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What We Do

United Way of Cowlitz County (dba United Way of Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties) is focused on the human service needs of the community in the areas of health, education and financial stability, specifically aimed at achieving the following goals: All adults and youth in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties are healthy; All students will graduate high school prepared for diverse post-secondary opportunities and beyond and All families are financially stable. United Way creates impacts in the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum community via funding specific non-profit programs that align with United Way defined goals under health, education and income through an annual campaign, application and review process. The organization established a “Community Impact Fund” to support the top priority goal “All students will graduate high school prepared for diverse post-secondary opportunities and beyond.” The fund along with very specific strategies, initiatives and collaborations will advance progress towards the goal. Furthermore, United Way is the Community Affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to enhance early learner literacy, uplift the two-county Kindergarten assessment scores and family engagement time. United Way also provides training and technical support to the local non-profit sector; facilitates the Federal funding process for the Emergency Food & Shelter Program when Cowlitz County receives an award; and operates as a volunteer resource and project coordinator.