News + Updates


United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma and Autry Technology Center are combining their efforts to engage students enrolled in the Coach-A-Kid mentoring program in the Enid Public Schools elementary and middle school system.

“We are excited that our friends and new partners at Autry will be providing technology-focused educational tool kits to our mentors and students,” said John Gray, Coach-A-Kid Coordinator.

The kits will be comprised of engineering and coding projects, science exploration, drones and robotics. Coach-A-Kid mentors will receive training in these disciplines by specialists at Autry and will then apply the training during their mentoring sessions with students.

“We are providing the Coach-A-Kid students hands-on experience with these technologies,” stated Mandy Mayberry, Autry Director of Communications, Marketing & Recruiting. “This can translate into a student potentially having 13 years of hands-on education in these areas by the time they graduate from Career Tech or college.”

Brady McCullough, CEO of Autry Technology Center believes, “as we continue to work towards a global economy, students need to learn skills that allow them to have parity with other technologically advanced nations. Hundreds of jobs are available with various companies throughout Oklahoma that are looking for people with this type of technology skill set. We are thrilled to partner with United Way and Coach-A-Kid on this exciting project.”

If you would like to enroll your child in the Coach-A-Kid mentoring program or would like to become a mentor, contact John Gray at United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma at 580-237-0821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Coach-A-Kid mentoring program began in 2015 and is funded in part through a grant from the Harris Foundation and the United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.

Autry Technology Center has been a part of the Enid community since 1967 and is one of 29 CareerTech schools across Oklahoma. The center has more than 25 career programs and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses and certifications for many diverse career fields. Autry serves nearly 16,000 individuals each year, including many area employees who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Department that works with over 500 local businesses each year.

The United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has been serving the region since 1934 and has raised over $50 million toward the fight for those who struggle with meeting everyday needs and necessities in the area of Health, Education and Financial stability.

Sunday, 04 November 2018 13:23

2018 DAY of Kindness

Join United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma for a DAY of KINDNESS! All day - Monday, November 5, 2018. Please share a kind word, a smile and/or a kind act. Our friendly volunteers will be around town spreading kindness...we hope you will too.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to provide supplies and items of need to many throughout our community. Please thank our sponsors when you see them:

  • OG&E
  • Allen Family Foundation
  • Westgate Plaza Shopping Center
  • Mid-Continent Packaging
  • Mid-America Wholesale
  • Valir Hospice Care
  • Paradise Donuts of Enid
  • Enid News and Eagle
  • Davinci's Coffee House
  • Jiffy Trip
  • Dillard's

United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is inviting and encouraging the community to participate in their annual World Day of Kindness on Monday, November 5th sponsored in part by OG&E.

“A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the community on that day such as delivering random acts of kindness to area schools, quality of life projects for senior citizens, replenishing supplies for Loaves & Fishes, YWCA and Salvation Army, and other acts of kindness throughout the day,” says Dan Schiedel, CEO of United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.

The United Way is inviting individuals, families, and employee groups to volunteer for a task and/or show random acts of kindness. “Two worthwhile projects, ‘Enid Santa for Seniors,’ through RSVP and the Diaper Bank through CDSA are both excellent ideas for families and employees to work together on to make a wonderful difference in the lives of others. If you don’t have time to do the shopping, you can make a donation and United Way will be happy to make the act of kindness happen,” said Schiedel.

Schiedel continued, “A random act of kindness can be as simple as paying for someone’s coffee or a meal or offering assistance with groceries. Kindness doesn’t need to cost anything. Opening a door for someone, speaking a kind word, or greeting another person with a smile can make all the difference in someone’s day.”

If you or your employee group is planning something special for the Day of Kindness, please contact the United Way office as soon as possible. United Way would like to coordinate the timing of as many activities as possible in order to capture them on film or video. The purpose isn’t to give credit to any one individual; it is to encourage others to be moved to good deeds and to begin thinking more of others.

For more information on Enid’s Day of Kindness, contact Dan Schiedel at 580-237-0821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:44

31st Annual Chili Cookoff!

Friday, October 26th

11am – 1pm

Central National Bank Center, Downtown Enid

Prizes will be awarded in these categories:

  • Judge’s Chili Choice Award
  • People’s Chili Choice Award
  • Best Decorated Booth Award
  • Top Dollar Chili Award

Chili cooks will also be eligible for door prize drawings.


THE COOKOFF COMPETITION IS NOW FULL. Tickets for the tasting are $7 each. Call 580-237-0821 TODAY!

Booth Setup: 8:00am
Judging: 10:00am Serving: 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Entry fee: $50.00 + door prize
Entry Deadline: October 19

  • Minimum 4 gallons of chili. Must be cooked in advance, brought in hot and ready to serve. Initial judging begins at 10:00am.
  • Booth space is first come/first serve unless you’ve reserved additional space for a large item such as a vehicle. Booths are approximately 8’x10’ with 1 large table provided. ROASTERS ARE THE ONLY METHOD OF HEATING ALLOWED BECAUSE THEY USE LESS ENERGY. (No additional electrical appliances are allowed, i.e TVs, radios, crock pots, etc.) You will need to provide an extension cord and/or power strip, tape to secure
    your cord to the floor, a long serving spoon, cooking utensils, hot pads, etc.
  • You may also want to provide cheese, chips or other condiments.
  • We would greatly appreciate an item of value to be given as a door prize.
  • Top Dollar Chili, which may include your company’s in–house chili fundraiser dollars need to be in a decorative container clearly stating such.

Questions? Contact Dan Schiedel or Carolina Seymour at 580-237-0821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:31

5K Foam Fun Run - Campaign Kick-Off Event

Date: Friday, September 7, 7pm 
Location: Downtown Courthouse Lawn (Enid, OK)

Registrations are available for individuals, family, groups, and companies. Register here.

The fee is $30, and there are no changes for later registration. Donations are also welcome. Funds go to:

United Way of Enid
2300 North 10th
Enid, OK 73701

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Ballard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (580) 977-8213.




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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Helmets and Basketball

Get ready to rumble!

Call TODAY to get your OSU, OU or Thunder tickets for a chance at one of these autographed helmets or basketball! The OSU football helmet is autographed by Coach Mike Gundy, the OU football helmet is autographed by Coach Lincoln Riley and the Thunder basketball is autographed by the entire 2018 Thunder Basketball Team!

Helmet tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and Thunder tickets are $10 each. Call us today at 580-237-0821 and support United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.

All proceeds to benefit our 16 partner agencies.

Congratulations to Kile Furr of Seminole the winner of the Traeger Grill and Jan Akers of Enid winner of the YETI cooler package. Thank you all for participating and helping United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma raise thousands of dollars for the 2018-2019 Campaign and our 16 Partner Agencies.

2018 Traeger grill winner Kile Furr

Jan Akers with United Way CEO Dan Schiedel winner of th 2018 YETI Cooler package

United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has recently partnered with CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) to offer supporters a new and meaningful way to contribute to help the United Way fight for the health, education and financial stability of all in our region. “Donated vehicles drive forward our mission to engage others to help one another and help transform visions of compassion & giving into dynamic REALITY for individual families in need in Enid and NW Oklahoma, as well as protect the environment by properly removing unwanted vehicles from the road,” United Way CEO, Dan Schiedel stated.

“This new partnership with CARS offers donors an easy way to repurpose any unwanted vehicles. Donating a vehicle is easy, tax-deductible, and avoids the hassles of selling or the costs of repairing altogether. Vehicle donations strengthen the programs provided by United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma, which directly supports our 16 partner agencies and Coach a Kid mentoring program,” Schiedel added.

CARS guides donors throughout the entire donation process and provides a FREE and convenient pick-up. Many nonprofits across the U.S. rely greatly on their vehicle donation program as a stable source of funds. CARS is the largest nonprofit vehicle donation provider and a trusted partner to over 3,500 other nonprofits in North America. CARS also provides transportation independence to thousands of seniors in the San Diego, CA community by operating a free shuttle program called On the Go.

CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), Official Website:

If you would like more information, please contact Dan Schiedel at 580-237-0821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 16, 2018

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 Great Plains Bank!

  • Registration: 7am and 11am
  • Buffet Lunch: 11am - 1pm
  • Rainout Date: July 23, 2017
  • Format: 4-person scramble

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

Sunday, 11 March 2018 01:16

Funds Available for Venture Grants

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.

For more information regarding the Venture Grant process This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director.

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