Board of Directors
New board recruitment is held annually. Please contact us for more information about becoming an engaged member of our volunteer team.
United Way of Eastern Oregon Board of Directors
Bill Gamble, US Forest Service, President
Patrick Flynn, Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation, Vice President
Thanh Nguyen, US Bank, Treasurer
Molly Burke, Eastern Oregon University, Secretary
Scott Carpenter, La Grande School District
Debbie Cornford, Tap That! Growlers
Lowell Knopp, Daniels-Knopp Funeral Home
Steve Lyon, Grande Ronde Hospital
Boyd Rasmussen, Union County Sheriff
Alex McHaddad, Executive Director
We would be delighted to talk with you about giving opportunities and answer any questions you may have about the organization.
Office: 1104 K Avenue Floor 3, La Grande, OR 97850
Mailing: PO Box 862, La Grande OR 97850
What We Do
United Way of Eastern Oregon is a nonprofit organization that campaigns each year to then directly give to local human service and education programs in Union and Baker counties. We provide volunteer facilitation for our selected agencies, advocacy for local human service initiatives, and are actively engaged community partners in local human service activities.
Who we Support
All the funds that we generate go directly into our local programs that need them most. The more effective United Way can be in raising funds, the more our agencies can focus on their work instead of resource-consuming fundraising. See a list of our currently supported agencies. Each year our volunteer board of directors goes through a selection process of all applicants to determine which human service programs have the potential to serve our population and really need our help. We set a goal depending on their needs, and get to work.
Q. Boy Scouts is a funded agency?
A. We currently DO support the Boy Scouts, although some United Way chapters have chosen not to. Boy Scouts are an active organization in our rural community where there are very few options for children’s programs.
Q. United Way is a huge organization. How do I know that my donations are used wisely?
A. Our local chapter of United Way is completely autonomous of the larger organization. We pay a nominal amount in order to benefit from the brand affiliation and resources they provide, providing credibility and support. Our only administrative expense is our one part-time staff person who manages the organization’s operations and volunteers. All donations are allocated directly toward the agencies that we support.
Q. Where does my money go?
A. All donations made in Union and Baker Counties stay in each County. Donated funds go directly to the programs they are designated for, or into our local general fund which is then distributed to each of the programs. Funds are NOT administered through the larger United Way Worldwide organization. Expenses such as membership in United Way Worldwide and United Ways of the Pacific Northwest are paid for by fundraising events. For more information, please view our 2018 990 form submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.