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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:

  • 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

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!!!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:03

2017 OU Autographed Football Helmet Raffle

United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma Raffle Results

Angi Root of Enid is the winner of the 2017 OSU football helmet autographed by Coach Mike Gundy...

and...

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!

UW AngiRoot OSUwinner2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 13:53

30th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

THE RESULTS ARE IN! Today's 30th Anniversary Classic Chili Cook Off Bash was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Judges Chili Choice

  • 1st place OG&E
  • 2nd place KC Electric
  • 3rd place YMCA

Best Decorated Booth

  • 1st place Advance Pierre Foods
  • 2nd place Enid Buzz
  • 3rd place Integris Bass Baptist Health Center

People's Chili Choice

  • OG&E

Top Dollar Chili

  • 1st place Central National Bank - $3,898
  • 2nd place Messer Bowers Insurance Company - $1,673
  • 3rd place City of Enid - $1,629.17
  • 4th place Groendyke Trucking - $1,264.70
  • 5th place Johnston Seed Company - $840

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:

  • 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

Details

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

Sponsors

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


Flyer

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

CAMPERS CAN ENHANCE READING SKILLS & GET “READY TO READ.”

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

FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH

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

COUNSELOR REGISTRATION FORM

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

FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH IS PROVIDED.

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