The United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is making $16,225.00 available for Venture Grants for area non-profits. This funding is in addition to the regular allocations provided to the 16 United Way member agencies. Grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be awarded by July 1, 2018.
“We try to budget money each year for Venture Grants targeting identified social service needs in the community.” reports Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of the agency. Applicants are required to present measurable data or other indicators that strongly identify the need for the service in the community, and measure the impact their program will have in changing those numbers.
“Funding for Venture Grants is very competitive,” says Schiedel. “We are looking for programs or projects which are effective in creating sustainable change in the realm of human and/or social services.” Applications which address the underlying causes of a problem, and those which will impact the largest number of individuals are strongly encouraged. “We want to see lasting changes in individuals, families, and our community.”
Any non-profit 501(c)(3) human service organization in Garfield, Grant, Major, Kingfisher, Alfalfa, Blaine, Kay, Noble or Logan county is eligible to apply. The due date for Venture grant applications is April 30, 2018. Grant forms can be downloaded through the United Way of Enid & NW OK website through our grants page or an application can be received by email or mail by contacting the United Way office at 580-237-0821.
United Way Executive Director Dan Schiedel said the organization reached $770,971.77 in funding, far above the goal of $750,000. He said a generous contribution from the late Dr. Robert Shuttee and his family helped to meet and push the United Way over the top of its goal.
"It was like you’re driving a race car at 220 miles an hour, and you finally let off the gas pedal ... and what a blessing. That’s all I can say. It was such a blessing to see the generous hearts of people and the outpouring of support for the United Way," Schiedel said.
Schiedel gave special thanks to fundraising campaign chairs Mike Stuber and his wife Sara, the board and president April Danahy, executive committee, executive assistant and everyone who donated or contributed to the campaign.
"It was a great effort together," Schiedel said. "That’s contributions, those are funds that we’ve received ... and some in-kind, that’s been part of it. There were nearly 70 donors that helped us with the 100 for $100,000 campaign, but really Dr. Shuttee and their family helped us to meet the $750,000 goal and push us over the top."
Stuber said he's grateful for the fundraising, and also that United Way won't have to decrease funding for its 16 member agencies.
"We’re certainly grateful for all the people that really stepped up and made it happen. I know it’s been a challenging year for charitable giving all around and to get this goal means a tremendous amount to those member agencies, and we’re just happy to be able to get it done and not have to decrease their funding," Stuber said.
He said next steps include getting the funding allocated for the member agencies, and "playing catch up" since United Way had to extend its fundraising campaign to reach the goal.
"This way we don’t have to cut anyone’s funding, because in times like these, it just makes it harder because the need, usually there’s more need and when we cut funding it exacerbates the problem," he said.
United Way's partner agencies include Booker T. Washington Community Center, Cimarron Council Boy Scouts, American Red Cross serving Northwest Oklahoma, Community Development Support Association, Catholic Charities, Consumer Credit Counseling, Denny Price Family YMCA, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, RSVP, Salvation Army, YWCA of Enid and Youth and Family Services.
Danahy said she's thankful to the community, and grateful to live in an area that recognizes the need local nonprofits have to help others.
"Well the best thing about meeting our goal is being able to provide funding to all of our agencies. All 16 of our agencies will receive funding which will allow them to serve those in need in our community, so what I’m looking forward to most is to see those most in need getting a helping hand up and our community organizations that we serve being able to do that for us," she said.
Danahy added her pride for everyone involved in the fundraising campaign, and the numerous events and community members that stepped up to help.
"The challenges facing our community were there and we were able to tell the story of the United Way and our 16 agencies to the people of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma and they responded," Danahy said. "It’s people helping people ... it takes everybody and our United Way campaign shows it can be done."
United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has created a year-end challenge to move closer toward its goal of $750,000. These much-needed funds go to 15 non-profit agencies in our community to help serve others. These agencies care for the hopeless, homeless, helpless and hungry in our city and region.
“2017 has been a very challenging year for our kids, single mothers and families in Enid and NW Oklahoma. Thousands of our neighbors, friends and strangers are struggling to clothe and feed themselves, find shelter and make ends meet,” stated 2017-2018 United Way Campaign Chairs, Mike and Sara Stuber.
“Together with our campaign chairs, we decided to do more to help raise awareness and financial support for our United Way partner agencies. So we created a year-end campaign challenge to find 100 businesses, individual donors and groups to help us with reaching our goal,” added Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.
Schiedel is encouraging those who have made a commitment for the 2017-2018 campaign to make an additional gift and is challenging first-time donors and teams to help raise $1,000 each. Consider inspiring a neighbor, a friend or a colleague or maybe start an office challenge.
The Stubers added, “As we live and give United, we can help change our community for the better and help those who have the greatest need. Working together we can changes lives and save people; we can help others with a hand up so they can lead themselves out of poverty and despair.”
The fifteen United Way partner agencies are:
The winner for our drawing (details archived below) has been selected! Congratulations to Tim Creel on his Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Show tickets and dinner.
Call (580) 237-0821 today for your chance at 2 tickets to the Thursday, December 7, 2017, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show and an EXCLUSIVE pre-show dinner by the CNB Center Executive Chef.
The DRAWING will be held on November 22, 2017. CALL TODAY!!!
Angi Root of Enid is the winner of the 2017 OSU football helmet autographed by Coach Mike Gundy...
Melody Gentry (picture not available at the time of this post) of OKC is the winner of the 2017 OU football helmet autographed by Coach Lincoln Riley
Thanks to all who bought tickets and who support the United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma!
THE RESULTS ARE IN! Today's 30th Anniversary Classic Chili Cook Off Bash was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!
Thanks to all of our donors, sponsors, businesses, chili chefs, board members, volunteers, CNB Event center and staff, tasters, judges and chili committee members! We are still counting, but we are close to the $20,000 we projected to raise for this event.
Until next year... thank you for supporting United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma and for caring about others.
The fifteen United Way partner agencies are:
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:
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:
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!
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.