To improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma by connecting community resources with responsive and accountable health and human service agencies.
We encourage you to join
United Way of Central Oklahoma as a volunteer in one of the following
Day of Caring: Help with United Way Partner Agencies’ Day of Caring projects always held on the first Friday and Saturday in October. For more information or to sign up, contact Cynthia Vora at (405) 523-3581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Investment: Help determine how United Way dollars are invested. On an annual basis, United Way provides funding to local programs with proven accountability and impact. If you are a donor and are interested in participating in this process contact Jeff Robbins at (405) 523-3536 or email@example.com.
Additionally, the United Way of Central Oklahoma Volunteer Center provides hundreds of volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups for nonprofits throughout the community. For more information contact Cynthia Vora at (405) 523-3581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While providing critical funding to results-oriented programs at proven nonprofit agencies will always be central to our work, increasingly we find ourselves called upon to address needs even more directly. United Way of Central Oklahoma holds the unique distinction as being one of the only United Ways in the nation with staff dedicated to research. Our research department is responsible for identifying emerging needs and service gap areas in central Oklahoma. We use this information to determine our strategic initiatives, collaborate with other community organizations to respond to social service needs, and educate the public on the needs that exist in our community. As mental health and addiction continues to rise in our community, we are working with Terri White, Commissioner, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to look at effective programs addressing crisis needs associated with these issues.
For 93 years, United Way of Central Oklahoma has been the community safety net for health and human services in central Oklahoma. We provide critical funding to 121 results-oriented programs at 58 accountable nonprofits across central Oklahoma that we call our Partner Agencies. These agencies are doing important work for the central Oklahoma community and the programs are creating lasting changes in people's lives. United Way works with Partner Agencies, donor volunteers, constituents and community leaders to improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of its most vulnerable citizens.
United Way funds local programs that are addressing our
community's most critical needs. These needs are divided into the
following categories: successful kids, strong families, healthy citizens,
independent living and community preparedness. Each year, more than 200
donors volunteer their time to review the funding requests from local programs
wishing to receive United Way support. These volunteers carefully assess
program proposals, financial information, performance history and outcomes in
order to make funding recommendations to our Board of Directors. Once approved,
funds are then distributed among United Way’s Partner Agencies. The Community
Investment volunteers conduct a follow-up evaluation of the funded programs as
the annual United Way campaign cycle begins to ensure that funds are being
United Way of Central Oklahoma works with businesses,
organizations, and foundations to raise funds for our annual campaign. Hundreds of
community-minded organizations host a workplace campaign for United Way and/or
contribute corporate donations. Donations raised by
the campaign help fund 121 local programs administered by 58 Partner Agencies.
The annual Community Investment process allows United Way to remain transparent and accountable for dollars raised during the annual campaign. Following this review, volunteer teams make funding recommendations based on their findings and the program funding request. These recommendations are then voted upon by the United Way Board of Directors. This process ensures donor contributions are invested in the local community in the most efficient and effective way.
United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer Center connects volunteers with
meaningful opportunities at local nonprofit organizations. Annually, the
Volunteer Center presents a Day of Caring series featuring days of community
wide service: Day of Caring and Day of Action. During Day of
Caring held in early October, teams of volunteers work together to make a
difference in the community through projects held at our Partner Agencies. Last
year, the Volunteer Center connected more than 2,000 volunteers with opportunities to serve in the community. These volunteers spent more than 5,000 hours giving back to our community. If you were to put a dollar figure to that, it would total well over $118,500.
During a disaster, United Way stands ready to assist by rallying resources for our Partner Agencies and other service providers who are providing direct assistance to disaster victims. Additionally, United Way provides social services agency coordination and support during incidents/disasters. We maintain a board-directed Disaster Fund and can receive financial contributions specific to the disaster. As the leader in volunteer driven allocations, systems and controls are already in place to ensure that funds raised will be utilized as they were intended, to meet the needs of the disaster victims. We serve as a convener for our community social service providers and help to fill the gaps for needs that are not met through the normal social services structure. In the event of a community shelter, we assist the shelter management by coordinating social services from our partner agencies to meet the needs of those in the shelter. We also participate in the long-term recovery efforts at the local level. The Volunteer Center assists during disaster to help place and track spontaneous volunteers as well as recruit volunteers from an online database.
The needs of our community are critical and are increasing. This is why United Way of Central Oklahoma needs you, more so now, than ever.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
In times of disasters, there are nonprofit and religious organizations that can assist those affected whether it be a personal disaster or a wide-scale disaster. Several of the organizations listed in this area are members of the national Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD).
United Way of Central Oklahoma creates lasting changes in people's lives right here in our community. No longer just a fundraising organization, today United Way is on the front lines of some of our community's most pressing problems through the work of 60 agencies.
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