Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer!

Nominations Are Open for the

2015 United Good Neighbor Award!

At UGN we know that volunteers are essential to the successful delivery of services that help to improve lies and build a stronger community!   To honor the essential role that volunteers play for our nonprofits, UGN will present its 2015 Good Neighbor Award to an individual or group of volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to Jefferson County during the past year. The presentation of the award will be made during the Annual Day of Caring kick-off event at Mountain View Commons on the morning of September 18.

From Left to Right: Marla Overman, Cindy Lesh and Don Lee (accepting the Good Neighbor Award on behalf of the ECHHO Volunteer Corps)

From Left to Right: Marla Overman, Cindy Lesh and Don Lee (accepting the Good Neighbor Award on behalf of the ECHHO Volunteer Corps)

The 2014 awardees were key volunteers for ECHHO, an organization that provides transportation, chore service, medical equipment, and medical equipment to persons who are elderly, disabled or of limited means so that they may continue to live independently. Marla Overman and Cindy Lesh also were recognized for their contributions to the Boiler Room and the Literacy Council, respectively.

Rich and Karen Ciccarone received the 2013 award for their volunteer work with OlyCAP and the Teen Mental Health Clinic; John Cantlon was the 2012 recipient for his work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and in 2011 the first ever recipient of the award was Linda Cooley, an ECHHO volunteer.

To Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer:

Nomination forms for the 2015 Good Neighbor Award are due August 31:

Nomination Form (Word)

Nomination Form PDF

Email form to or mail to:

United Good Neighbors,

Attn: Nikki Russell

201 W Patison

Suite B, Port Hadlock, WA 98339

UGN Supporters Give a Boost to the 2015 Campaign!

UGN Supporters Give a Boost to the 2015 Campaign!

In late June we sent out a Spring Appeal letter to our past and donors, inviting them to give a boost to the 2015 Annual Campaign by contributing an additional gift in 2015 this summer!  To date, our supporters have given the 2015 campaign a $8,000 boost.   These gifts will help us increase our grant support enabling our nonprofit partners to increase the impact they have here in Jefferson County.

Thanks to our generous donors, United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County has been able to increase the amount we grant to our nonprofit partners!  This year we granted a total of $247,000 to address critical needs in our communities:

  • $200,000 granted 21 nonprofits serving Jefferson County
  • $47,000 in donor designated funds

An additional $20,000 set aside for emergency funding to support our nonprofit partners

Click here for a listing of 2015 partner organizations

Here’s how the continued support of our donors has benefits our community:

  • Increased support for children, youth and families
  • Meeting basic needs for struggling families and individuals
  • Strengthening our community’s health and wellbeing

You can give a boost to the 2015 Campaign!  Click here to donate today.

Introducing Get Connected Jefferson!

Get Connected imageUnited Good Neighbors is pleased to introduce Get Connected Jefferson, a free, online volunteer center for nonprofit organizations and public agencies seeking to connect community members, groups, businesses and youth with volunteer opportunities in Jefferson County

Get Connected Jefferson provides an online searchable listing of local nonprofits and public agencies, volunteer opportunities and community events.  Check it out at

For Community Members:

Community members can search Get Connected Jefferson’s online database by interest, availability and by location.   Community Members can also create volunteer accounts to receive notifications when opportunities are available as well as track their volunteer activities and time.

For Nonprofits and Public Agencies:

With Get Connected, your organization can:

  • Create an organizational profile
  • post needs, volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities, and events
  • share photos and videos
  • track and report volunteer hours.

We are excited to bring this resource to Jefferson County!  Register today for an organizational account!

Is your organization or group Eligible?  Get Connected Jefferson is open to any nonprofit, community group or public agency in Jefferson County.

Are you ready for a new way to connect with the community?   Join us today at Get Connected Jefferson!

Get Connected

Celebrating a Giving Community!

United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County invites you to help celebrate the spirit of giving in Jefferson County by joining us for a celebration event at the Port Townsend Yacht Club on Thursday, February 12th at 5:00pm.  Join us for food, conversation and congratulations!  Please RSVP to .

What is there to celebrate?  As a community, we are moving closer to the 2014 campaign goal.  Though not quite to our ambitious $400,000 mark, we are edging closer and closer!  With 5 weeks to go in our campaign, and results from the Mill and Jefferson Healthcare yet to come, we are confident the community can help us get there, and that is cause for celebration.

As overall donations from our community grows each year, we are able to allocate more funds to nonprofits programs that address basic needs, support youth and seniors and strengthen the safety net for individuals and families in Jefferson County.

90-percentGood News! United Good Neighbors is well-positioned to increase funds allocated to local nonprofits  by 25%.  UGN’s annual allocations have been trending upwards over the past 5 years, thanks to the generous support of local businesses, workplaces and individual contributors.

UGN also saw an increase in funds earmarked for specific programs by donors.  These designated funds are in addition to the grant allocations.  In 2014, donors designated $47,236 to programs of their choice. Recipients of these earmarked donations receive 100% of the funds designated.

There is still time to be a part of the UGN Campaign I look forward to celebrating a successful campaign with the Community on February 12,  Steve Rafoth, 2014 UGN Campaign Coordinator.

You can help United Good neighbors achieve our campaign goal by sending contributions to United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County, 201 Patison, Suite B, Port Hadlock, WA 98368 or call 360-385-3797.  To donate online, click here!

Applications for UGN Funding in 2015 Available Online

The United Good Neighbors grant applications for 2015 funding are now available online.  UGN has a two phase process for agencies applying for funding.  The first phase is Certification and the second is Allocation. Certification allows an organization to qualify as an applicant for funding by ensuring that it meets a genuine health or human service need in Jefferson County, serves Jefferson County residents, and has sound financial practices.

Nonprofits applying for UGN funding for the first time in 2015, and those who have not applied for funding in the past three years must complete the Agency Certification Application 2015  and return it with all required attachments to UGN by January 15, 2015. New applicants are also required to have an on-site visitation from an Allocation Committee member.

Once your organization is certified, you may complete the 2015 Agency Application form which is due to UGN on or before February 17, 2015.

December 5, 2014 Certification materials and application materials available on UGN website.
January 15, 2015 Certification forms due in UGN office by 5 pm electronically, or in person.
February 17, 2015 Applications for funding are due in UGN office by 5pm electronically, or in person.
February 27, 2015 Allocations committee convenes to receive copies of applications & assignments.
March 2015 Applicants receive on-site visits.
April 2015 Allocations committee makes funding recommendations to UGN Board of Directors.
May 2015 First half of allocations funds are distributed to funded programs