Volunteer Committees

Volunteer Committees

Fund Raising Committee

Lauren Jespersen, 2020 Campaign Chairman

Approximately 200 volunteers participate in raising money for the United Way Community Campaign and the Oregon Employees Charitable Fund Drive.

These volunteers serve as campaign coordinators at their workplace, and others assist by volunteering to be part of the campaign leadership team. The 2020 United Way Community Campaign raised $495,104 for 99% of our $500,000 campaign goal under the leadership of chairman Lauren Jespersen, Sky Lakes Medical Center foundation director.  Amber Gomes, Umpqua Bank Community Relations Manager will chair the 2021 Community Campaign.  The 2021 campaign goal Is $501,000.   As always, United Way accepts contributions, large or small, year-round.  Please give what you can.   Please contact United Way at 541-882-5558 if you wish to help. (Visit the fundraising page for more information)

Fund Distribution Committee

Sheri Hargrave
Sheri Hargrave

This committee enlists the help of about 30 volunteers each year.  Volunteers each contribute about 15 hours during the 8-week assignment. After a thorough review of all the agency programs seeking funds these volunteers make a funding recommendation to the United Way board of directors. Sheri Hargrave is the chairwoman of the fund distribution committee.  Volunteers for 2021 are being recruited now.   The process starts on March 31 and ends May 11th.  It’s a fun, very informative process.  Call United Way 882-5558 to get involved.  The 2021 process  was  conducted like the 2020 process with telephone conference calls due to COVID-19.  Call United Way at 541-882-5558 for more information or to get involved.  A volunteer registration form can be sent to you electronically, by US postal service, or (downloaded here).

The fund distribution volunteers for 2021 included:  

Grace Berardino Henley High School student
Mandi Clark Oregon Institute of Technology
Gerard Collins Klamath Falls City Schools
Heather Curtis
Washington Federal
Renee Ferguson
Dale Geigle
Klamath County IT Department
Tara Guthrie Oregon Institute of Technology
Jennifer Hamilton Columbia Forest Products
Phil Hull Kl. County Fire District One
Lauren Jespesen Sky Lakes Medical Center
Riley Knutson Henley High School student
Juan Maldonado Klamath Falls Toyota
Don McDonnell Oregon Institute of Technology
Brandon McGraw ORANG, Kingsley Field
Teresa Miles Umpqua Bank
Janah Moorer
Jose Rodriguez-Morelos Columbia Forest Products
Ruth Olsen Ross Ragland Theater
Nikki Osborn Klamath County Fire District #1
Jeremy Riblett ORANG, Kingsley Field
Eric Rose Collins Products, LLC
Katie Savage
Melody Smith  Umpqua Bank
Jenine Stuedli People’s Bank of Commerce
Heather Tyler Washington Federal
SHERI HARGRAVE, Chairwoman Carter-Jones Collections Service

Marketing & Communications Committee

Thomas Hottman
Tom Hottman

These volunteers are responsible to assist United Way staff with development of various communications tools such as brochures, tabloid inserts into the local newspaper, print and radio advertisement, local campaign video, annual report, and web page design/updates.

Volunteers include: Rob Siems, Basin Mediactive; Tim Trainor, Herald and News; Bob Winn, Wynne Broadcasting; and Tom Hottman, Committee Chairman with Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Special thanks to the Herald and News and both radio stations for donating a public service advertising campaign each year to the United Way (in-kind value exceeding $20,000).