Volunteer Committees

Volunteer Committees

Fund Raising Committee

Lauren Jespersen, 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 2019 United Way Community Campaign raised $493,280 for 97% of our $507,000 campaign goal under the leadership of chairman Dennis Winn.   Lauren Jespersen, Sky Lakes Medical Center foundation director will chair the 2020 Community Campaign and the 2020 campaign goal has been set at $500,000.   Currently 50% or $250,000 has been raised.  He have a long way to go.  Please give what you can.  The final 2020 Campaign results will be announce following our annual board meeting on January 26, 2021.   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 30 to 40 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 2020 are being recruited now.   The process starts on March 19 and ends May 12th.  It’s a fun, very informative process.  Call United Way 882-5558 to get involved.  The 2020 process was conducted by telephone conference calls due to COVID-19.  It is looking like the 2021 process will also be done by teleconferencing.  Call United Way at 541-882-5558 for more information or to get involved.

The fund distribution volunteers for 2020 included:  

Grace Berardino Henley High School student
Mandi Clark Oregon Institute of Technology
Gerard Collins Klamath Falls City Schools
Heather Curtis
Washington Federal
Greg Dolezal Klamath Energy LLC
Timo Estores
 Umpqua Bank
Dale Geigle
Klamath County IT Department
Spencer Greer Klamath Energy LLC
Tara Guthrie Oregon Institute of Technology
Betsy Honzel
Doug Hudson Klamath Energy LLC
Phil Hull Kl. County Fire District One
Brienne Humprey
First Interstate Bank
Riley Knutson Henley High School student
Sigrid Krough Winema Elevators
Tracey Lehman Oregon Institute of Technology
Mark Mayers Klamath Energy, LLC
Don McDonnell Oregon Institute of Technology
Brandon McGraw ORANG, Kingsley Field
Teresa Miles Umpqua Bank
Scott Nelson  Klamath Energy, LLC
Ruth Olsen Ross Ragland Theater
Michelle Phelps Klamath Energy LLC
Jeremy Riblett ORANG, Kingsley Field
Melody Smith  Umpqua Bank
Jenine Stuedli People’s Bank of Commerce
Michelle Tyree Avista Utilities
Emily Williams Columbia Forest Products
Dennis Winn Klamath Energy, LLC
Elle Winn Triad High School student
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; Lyle Ahrens, KOTI-TV; Danielle Jester, 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).