From the Director's Chair...
I am so thrilled to be a part of the families and friends of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. My wife Sharon and I are excited about being here and working with you to help others. My heart tells me that Enid is the place to be. A place of compassion for others, where we care about those who need a helping hand and a great place where we love others.
United Way is such a great organization made up of special people like you. Thank you for your generosity, your open arms and your adventurous “can do” spirit. These are just a few of the reasons that we were drawn to Enid.
We look forward to helping, working and being a part of the family, this community and making Enid our new home.
- Dan Schiedel
From the Board President...
This has been a challenging year for many, if not all, our member agencies and for the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, as well. From the challenge of dealing with a down year in campaign contributions to the search for our next Executive Director, the Board has worked very hard to minimize the impact of a down year and to insure the continued success of our United Way by seeking and choosing a person with vision to lead us in the years to come.
Although delivering bad news is never fun, I must commend our member agencies for their great attitudes considering the shortfall. I would say to our member agencies, that we pledge to work hard to meet this year’s goal and we will work to expand our donor base. We have great member agencies doing much needed work with very limited resources. Their hard work benefits our community in so many different but positive ways.
It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Board this past year and what a great board we have. No matter what the request or need was, there were always board members willing to step up, take responsibility, meet a need and advance the work of the United Way.
The past year we said goodbye to Pamela Ballard, who did an excellent job as our Executive Director going above and beyond the call and being involved in so many areas of need.
Daniel Schiedel, welcome to the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. We look forward to working with you in the years to come to expand our donor base and increase funding for each of our member agencies as you lead us to meet the human service needs in our area.
To Carolina Seymour, our administrative assistant who has carried on in the interim between Pamela’s leaving and Dan’s coming, we could not have made it without your hard work and your great attitude. She along with our interim director, Sean Byrne, have kept us moving forward without missing a beat. A big thanks to Sean for filling the gap so ably these past two months.
Truly believe that the best is yet to come for the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, our member agencies and those served by their agencies.
- Randy Long