Raising awareness for United Way


Family Fun Night a big success
By Sue Cody

UWCC FUN 4United Way of Clatsop County’s Family Fun Night kickoff lived up to its name Sept. 20 at the Astoria Armory.


“It was wonderful to see people enjoying themselves and learning about the programs in our partner agencies,” says UWCC Executive Director Jennifer Holen.


Kids propelled themselves off the walls of the bounce house. Batman-, Dracula- and Superman-masked kids raced around throwing balls at targets, trying hula hoops, painting their hands for artwork. Many roller-skated and tried on costumes. Families enjoyed hot dogs, veggies and fruit provided by Food Services of America.


UWCC FUN 7 “The event had great attendance and we would like to make it an annual kickoff event,” says Mary Jackson, executive director of the Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program, one of the 13 partner agencies that receives funds from UWCC.


A video highlighting each agency was shown and is being distributed throughout the community. The video makes clear that all the money raised here remains in Clatsop County, Holen says.


Georgia Pacific Wauna Mill started the campaign off with a check for $31,500. This year’s goal is to raise $200,000.


Raising awareness was the goal of Family Fun Night, Holen says. “The event set the tone for what UWCC is visualizing and striving for: Healthy families and community involvement.”


UWCC FUN 16The Way to Wellville and its sponsor Columbia Pacific CCO encourage healthy community activities.


To get involved, see www.clatsopunitedway.org or call (503) 325-1961.