The Way to Wellville Promotes and 

Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles in 

Clatsop County

Introducing The Way to Wellville

Our goal is to build networks through community organizing to increase access to and use of beneficial services, activities and resources to improve the health of Clatsop County residents. The following four focus areas were determined to have the greatest community benefit. Explore each category by moving your cursor over the interactive icons to learn more about the programs.

Community Wellness
Economic Opportunity
Emotional Health
Health Care Access

Featured Story

  • Nonprofits gather for Gifts That Make a Difference

    Jan 02, 2018

    By Sue Cody

    As the year rolls to a close, people look for local nonprofits they might like to support. With so many giving opportunities, it can be hard to find the best fit. That’s why Gifts That Make a Difference was created.

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    In one place, people can select from among wishing tree programs, libraries, wildlife, food pantries, scholarship programs, parks and much more. The concept of Gifts That Make a Difference is to offer opportunities for people to share their time, talent and treasures, says Jennifer Holen, executive director of United Way of Clatsop County. 

    “Nonprofits drive our community,” Holen says. “This event fits our model of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of Clatsop County and the overall mission of United Way, which is to give, advocate and volunteer.”

    Many people found their ideal ways to participate when 30 nonprofit organizations gathered at the MacTavish Room at the Liberty Theatre on Dec. 9. The nonprofits discuss their missions with potential donors and volunteers and share some holiday cheer Teenage volunteers welcomed guests, live music performed by Luke Ydstie, Kati Claborn and Larkin Stentz, filled the air.

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     “It’s an efficient and easy way to donate,” Holen says. This year, Astoria Women Executives formed a Thrivent Action Team to partner with United Way of Clatsop County (UWCC) to host the event. Thrivent supplied seed money to buy ingredients for cookies and advertising. Volunteers worked in the kitchen, providing soup for the presenters.

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    “This event is a conduit to those family-friendly volunteer opportunities,” Holen says. Here, we bring them all together to provide positive meaningful connections to help improve lives.” 

    The U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officers Association had a booth at Gifts That Make a Difference. It raises funds to help foster kids and supports youth sports. The Astoria Parks and Recreation offers scholarships from its Run on the River. Clatsop County Cultural Coalition encouraged people to give to one of the 1,400 supported nonprofits and an equal amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust, to receive an Oregon Tax Credit. 

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    “It’s a great partnership,” says Holen of working with Thrivent and the nonprofits. “Many hands make light work. We’re all in this together.”

What's New 


Put a spark back in your life:
Get out and exercise!

The Way to Wellville is working with small businesses to create Work Place Wellness Programs. One of these programs is our Way to Wellville Activity Card. If your small business is interested in starting a Work Place Wellness Program please contact us at

The Activity card is a way to help employees find what kind of exercise might work for them. We have partnered with local businesses, agencies and parks to get you started for FREE. Below are examples of what activities you can try for free here in Clatsop County. 

Front Copy of FInal Card
Final Picture of Card Back

Who We Are

  • Our Strategic Council

    Way to Wellville is supported in Clatsop County by our Strategic Council. The Strategic Council is responsible for identifying potential health promotion projects, providing oversight for Way to Wellville developed initiatives, leadership in the community promoting Way to Wellville and partner organization, and effectively represent a wide variety of community viewpoints.
  • Community Partners

    Community Partners throughout Clatsop County are coming together to help Way to Wellville succeed in our mission. Learn more about our current partners and how your organization can get involved.
  • Our Staff

    Clatsop County's Way to Wellville program is organized by a small team of dedicated individuals alongside our partners throughout the community. Learn more about who we are, what we do and how to contact us if you would like to get involved.

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