About United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. In 1959 the first United Way fundraising campaign took place in Longview as the Cowlitz County United Fund. The goal of that campaign was $100,000 to be allocated to 12 charitable organizations. That first effort raised $107,069, surpassing its goal by 7%. In ten year’s time, the Cowlitz County United Fund grew by 100%. The United Way is considered a “full-service” United Way – it is a community problem-solving institution and manages resources to increase the capacity of people to care for one another. United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties impacts our communities by raising and distributing money to local organizations. It also operates, supports or oversees direct services that include the Day of Caring, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, The Sand Blaster 5k Challenge, and in-kind donations of services and materials.