News + Updates


Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:03

2017 OU Autographed Football Helmet Raffle

United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma Raffle

A donation for $5 per ticket will receive a chance to win an OU football helmet autographed by Coach Lincoln Riley. The drawing is at CNB Center Plaza (301 S. Independence) on Friday, October 27th during the Chili Cookoff. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma Partner Agencies. OU helmet and case courtesy of OG&E Enid.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:53

30th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

The 30th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Central National Bank Event Center on Friday, October 27th , 11am -1pm, with a theme of a “Classic Chili Bash.”

The Chili Cook-Off Committee, chaired by Cindy Bailey, is accepting applications from individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations and the committee is excited to get started.

“The Event Center is an excellent location. It allows for ample parking, adequate space for all our vendors, and plenty of seating for our United Way friends,“ said Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. “As always, we will have live entertainment, a wide array of door prizes, an autographed OU football helmet raffle, and tasty chili from a variety of exceptional cooks,” added Schiedel.

Tickets to attend the event are $5, which includes a drink, chili, and dessert, and may be purchased in advance from the United Way office or at the door. The Chili Cook-Off committee anticipates at least forty chili entries to compete in four categories: Judge's Chili Choice, Best Booth, Top Dollar Chili and People's Chili Choice! Tasting begins at 11am. 

Entry fee for the Cook-Off is $50. Business or individuals wanting to enter the Chili Cook-Off may do so by filling out our entry form and sending it Carolina Seymour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The theme, “Classic Chili Bash” is a new creation by the committee, Schiedel said. The committee is expecting to see contestants decked out in 30’s classic attire or 1987 themed attire and booths decorated for whichever theme competitors choose. “Our vendors are extremely imaginative and I’m sure will amaze us with their creativity—which lends for a fun filled event,” Schiedel said. All funds raised benefit the fifteen partner agencies of United Way, along with discretionary giving designations.

Schiedel stated, “The United Way Board of Directors, along with the Campaign Team-- led by Mike and Sara Stuber—is also excited about the 2017-2018 campaign. The Chili Cook-Off is a major fundraiser for our agencies and the campaign. Last year’s event raised more than $20,000. We anticipate this year will be another great success.”

The fifteen United Way partner agencies are:

  • Booker T. Washington Center
  • Cimarron Council Boy Scouts
  • American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma
  • Community Development Support Association
  • Catholic Charities
  • Consumer Credit Counseling
  • Denny Price Family YMCA
  • Garfield County Child Advocacy Council
  • Hedges Speech and Hearing
  • Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid
  • Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
  • RSVP
  • The Salvation Army
  • YWCA of Enid
  • Youth and Family Services

As of August 25th, members of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma’s Pillar’s Club have raised $108,918 for the 2017-2018 Campaign.

The Pillar’s Club is comprised of donors who contribute $500 or more during the campaign year. With 100 Pillars in attendance, they were honored during the annual Pillar’s Club dinner Tuesday night at Groendyke Lodge.

Dan Schiedel, United Way CEO, commended the Pillar’s Club committee for their exceptional work in coordinating the event. The committee is comprised of Cathy Stocker, Martie Oyler, Mary Stallings, Sandra Robinett with special assistance by Vicki Brown.

Co-Chair Sara Stuber recognized and thanked John and Virginia Groendyke and Greg and Shawn Hodgen for their generosity in hosting the event, along with other sponsors:

  • Champlin Exploration
  • Enid Pet Hospital
  • Field, Trojan, & Harvey, PLLC
  • Liberty Federal Savings Bank
  • Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC
  • NBC Oklahoma
  • OG&E
  • Pioneer Cellular
  • Security National Bank
  • Traynor, Long, and Wynne

This year’s campaign theme is: “Live United.” During the 2017-18 Campaign Kick-Off, which will be held on September 8th at Garfield County Court House north lawn and Gazebo from 6pm-10pm, attendees will be greeted by the United Way‘s 15 partner agencies, food trucks, family games, raffles for an autographed OSU and OU football helmets, face painting and more. The event is free to the public.

United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma provides funding to 15 member agencies:

  • Booker T. Washington Community Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cimarron Council Boy Scouts
  • American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma
  • Community Development Support Association
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma
  • Denny Price Family YMCA
  • Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid
  • Garfield County Child Advocacy
  • Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Inc.
  • Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Enid
  • Salvation Army
  • YWCA of Enid
  • Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma

For more information on becoming a Pillar or the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, contact Dan Schiedel at (580)237-0821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Download the press release here.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:09

Battle of the Eras

United Way is kicking off the 2017 Campaign by providing a family fun event called the "Battle of the Eras"! You won't want to miss this event, with a live performance by SquadLive. Hear music from 70's, 80's, 90's and today. 

We will have games, glow sticks, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, food trucks and lots of other fun things! See the full flyer at the bottom of this page.

Free Admission - Donations Accepted at the Event


WHO? United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma and our 15 partner agencies

WHEN? Friday, September 8, 2017 (Main Street 1st Friday)

WHERE? Garfield County Courthouse North Lawn & Gazebo

WHY? United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma public kickoff & to raise $15,000 - $25,000

TIME? Set up between 4-5pm, begin at 5:30 and wrap up around 10-10:30pm


Thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible!

Bank of Kremlin Logo Electronic ctb sports enid buzz enid news eagle harris foundation integris oge KNID oxbow my 957 KGWA 960 KOFM wecc


UW battleoftheeras

We have fabulous goodie bags and numerous dynamic door prizes; in addition there will be 12 raffle opportunities for some very special prizes.

You'll not want to miss your chance to win a YETI cooler along with 2 rounds of golf at Oakwood Country Club in Enid and 2 dozen Titleist Pro1 golf balls (valued at $525). We also have a specially designed fire pit custom built by Tom's Metal Art which stands 32" tall, octagon shaped and approximately 36" in diameter (valued at $500).

Tickets for the YETI package are $10 a piece and tickets for the fire pit are $5 a piece.

All tickets can be purchased at the United Way Golf Tournament, at the United Way offices or by calling Mark Hamm at 580-603-4000. All proceeds go to help fund our 15 community partner agencies.

* Special thanks to our friends at OG&E for helping to make the fire pit and YETI packages possible.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:28

2017 Annual Meeting Photos

The 2017 Annual Meeting on April 19 was an incredible success! Take a look at some photos from the event.

2017 Annual meeting atendees

2017 Annual Meeting attendees

2017 Annual meeting check in

2017 Annual Meeting check in 2

2017 Annual meeting check in 3

2017 Annual Meeting guests

2017 Dillingham Insurance Team

2017 Team OG and E with Director Schiedel

2017 UW Director Schiedel with Award winner Terry Semmel from UPS

Dan Schiedel   Ken Rapp   Randy Long and Duane Miller

Garfield County Child Advocacy Council and Supporters

group photo

John Berg   Triangle Insurance and UW Director Dan Schiedel

KC Electric Bradly Classen  and Dave Volever with Dan Schiedel

Martie Oyler   Nominating Committee

Mary Stallings and Katelyn Gleason Dockery

Mike and Kellie Wright with UW Director Dan Schiedel

President April and Dan at podium

President April Danahy   Director Dan Schiedel   Treasurer Tiffany Nels and 1st Vice President Lynn Ballard

President April Danahy presents award to Past President Randy Long

Team Interbank

United Way Director Dan Schiedel   President April Danahy   Carol Lambertz and 2017 Lambertz Award winner Ken Helms

Youth Family Services

Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:14

Ready to Read Summer Camp


Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2

Garfield Elementary School
400 East 7th Street
Enid, Oklahoma

The “Ready to Read” summer reading camp will be for four days from 9am to 3pm. This camp is open to student who attended 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades for the 2016-2017 school year.

Ready to Read Campers will:

  • Read Books and Kindle Pads
  • Play Reading Board Games
  • Practice Reading Fluency with Skits
  • Use Puzzles, Flash Cards, & Other Activities to Enhance Reading
  • Enjoy daily snacks

Download the Brochure


The “Ready to Read” camp and meals are free; but you must pre-register your child before camp.

Please, complete the registration form prior to May 25 and

  • Return it to your school or
  • Mail it to the United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma


We are looking for Junior Counselors. This volunteer position is open to student entering grades 6 thru 12. The “Ready to Read” summer reading camp will be for four days from 8:00am to 3:30pm.

Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2, 2017

Garfield Elementary School
400 East 7th Street
Enid, Oklahoma

Download Counselor Application


Enid Fire Marshal Kenneth Helms has been awarded the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award.

Helms received the award, presented by Carol Lambertz, during United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma's annual meeting and awards ceremony Wednesday.

"Although he is a tireless, devoted, civil servant to our community, he undoubtedly had no idea what would be asked of him, his wife and his entire workplace when he joined the United Way board of directors several years ago," Lambertz said.

Helms has served in all three major roles on the board — board president, campaign chair and budget allocation co-chair, she said.

"In 2013, when Ken was asked to represent the Enid Fire Department as campaign chair, not only was this the first time a public entity or business had served as our United Way's chair, but that year also marks our largest, single largest campaign — over a million dollars," Lambertz said.

For the past five campaigns, Helms has produced all of the campaign logos and artwork at no charge for every United Way event.

"Additionally, he has been instrumental in the production of our campaign videos, much of our photography and organizing campaign kickoff events," she said. "There was never a job too large or too small that Ken Helms didn't tackle and see through to completion, and always with absolute perfection."

As a member of Enid Fire Department for 19 years, Helms has been a firefighter, driver, assistant fire marshal and fire marshal. He also serves as the department's public relations and public information officer, staff photographer and is a founding member of the EFD Honor Guard, Lambertz said.

Helms and his three assistant fire marshals were recognized in 2016 as the International Fire Investigators of the Year.

Beyond United Way, Helms has served on boards of Cimarron Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, Leonardo's Children's Museum and Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, she said.

"Ken Helms, in many ways that we can ever mention, you have been the hero of the United Way for the city of Enid," Lambertz said.

Helms said the award is a tremendous honor.

"I very much appreciate it. I've enjoyed my time with United Way," he said. "It's just been a pleasure to serve the United Way, and thank you very, very much."

Several other awards were given during the ceremony.

The 2016 Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards went to AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank, Mike and Kelley Wright, Gary and Johnnie Atwood, the Allen Family Foundation and AT&T.

Top Ten Outstanding Campaigns for 2016 were recognized as AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Security National Bank, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, KC Electric, Groendyke Transport, OG&E, ONEOK and Dillingham Insurance.

Triangle Insurance Co., UPS, OG&E and Interbank were recognized for having 100 percent Employee Campaign Participation.

This story originally appeared in the Enid News & Eagle. Read the original story here.

United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 11:30am – 1:00pm, at the Oakwood Country Club. The meeting will feature lunch, special presentations, the nomination and election of Directors and Officers, and the announcement of the 2017 -18 Campaign Chairs.  The cost to attend is $35 per person.

AdvancePierre Foods served as the 2015-16 Campaign Chairs with Mike Mueller as the primary lead for the campaign. Highlights of the United Way’s “Helping One Another” Campaign came in the form of several vehicles being donated to a family and partner agencies.

“The Pillar’s Club Dinner, Golf Tournament and Chili Cook-off Events were once again huge successes, raising funds to help support our United Way Agencies. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Campaign and Fund Raising Events. I feel so blessed to be a part of an Organization that does so much for so many,” Mueller stated.

Several individuals will receive special recognition during the event including:  Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards, Certificates of Recognition and Achievements, and the 2017 recipient of the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award.

Funds raised through the United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma’s campaign support 15 member agencies: Booker T. Washington Community Center, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Cimarron Council – Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma, Consumer Credit Counseling of Central Oklahoma, Community Development Support Association, Denny Price YMCA, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, RSVP of Enid and North Central Oklahoma, Thayne A. Hedges Regional Speech & Hearing Center, The Salvation Army, Youth & Family Services North Central Oklahoma and YWCA of Enid. Funds also support other local social and human services projects.

To RSVP for the event, please call the United Way office at:  (580)237-0821 or email Dan Schiedel at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Press Release

July 10, 2017 

The United Way Golf Tournament is just around the corner....DON'T MISS OUT!!!

Join us for our annual Golf Tournament at Oakwood Country Club, presented by Richardson Homes!

  • Morning Tee Time: 8am (registration at 7am)
  • Afternoon Tee Time: 1pm (registration at 11:30am)
  • Buffet Lunch: 11am - 1pm
  • Rainout Date: July 24, 2017

For more information and to sign up to play, download this form.

To sponsor a hole or a team, please fill out this form.


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