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

Introducing the 2014 Campaign Cabinet and Campaign Chair!

We Are Honored to Announce the 2014 Fall Campaign  Chair and Cabinet:
The Campaign Cabinet is a group of prominent community members who represent the business and professional community, nonprofit organizations, faith based groups and other community groups in Jefferson County.  Members are chosen for their influence, expertise and involvement in the community.  The overall objective of the cabinet is to support United Good Neighbors goal to expand the UGN Annual Campaign, increase awareness of UGN’s impact and benefit to the community and support UGN’s mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in Jefferson County.

Steve Rafoth, 2014 Campaign Chaiir

Campaign Chair:

Steve Rafoth, Owner, Enclume

Cabinet Members:
Amy Smith, The Boiler Room
Claudia Edmondson, Camp Beausite
Joyce Cardinal, Jefferson Health Kris Becker, Jumping Mouse
Kim Hammers, UGN Board Penny Westerfield, Jefferson Health
Michael Sheehan, Wells Fargo Rita Hubbard, Port Townsend Paper


Thank You!

The UGN Fall Campaign is Underway!

We are excited to reconnect with our supporters this fall and share the good news about our work in the community.  Here are just a few things you can expect from United Good Neighbors over the next couple of months:
  • Your Donation Dollar Counts! We have an ambitious goal to raise $400,000 for this year’s campaign…and we are well on our way to reaching that goal!
    • Watch for the campaign brochure!  It should arrive in your mailbox this week.
    • Your Sneak Preview:  You can watch the 2014 Campaign Video. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below.
    • The UGN Campaign presentations are underway.  Would you like to have UGN present to your business or community group? Contact Debbie at 360-385-3797
  • Keeping you up-to-date: we’ll have regular stories and updates in the Leader and the PDN.  And we’ll keep you up-to-date on our campaign results with our UGN Newsletter.  Stay tuned.
  • Be a voice for UGN in your community. You can be a UGN Ambassador! 

Every Donation Dollar Counts!

You can be a part of achieving our $400,000 campaign goal! Every donation dollar does count…your dollar makes a difference!

Here’s the good news: as a collective, we have already raised $225,000 this year! We are well on our way to achieving our campaign goal.  Our focus this fall is to raise the remaining $175,000.  And we are confident that we can do it!  We are, after all, one of the most engaged and caring communities ever!
As a supporter, what can you do to help UGN achieve our Goal?
  • Watch for you campaign brochure to arrive in the mail
  • Watch UGNs Campaign video and share the link with friends.
  • Consider increasing your donation this Fall.
  • Encourage (maybe even challenge) your friends, colleagues and community members support UGN
  • Invite a UGN representative to come and speak to your community or business group.
  • Ask your neighbor if they’ve seen the United Good Neighbors Brochure and tell them how your investment dollars support friends and neighbors!
  • Engage with us on Facebook and share campaign news through you networks
  • Where your UGN t-shirt (contact UGN for a free t-shirt, if you don’t have one already)
  • Watch the thermometers around town inch towards our goal and smile, knowing that donation dollars improve lives in Jefferson County!


2014 UGN Campaign Brochure – Watch for it in the mail!