Message from Our President

Message from our President Dennis Winn

The United Way of the Klamath Basin has been helping people in the Klamath Basin since 1945 (that’s 75 years in September). Our community has struggled with a down economy since the get recession of 2009 and have faced many hardships throughout our 75-year history.  But thanks to the loyalty and generosity of so many Klamath Basin citizens and businesses, our local United Way and its 17 supported agencies are helping about 20,000 local citizens each year. These program services have a profound impact toward improving the lives of local people of all ages.

Because the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted our entire nation, our local United Way set up an emergency response fund to help support our community citizens by providing immediate emergency funds to our local United Way agencies in need.   These agencies are accountable and operate at the highest standard of excellence.  All of the United Way supported agencies have been impacted by COVID-19.  They have lost revenue due to cancellation of fund raising events and have made modifications to their program services.  Some have seen an increased demand for services from local people who have been laid off from work.

The United Way kept its COVID-19 emergency response campaign open until July 31st and raised $58,325 with all of these funds (100%) going to those United Way agencies seeking emergency funds.  All of us with the United Way are confident that our community will recover from this health crisis.  Until then, be safe and we urge everyone to follow the health guidelines established by our local and state regulations.

Now our United Way is 100% focused on the United Way Community Campaign with our goal of $500,000 to help all 17 of our local United Way agencies throughout this year and in 2021.  Your help is needed.  Please send whatever you can to United Way of the Klamath Basin at 136 N. Third Street in Klamath Falls, OR  97601.

With a growing demand for services, our local United Way has a huge responsibility to make sure everyone in the Klamath Basin is given an opportunity to help by making a contribution to the cause. I believe a gift to our local United Way is the best way to help a wide variety of agencies with just one contribution. Our United Way is well run, efficient, and 98 cents of every dollar donated to our local United Way stays local. That’s real impact. We appreciate your generous support and hope that you will join us in the on-going effort to make Klamath Country strong by donating to your local United Way Community Campaign in 2020.  Your single gift to our United Way will support the year-round programs of 15 outstanding local United Way agencies.

I want to thank the United Way board of directors and all of our many volunteers for their time and expertise given to help improve our community. We have serious social problems in the Klamath Basin like substance abuse, domestic violence, hunger, child abuse, student drop outs, mental health issues, and so much more. Fortunately the United Way supports programs that help people overcome all of these problems. United Way is strongly committed through its funding of youth related agencies to help every student in the Klamath Basin to graduate from high school and succeed either in college or advanced vocational training. 100% graduation can be a reality. This is possible only if every student makes an effort to achieve 100% attendance at school. To succeed in life, you first have to show up, work hard, and don’t quit. Together we can continue to make the Klamath Basin an even better place to live, work, and raise our families. Thank you.

Click HERE to view the 2019 United Way Annual Report.