors in need.

The fundraiser, which kicked off Oct. 1 and continues through December, gleans donations for a wide array of agencies and organizations that help the community’s disadvantaged. Executive Director Elena Nightingale said it’s a key element in the ongoing effort to deliver vital services. 

“We support local non-profit human resource agencies in Union and Baker counties,” Nightingale said. “Our fundraiser reduces the amount of fundraising those agencies have to do through the year.”

Nightingale said all money raised in Union County stays in Union County, unless a donor designates the contribution should go elsewhere. Any part of or the entire donation may be designated for a specific agency.

More than a dozen agencies in Union and Baker County benefit from United Way’s efforts. They include area food banks, Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries, domestic violence crisis intervention services including Shelter From the Storm and Mayday, Court Appointed Special Advocates, organizations for young people such as Kids Club and Girl Scouts, and more.

Nightingale said most of those agencies and organizations operate on a tight budget and have a continual need for community support. Most depend on volunteers.

“The volunteers use their own resources. They drive their own automobiles and pay for their own gas. This means the dollars go further and go to the needs of the people they serve,” she said.

Highlighting the volunteer efforts, Nightingale pointed to the Elgin Food Bank. She said it has been in operation for 10 years and most of the original volunteers are still there, even though working conditions are less than ideal.

“They are, in their own words, ‘old,’ but they are dedicated,” Nightingale said. “In order to save money while working in the large, drafty building, they bundle up in hats, coats, gloves and long underwear.”

To help United Way, people can sign up for a regular payroll deduction, or they can make individual donations through check, debit or credit card. Nightingale said any and all help is appreciated.

“We seek a lot of small donations. There are just under 10,000 households in Union County, and if each gave just a dollar a week, we’d raise a large amount,” Nightingale said.

People wanting to give through payroll deduction should talk to their employers. Individuals whose employers who don’t have a deduction program, or those wanting to make private donations, can contact United Way at 541-962-0306, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or PO Box 862, La Grande 97850.

To learn more about United Way of Eastern Oregon, visit the Website at www.eoni.com/uweo.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

LaGrandeObserver.com works best with the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari

propecia versand acheter cialis en pharmacie cialis marche pas sites ou acheter cialis en ligne cialis på nätet cialis piller viagra bij vrouwen commander viagra viagra tilskud cialis instrucciones cialis chez la femme farmacia online kamagra viagra lisboa kamagra wien ersatz viagra viagra generika 100 mg cialis su internet viagra billig viagra geneve finasteride 5 mg