Hands On Greater Portland is the volunteer program of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

Our Mission

Improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity by mobilizing the caring power of people across our metro area.


  • Ignite a community-wide social movement thereby mobilizing thousands to action—to give, advocate and volunteer—to improve the conditions in which they live

  • Galvanize and connect all sectors of society—individuals, businesses, nonprofits, faith communities and governments—to create long-term social change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families

  • Raise, invest and leverage millions of dollars annually to create and support innovative programs and approaches which generate sustained impact in local communities

  • Hold ourselves accountable to our steadfast commitment to equity and continually measure improvement in education, financial stability and health


  • Collective impact: We are better together; United Way inspires people to get involved and focuses our collective resources for amplified results.

  • Equity: We recognize inequities in our community and will prioritize our resources to level the playing field for those communities most impacted by these inequities.

  • Service: We believe volunteerism transforms our communities and ourselves.

  • Connection: Our portfolio of relationships—corporate, nonprofit, government, faith and philanthropic—is unique and strengthens our ability to collaborate, convene, leverage and achieve change.

  • Integrity: We act with integrity that justifies trust, and we take responsibility for our relationships and results.

  • Innovation: We support new and better ways to solve old problems.

  • Pursuit of excellence: We adapt and learn from both our successes and mistakes.

  • Passion: We are tenaciously committed to a better community and to building a modern United Way to drive positive social change.