P.O. BOX 545 Halfway, Oregon 97834 [email protected] 541-742-2784

December 2017 Minutes – Approved

December Minutes 2017 – Approved Jan 9th 2018

How to run your first meeting

Kat passed on this great resource and I thought everyone could benefit.

This post covers:

What do we do at our first meeting?
What do we talk about?
How do we write an agenda?
How do we table things?
How do we stay on time?
How do we assign tasks?
Templates for minutes and agendas.
Best practices for running a great meeting.

Visit Nonprofit Ally for the details and visit the NonProfit Ally Youtube Channel to subscribe.

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UCP Website Updates 2018


As UCP webmaster I’d like to let folks know what we’ve been building out these last few years. Here are some resources which are available to everyone in the community on the UCP website. We’ve worked on the menu structure to help folks navigate the site. The first place to look around is the new menus at the top of the site.

You can always get “Home” by clicking the UCP logo.

If you have suggestions or updates on your organization or contact info please get in touch with Liz to update that information.


Agenda – Monday Jan 9th, 2018

January 2018 Agenda – PDF

Steve White will be chairing the meeting. Please contact him directly if you have questions or items to add.

Ice Rink Open – Sign Up for Notices By Email

Again this year (2017), the Halfway Lions Club and the Pine Eagle Charter School will provide ice skating on the school tennis courts. There is no cost and good skates of all sizes are available at the rink. The school has kindly let us use the school’s hot houses to put on skates. Please be respectful of property and safety.

Hours of operation are highly variable due to the availability of overseers and because weather can temporarily cause poor ice conditions. Therefore timely notification of open hours will not appear in the newspaper. Announcement of open hours will be made at the school, on the downtown bulletin board, and by calling Steve White at 541-742-2985. You can also sign up for email announcements online (below). Expect openings around the weekends, including some nights. If you have a group, you can call and we may be able to open anytime.

The first opening will December 15 and 16, 2017 (Friday and Saturday) from 10 am-12pm.

The tennis courts/ice rink are on the north side of the school grounds. It can be accessed by turning west on the roads just south or north of the Auto parts store. Do not block roadways please.

Get EMAIL Announcement about Rink Open Hours


This is an ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY LIST – If you have questions please contact Steve White at 541-742-2985.

Please note: This is not a UCP project. We are helping get the word out. You can help too by sharing this post with your friends and family!

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Our Neighbors Lost Everything in a Fire


Our friends and neighbors Phyllis and Carey Thomas lost everything in a fire in the middle of the night. As we gather household goods, food and other support – we also hope to gather 50K in funds to help them weather this storm. The family is dealing with medical issues on top of this horrible event.

If you can donate please do. Also please share this request far and wide. Donors do not have to be local. Often friends and family far away are the most able and willing to help.

GoFundMe in support of Cary and Phyllis Thomas

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Minutes – October 2017

October 2017 Minutes PDF

Public Google Drive – UCP Archive

Please contact Liz McLellan if you have any trouble accessing these documents.

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Call for Photographers and Artists

We at United Community Partners are so thrilled to have so many talented photographers, artists and craftspeople in our community. If you are a creative in the Pine-Eagle Valley area or if you grew up here we would love to feature your work on the United Community Partners website – with credit and links to your websites of course!

We are always in need of imagery. The one requirement is we need your permission to crop and edit images so that they fit within the web design.

Our Upcoming Featured Artist is Ivy Wreden.

Sign up for our newsletter for upcoming featured local artists!

If you are willing please send 5 images (jpeg format no larger than 600kb), any links to your website or other portfolio sites and a short bio (up to 1000 words) to [email protected]

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UCP Grant Application Deadline – Extended to October 23, 2017

If you have a plan or project looking for some grant money from United Community Partners we have an October surprise! Don’t worry. It is the good kind. We have extended our deadline to submit your Grant Application to October 23rd, 2017.

We’ve also added some grant writing tips, budgeting resources and other helpful links. Please visit the Grant Application Process page for more information.

Consider subscribing to our newsletter for updates.

QuickBooks For Nonprofits Online Training

Getting your accounts set up right makes the work much more hassle-free down the road. As I was sorting out the resources available for United Community Partners I thought I would share what I found with the rest of our community.

Qualified nonprofit organizations can get deep discounts on software, hardware and services via techsoup.org.

5 Seats – Quickbooks Online for Nonprofits – $50.00/year.


Free Webinars QuickBooks Made Easy – (A site offering training)
QuickBooks Online for Newer Nonprofit Users

Free Online Courses and Videos
Intuit Quickbooks Video Training by Subject
Short online videos on individual tasks in Quickbooks

DVD Course
Quickbooks Online DVD Course $109.00 per copy at techsoup.org

Nonprofit Ready at nonprofitready.org
Wide range of free online courses on all topics related to nonprofit management. Browse All Courses by Topic

You need to create your own personal learning account for your course work. It is free.

Accounting and Financials Courses

Nonprofit Finance Fundamentals 2 Hours Managing Restricted Funds 15 minutes Managing Restricted Funds – Compliance – Catch then Release 15 minutes
Drawing Up a Project Budget – Part A 12 minutes
Drawing Up a Project Budget – Part B 12 minutes 10 Steps of Budgeting 1 Hour
Balance Sheet Basics – What we have, what we owe, what we’re worth – 15 minutes

Full List of Financial Courses

Liz McLellan Strategy Youtube Channel

Huge List of Video Resources on all topics related to online tools, strategy etc.

Quickbooks Online Playlist

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