Meet Our New Leaders!

Meet Our New Leaders!

The United Way of Clatsop County welcomes a new Executive Director, Stacey Brown and a newly elected board president, Charlene Larsen!

…And Saying “So Long”

After many years of devoted service to our organization, our Executive Director, Darlene Felkins has retired. Executive Assistant, Deanna Heacock has also left us. We thank both of them for their tireless work for our community over the years, and wish them the best in the next chapters of their lives.

We held a retirement get-together for Darlene on May 28, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria. This was a also a great opportunity to say “farewell” to our outgoing President, Dick Easton.

2013-2014 Fundraising Campaign

2013-14 Fundraising Campaign

The United Way of Clatsop County is nearing the end of its annual campaign to raise raise money for the dozen essential community organizations it serves. And US Bank’s generous annual contribution has pushed us to over 76% of our $275,000.00 goal.

In an effort to encourage the rest of the community who have not yet given, US Bank and other major donors braved the pouring rain and high winds to gather at our “Giving Thermometer” next to Dugger’s Restaurant in Warrenton.

Here are the major donors and the amounts they’ve contributed to the 2013-2014 Campaign:

US Bank with check for $10,800.00 contribution, Tongue Point Job Corps $11,501.00 contribution, Columbia Memorial Hospital’s contribution of $9,207.00, NW Natural $1,528, GP Wauna Mill (Company & Foundation, Employees, WSU Local 1097) $64764.00, Pacific Power $1,521.00, Events Iron Chef & Lite Bite Chaired: Jennifer Holen of Baked Alaska  $45,246.00, Advanced Giving Division  Chaired:Anne Barbey & Edith Hennigsgaard Miller $29,964

The United Way of Clatsop County annual campaign ends January 31, and will be taking donations for the 2013-2014 campaign for the rest of this month.

2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal

For Immediate Release:

October 2013

Contact: Scott Docherty or Darlene Felkins
(503) 325-1961

One of the most anticipated culinary events of the year is coming up on November 5. Iron Chef Goes Coastal will be held again this year at the Seaside Convention Center. More chefs, more restaurants and more great cuisine!

Four local chefs will form two teams and compete to win the 2013 Iron Chef goes Coastal Title. Chefs prepare a three-course dinner for the judges. One of those judges could be you! We hold a live auction before the competition, and the winning bidder gets to participate as a guest judge!

There will be a silent auction, where you can bid on food, beverages, and services from your local businesses. And, their will be a live auction where you can even bid on becoming an Iron Chef Goes Coastal judge!

Along with the Iron Chef main event competition, you will have the opportunity to taste and judge appetizers provided by the people’s choice participants. The top two from this category will secure their spot in the 2014 Iron Chef competition.  Attendees will also vote on their favorite dessert and the top restaurant will win the honor of “Best Dessert of Clatsop County”

Here are the 2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal participating restaurants:

People’s Choice:

1. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria
2. Astoria Coffee House, Astoria
3. Clemente’s, Astoria
4. Aloha Charlie’s Fish Co., Long Beach
5. Wet Dog Café, Astoria
6. Twisted Fish, Seaside
7. Maggie’s On the Prom, Seaside
8. Shilo Boardwalk Café (Chef Vincent LeFenet), Seaside
9. Shelburn Restaurant and Pub (Chef Robert Ericson), Long Beach
10. Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center CCA, (Chef Ira Krizo), Cannon Beach


1. 3 Cups Coffee House Columbia River Coffee Roasters, Astoria
2. Baked Alaska, Astoria
3. Stephanie Inn, Seaside
4. Astoria Golf and Country Club, Astoria
5. Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center Bakery, Cannon Beach
6. Picnic Basket, Cannon Beach

The four competing restaurants/chefs for the 2013 main event are: Chef Josh Archibald – Wayfarer, Aaron Bedard – Stephanie’s Inn, Charlie Zorich – Pickled Fish, abd Christpher Holen – Baked Alaska.

Since the start of this wonderful event, all proceeds have gone directly to The United Way of Clatsop County to benefit vital non-profit organizations that serve the many needs of our neighbors. It has become a major source of funding for the United Way, in addition to being a great way to find out about the world-class culinary artists in our area.

Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets at You can get your tickets in person at US Bank locations in Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach, The Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria, Mise En Place Kitchenware, as well as at the United Way office in Astoria – (503) 325-1961.

The 2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal is sponsored by US Bank, Food Services of America, Dining Out in the Northwest, Columbia Bank, Northwest Natural, Lektro, Polk Riley Printing & Design, Coast Community Radio, 94.9 FM, Hits 94.3 FM, KSWB Gold 840 AM, and Ohana Media Group

2013 Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off

For Immediate Release:

September 2013

Contact: Darlene Felkins or Scott Docherty
(503) 325-1961

This month, the United Way of Clatsop County launched its 2013 Fundraising Campaign with very successful kick-off.  The event was held at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton, and was an opportunity for Campaigners and supporters to become acquainted with the twelve service organizations, currently receiving funding from United Way. Presentations were made, and the community was given a snapshot view into these very important groups who serve our neighbors who have the biggest need. Please see our website for more details –

One of the biggest supporters of the United Way of Clatsop County for years has been Georgia Pacific’s Wauna Mill. Representing this generous company, Kristi Ward presented UWCC’s president, Dick Easton, with a check for $31,500.  In addition, employees will have to opportunity to give through payroll deductions.

This year’s fundraising goal is $275,000, which has already reached 30%. (This number changes daily.) Through the ongoing generosity of our community, and upcoming popular events, like Iron Chef Goes Coastal and Lite Bite, we hope to reach our campaign goal and continue to provide much-needed support to the organizations that help our community. To lend your support, please contact the United Way of Clatsop County at (503) 325-1961. And be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for up-to-date information about upcoming events.

United Way Day of Caring Project 2012

Day of Caring 2012 will be held on September 21st at 8am. Pat Burness of the Women’s Resource Center is coordinating the event. Command Master Chief, Jeffrey S. Hayes, CAPT Len R. Tumbarello & AETCS Joseph w. (Bill) Adams are coordinating with the Chiefs of each department to get volunteers.  In the past the Coast Guard has helped the Women’s Resource Center with painting the shelters, putting in a garden, and moving 250 cases of toilet paper into storage to name a few.

There will be three key projects: Painting and yard work at the shelter & boarding house, clean and stretch carpet. Also, remove chain link fence between properties and possibly rebuild a fence on the frontage road on bond street. (Depends on amount of volunteers who come and cost)

“In the past the Coast Guard has helped with big projects and needless to say  we would not have had the volunteer labor to maintain our homes without the help of the Coast Guard.” said Pat Burness.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Pat at 503-325-4962.

It’s not too late to make a year-end contribution!

For taxpayers who itemize deductions, it is not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to the United Way Campaign. Donors can mail contributions before the end of the year to: PO. Box 775, Astoria, OR 97103.

Visit for more information on how to donate:

Thank you for your support and Happy New Year!
Darlene Felkins, Executive Director

UWCC Agencies who receive funding:
American Red Cross, Clatsop Service Center, Oregon Trail Chapter:
Boy Scouts of America, Fort Clatsop District:
Camp Kiwanilong:
Clatsop CASA Program:
Clatsop Community Action:
Hope House,
Lives in Transition:
Restoration House:
The Healing Circle (VOCA)
The Lighthouse for Kids:
The Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program:
Women’s Resource Center/Hutchens House:

Agencies Descriptions:
American Red Cross, Clatsop Service Center, Oregon Trail Chapter: A humanitarian organization led by volunteers that will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Boy Scouts of America, Fort Clatsop District: The Boy Scouts of America is a family based organization that helps develop citizenship, character and physical fitness in the youth of Clatsop County. Serves boys ages 6-20 and girls 14-20 through adult mentoring programs.
Camp Kiwanilong: Camp Kiwanilong is an environmentally unique, rustic camp that specializes in serving area youth with a six-week summer program. Other groups utilizing the facilities include school groups, youth and community organizations and families.
Clatsop CASA Program: Court Appointed Special Advocate Program provides advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile court and child welfare system. Our goal is to achieve a safe permanent home for each child we serve.
Clatsop Community Action: We are a non-profit agency, which helps mobilize resources to end poverty. Our mission is to help people meet housing, food, and other basic living needs. We operate the CCA Regional Food Bank and Hilltop low income Apartments.
Hope House, A division of Lutheran Community Services NW. Hope House serves children and adults who are struggling with life’s challenges, focusing on recovery from grief and trauma through groups, and individual and family counseling.
Lives in Transition: A Clatsop Community College program designed to assist displaced homemakers, single parents and dislocated workers achieve economic self-sufficiency. The information provided empowers individuals to set and maintain goals for success.
Restoration House: We provide housing, meals and supportive services to homeless men. We focus on assisting our clients in addressing the problems and issues in their lives that led to their situation.
The Healing Circle (VOCA) Victory over child abuse. Our purpose is to create safe specialized, annual camp programs for child survivors of sexual abuse. Adult volunteers provide children healing time during camp, and monthly children’s programs
The Lighthouse for Kids: We are a medically based, organization that provides skilled and comprehensive medical assessments for children involved in allegations of child abuse or neglect while trying to reduce the trauma to the child.
The Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program: Spearheads the lunch buddy mentoring program and the backpack program; providing mentoring to students 1st through 8th grade and new backpacks with school supplies to children in Kindergarten through third grade.
Women’s Resource Center/Hutchens House: serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Key-programs include 1) Victim Advocacy: 24-hour hotline 503-325-5735, 24 hour crisis response with law enforcement and to hospitals, assistance with filing temporary restraining orders and court advocacy, support groups, and information & referral; 2) Hutchens House a safe house shelter for victims and their children and 3) Déjà Vu Thrift Shop and employment training site where tax deductible donations are recycled, refurbished, and sold helping to support the organization’s many programs.

Iron Chef Goes Coastal 2012 Winners!

The winners of the fifth annual Iron Chef Goes Coastal were Cannon Beach competitors Will Leroux of the Wayfarer Restaurant and Aaron Bedard of Stephanie Inn.

The annual event is a fundraiser for United Way of Clatsop County. Each year, the previous year’s Iron Chef winners, chosen by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice winners draw knives to form two competing teams.

Leroux passed the torch to fellow Wayfarer chef Josh Archibald.

Bedard and Archibald will draw knives with this year’s People’s Choice winners—Chris Holen of Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria and Sebastian Carosi of Pickled Fish in Longbeach, Wash.—to form new teams.

All food is donated by Food Services of America and the participating restaurants and chefs donate their time to the event, so 100 percent of the money raised benefits United Way of Clatsop County and its 12 partner agencies.

More than 500 people attended the event. Organizers said it was very successful and raised $35,000 for United Way of Clatsop County plus an additional $10,000 matching grant from US Bank.

The event also received a $10,000 matching grant from US Bank.

Iron Chef Goes Coastal 2012

Iron Chef Goes Coastal 2012
The 5th Annual Iron Chef Goes Coastal—sponsored by US Bank—will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Seaside
Convention Center. 2011 Iron Chef winners, William Leroux of the Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge and John
Newman of Newmans at 988, will draw knives with the 2011 People‘s Choice Award Winners, Astoria Coffeehouse
& Bistro and Stephanie Inn, forming two new teams to compete in a timed duel for the coveted 2012 Iron Chef
Title. Come be part of this exciting competition while sampling delectable bites and casting your votes for the 2012
“People’s Choice” tasting and “People’s Dessert of Clatsop County”. Due to the generous amount of time and food
donated by FSA and the participating restaurants 100% of all proceeds benefit United Way of Clatsop County and
it’s agencies.
Again this year a judge position will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. For the “People’s Choice” award you get to be the judge, by visiting each restaurant and casting your vote. After the votes are tallied, the top two restaurants will be announced and qualify as competitors in the 2013 Iron Chef Competition. Don’t forget dessert…again you get to be the judge for the “People’s Dessert Choice” where local pastry chefs compete for “Best Dessert of Clatsop County.” Door opens @5pm for silent auction and reserved seating. General admission door opens @6pm. Competition GONG sounds at 7pm.
The first Iron Chef Goes Coastal event was held in 2008. It has grown each year to attract more guests and raise more money for local United Way agencies. Chloe Houser of FOX12 Oregon of PDX TV and local Chef Geoff Gunn will EMCEE the event.
General admission tickets and reserved seating tickets can be purchased NOW
General Admission tickets $30. Each, $35 at the door
Reserved Seating $60. each
To purchase Reserved Tables for (10) & Balcony party rooms (seats 16) please contact the United Way office: Email: or find us on face book (United Way of Clatsop County) or, Events.
Tickets also available at: US Banks in Astoria, Seaside, & Cannon Beach, Baked Alaska Restaurant, (UWCC Office;closed on Monday and Fridays,)
1004 Marine Drive (cellar level office/neighbors of Cellar on 10th) 503-325-1961 .
The Mission of United Way of Clatsop County is; “To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Clatsop County Communities. Contributions are used to aid local needs.”

United Way Sponsors of Iron Chef Goes Coastal:
Presenting Sponsor: US BANK
Food Service of America
Dining Out Northwest
Lum’s Auto Center
Polk Riley Printing
Northwest Natural
Bank of Astoria
Teevin Bros. Land & Timber

Iron Chef Goes Coastal, Seaside Hotels

Attending our fundraising event in Seaside November 13th?  There are many wonderful hotels in Seaside and surrounding cities.  Check our local chamber websites for full details.  Seaside Shilo has offered to have a block of rooms saved for you…We also want to take this opportunity to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Shilo for supplying our VIP’s with a suite the night of the event.

United Way of Clatsop County Kicks Off 2012 “Our” Community Campaign!

For Immediate Release: Contact: Darlene Felkins

UW Office: 503-325-1961

Home Office: 503-861-1246

United Way of Clatsop County Kicks Off 2012 “Our” Community Campaign!

 On Sept 20th, the United Way of Clatsop County (UWCC) launched their 2012 fundraising efforts with a kick-off celebration at the CCA Regional Food Bank which operates as an Oregon Food Bank distribution center located at 2010 SE Chokeberry Avenue in Warrenton, OR. In the CCA Regional Food Bank network there are 9 pantries, 3 shelters, 9 hot meal sites, and several other sites and affiliated agencies. In attendance were representatives of the 12 agencies who receive funds from UWCC, showcasing their services to the campaigner’s. Campaigners are from local companies committed to running an In-House fundraising effort which goes towards UWCC’s annual goal. Jim Zile, Treasurer for United Way reported so far the campaign is at 20% of the $300,000 goal!

 The very food savvy staff of CCA Regional Food Bank arranged a beautiful fall harvest feast with recipes for the guests to take home with them. Guests were entertained by several agency staff members performing a Scandinavian favorite; Ole & Lena type skit which was adjusted to include Ole and Lena locating and using services from each agency. It was a moving evening with success stories shared bringing tears to eyes as we heard happy endings to individual’s struggles after using UW agencies services. Unlike National campaigns United Way’s fundraising efforts are all used locally.

 UWCC is run by an active volunteer board and the Cornerstone Program (corporate sponsors) donations are solely used to pay administrative and Campaign overhead expenses.  This ensures the maximum amount of all other contributions benefit the *12 local agencies directly.  United Way has scheduled a variety of fundraising events, including the annual “Iron Chef Goes Coastal” competition Nov. 13th at the Seaside Convention Center, and the spring “Lite Bite” in Astoria, date to be announced at a later date.  

Would you like to support one or all of our *12 agencies?  Buy a ticket to one of our events, (watch for Iron Chef Tickets sales) provide in-kind services or sponsor a United Way of Clatsop County event. Individuals can sign up for payroll deduction through their employers, submit a Visa or MasterCard donation via the website at, through PayPal, or send a check to P.O. Box 775, Astoria OR 97103. All donations to the United Way are tax deductible. *American Red Cross, Camp Kiwanilong, Boy Scouts of America, Fort Clatsop District, Clatsop CASA Program, Clatsop Community Action, Hope House, Livers in Transition, Restoration House, The Healing Circle VOCA, The Lighthouse for Kids, The Lunch Buddy Mentoring, Women’s Resource Center & Hutchins House.