News + Updates


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.


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.

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.

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

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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

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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

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

After a thorough search process, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma on Thursday hired Dan Schiedel as its new executive director/CEO.

Several local, state and national candidates applied for the position. The search committee interviewed a pool of semifinalists on Feb. 8 and 9. At the conclusion of those interviews, the committee named Schiedel as the lone finalist, completed contract negotiations and made a final recommendation to the full United Way Board on Thursday.

Schiedel replaces Pamela Ballard, who served in the position for the past four years. She recently left to take a position in Tulsa with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Since her departure, former local United Way CEO Sean Byrne has been filling in on a temporary, part-time basis.

Schiedel comes to this position with a great deal of executive director and management experience in the areas of fundraising, financial management, securing major gifts, grant writing and nonprofit investment management. Most recently, he served as executive director and general manager of Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) in Oklahoma City for four years. Prior to that, he worked for Rogers State University, 2006-2012. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Dakota. He has been married to his wife Sharon for 33 years, and they have two kids and five grandkids.

They have found a place to live in Enid and plan to move here during the weekend of March 4-5. Schiedel's first day on the job with United Way will be March 6.

(This story originally appeared on the Enid News & Eagle.)

Friday, 02 December 2016 02:04

World Kindness Day 2016

Random Acts Of Kindness aka World Kindness Day is in November. It is believed that the world will be a significantly better place if we all encourage the spread of kindness in schools, communities and homes—so many organizations and individuals try to enable that in whatever way they can.

One of those people and organizations is Pam Ballard at United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma. Ballard came up with the idea of driving around town doing random acts of kindness a few years ago. The first year she did it she asked Enid Buzz to come along and video the day. Since that time it has become an annual tradition that we both look forward to.

Over the last several years we’ve followed Ballard and filmed her and her crew hand out donuts, buy gas for random strangers, pay for washing and drying at the laundry mat, provide coats for kids and even present a car to a hard working man that didn’t have one. They’ve also delivered mattresses, TV’s, bought groceries for random customers and provided a wheel chair to a special young lady.

This years “Random Acts Of Kindness” were no different but there was an additional emphasis to honor Lavonn McKnight who passed away in a car accident only weeks ago. McKnight had volunteered and done so much for Enid over her lifetime. She was not only a long time educator but served as principal at Garber and Chisholm schools.

McKnight was named a YWCA Woman of the Year and a Pillar of the Plains honoree. In her later years she was a big part of RSVP helping hundreds of our local senior citizens. She served on the board and was president during multiple terms. These were only a few of the things that made McKnight a valuable asset to our community.

In honor of McKnight’s memory, husband Dick and sister-in-law Mary rode along throughout the day and helped surprise both the young and the old. Chip and Christy Baker from Bennie’s Barn and Enid RSVP contributed much to make the day special as well.

RSVP volunteer Mark Woods, Carla Burdick, Carolina Seymour, Candace Hazlett and others were also a special part of the day. Many people, businesses and organizations helped make the day special and donated not only time but services as well.

This years events included a trip to Garber Elementary for the dedication of a Buddy Bench and a visit to Chisholm Elementary where a special presentation was made to the McKnight family. Lavonn will be remembered with a memorial tile at the school.

The United Way crew then traveled to Carver Early Childhood Education Center where they presented books for teachers and members of McKnight family read to students. There was a quick stop to donate to the CDSA Diaper Bank Project and a new bed was delivered to a senior citizen named James and a heater was delivered to another senior named Dorothy.

A hearing aid was presented to another senior at Angel Delights and then lunch was served at the Senior Center while volunteers handed out gifts. Toiletry products were delivered to Loaves and Fishes and along with other random stops.

The day ended with a new stove being delivered to a senior named Denise and the presentation of bicycles to twins at Garfield Elementary who’s bicycles had been stolen.

Another great year for World Kindness Day! We look forward to what could happen next year but also remind everyone to be kind every day and help spread random acts kindness whenever possible.

[This story first appeared on Enid Buzz. Read the original article here.]

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Friday, 07 October 2016 01:33

Sundae in the Park

On Sunday, 16 October, from 2:00 - 4:30 pm, the Y is holding its annual Sundae in the Park event at Government Springs Park North.

Adult volunteers are needed for:

  • supervising inflatables
  • face painting (GREATEST NEED - no experience necessary. Teens welcome.)
  • games for kids

To volunteer for an hour or more, contact Debra Buckminster at the Y: 237-4645 X16.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:53

29th Annual Chili Cook-Off


Friday, October 14, 2016
11am - 1pm

Central National Bank Center
301 S. Independence

Tickets: $5 each (includes 1 free soda and cookie)

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Contact Carolina by calling (580) 237-0821 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to purchase tickets.

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