In 2020, United Way of Southwestern Oregon became the backbone organization for two local Every Child initiatives. Every Child is a community mobilization initiative providing love, care and support to youth in care, resource (foster) parents, families of origin, and kinship families in partnership with Oregon’s Department of Human Services.

Every Child programs and activities include assembling welcome boxes and launch boxes for foster youth entering and exiting the foster system, volunteer recruitment to support our foster care community, and hospitality services for ODHS-Child Welfare staff. In response to COVID-19, Every Child also launched My NeighbOR, a community response effort enabling families to submit needs and the community to donate toward meeting these needs in real time.

For more information about Every Child Coos, please follow their Facebook page or website, or contact Grant Crim at everychildcoos@unitedwayswo.org. Click here to donate to Every Child Coos County (or mail a check with “Every Child Coos County” in the memo field to UWSWO, Attn: Every Child Coos, PO Box 1288, Coos Bay, OR 97420). Current My NeighbOR needs for Coos County youth in care can be found here.

For more information about Every Child Curry, please follow their Facebook page or website, or contact Bonnie Ell or Mendy Hayne at everychildcurry@unitedwayswo.org. Click here to donate to Every Child Curry County (or mail a check with “Every Child Curry County” in the memo field to UWSWO, Attn: Every Child Curry, PO Box 1288, Coos Bay, OR 97420). Current My NeighbOR needs for Curry County youth in care can be found here.

United Way of Southwestern Oregon, Every Child Coos, and Every Child Curry are part of a larger partnership working collaboratively on programs and activities to support Coos and Curry County youth in care, resource families, families of origin, and ODHS staff. For more information about this partnership – the Foster Coalition of Coos & Curry (“FC3”), which also includes CASA of Coos and Curry, the Coos County Foster Parent Association, and ODHS-Child Welfare – for more information, please Contact Us or ask to join the FC3 Facebook group.


the Every Child Curry team


ODHS-Child Welfare holiday hospitality


Foster Parent “Night In” gift and activity bags for Coos County resource families