BENEFITING: UNITED WAY OF THE MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY
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United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is working to create lasting change in the lives of people right here in our community.
Your gift helps United Way address our community’s most pressing needs and supports outstanding programs and services at our Partner Agencies, focusing on basic needs, health, community and youth programs. Our goal is to create long-lasting and measurable changes that improve the quality of life for individuals, families and children throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
Outreach shelter aids homeless
Did you know that on any given night, 18 families in Salem go without shelter? Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, and during the 2007-2008 school year 915 homeless students were enrolled in Salem-Keizer School District.
Did you know the YWCA’s Salem Outreach Shelter provides shelter and intensive case management to 60 families every year? SOS has provided resources to end the cycle of poverty since 1988. They are a transitional shelter that can house 15 families at one time. Each family has their own room. They also offer money management instruction, long-term housing and employment assistance. Families who use SOS’s services have made a commitment to change their lives. With the help of SOS, families develop intensive work plans to move them toward becoming contributing members of society and to a sustainable living situation. Parents know their family has a safe place to stay, and all school-aged children attend school during their time there. So what can volunteers do to support SOS? There are many ongoing and one-time service opportunities at SOS.
One program that brings out your inner interior decorator is the Adopt a Room Program. This is an opportunity for anyone with a flair for furniture placement and a knack for color. Represent your own style by painting, hanging pictures and picking out other room necessities to create a homey feel for SOS residents. Volunteers also are needed to adopt bath and shower rooms.