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Our Work

Advancing the common good is about helping one person at a time, and about creating community level change that benefits every member of the community. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

A quality education is essential to obtaining and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. An income adequate to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future helps families become financially stable. Leading a healthy lifestyle keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work.

Your support of United Way of Greater Portland is the most powerful investment you can make in our community. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations, and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of improving people’s lives in Greater Portland.

“A new kind of community collaborative—an approach that aspires to significant, community-wide progress by enlisting all sectors to work together toward a common goal—offers enormous promise to bring about broader, more lasting change across the nation.” “Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America’s Biggest Challenges” (The Bridgespan Group, 2012)