February 21, 2020
It’s crunch time for the united way and we need your help!
The United Way of Stephens County (UWSC) would love to say that we're on track to meet this year's goal of $325,000, unfortunately this isn't the case. After looking at all the support received through the end of the year, we are projecting a $31,000 goal shortfall.
“We have until March 31, the official end of the campaign, to make up the shortfall. It's crunch time and we are calling on the community to help. We need individuals and businesses to do ONE LAST PUSH for this year’s campaign.” said Betty Beck, United Way Chairman.
“With your help, we know that we can raise the additional funds needed to close the gap and fund our agencies who are working so hard and stretching every dollar. Remember, that all money raised here stays here in Stephens County and helps LOCAL children and families.”
What may happen if the shortfall isn't made?
At UWSC, we work to ensure that every child and family has a chance for a positive future. Children deserve opportunities to be successful in school. Hard-working families should be able to meet their family’s basic needs. Families and individuals in crisis need opportunities to find help and overcome their barriers. We're concerned that if we don't reach our goal and make up the shortfall, opportunities that many of us take for granted and that are vitally needed are not going to happen and many in the community will suffer and continue to lose hope.
How can you help us make "One Last Push" for Stephens County?
- If you haven't made a gift to the campaign yet, do it today. We even offer a "bill me" option with payments spread over the year for businesses and individuals if you don't have the funds right now.
- If your business has already made a corporate gift to the campaign, consider increasing it to help us close the gap. An extra $500 or more from all our corporate and workplace partners can go a long way. Consider doing a quick fundraising event at your business to support United Way this year. Again we can even bill your business for this in easy installments.
- If you have made a gift, consider stepping up and giving just a little bit more this year to help us close the gap.
- Set up a personal fundraising page and help us raise the funds by telling your friends and family about the difference United Way is making in Stephens County and encourage them to make a donation before March 31.
Your gift will provide hope for a family until they can get back on their feet. You could make a difference in someone’s life.
Donations can be mailed to the United Way of Stephens County P.O. Box 1632 Duncan, OK 73534-1632, online at www.unitedwayofsc.org or United Way of Stephens County Facebook page. We would love to visit with you. Call us 580-255-3648.
January 21, 2020
Reaching towards the goal.
The United Way of Stephens County is working hard to reach their goal of $325,000. “We are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and we need another $60,000 to meet our goal.” said Helen Stewart, United Way of Stephens County Executive Director. “With the unsure economy people are just trying to stay afloat, we receive calls for help almost daily, and it breaks my heart that I can’t personally help everyone who calls. Our agencies are stretching every dollar they can but some days, there just isn’t enough. ”
With the annual Allocations process coming in February it is extremely important that they raise the funds needed to meet the needs of their agencies and are able to assist those in our community that are struggling right now. Though the goal is $325,000 they could use $375,000 to fill the requests of these agencies. “People assume that if we raised $325,000, we would receive $325,000 in cash, but that is not the case. While 1/3 of our donations are made in cash, 2/3 are through employee pledges, about 20% of those pledges are not paid as people change jobs, companies go out of business or some lose their job and simply can’t honor their pledges.
We live in a great community. People are moving to the Duncan area because they have heard how caring we are. How neighbors help neighbors, you just can’t find this anywhere, I know because I moved here myself from California.” continued Helen. “With Valentines Day just around the corner show your community some love by making a donation in the name of a loved one or in lieu of flowers for your sweetheart and we will spread the love through our 14 agencies.”
The agencies supported by the United Way of Stephens County are CASA of SW OK, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts of Western OK, HeartLine 2-1-1, Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Senior Citizens of Velma.
If you would like to make a donation; checks can be mailed to the United Way of Stephens County at PO Box 1632, Duncan, OK 73534-1632, online at www.unitedwayofsc.org, or stop by the office located at 12 S 8th St. in Duncan, OK and visit with Helen or Jana Marks. 580-255-3648.
December 30, 2019
DRH helps to hit the 65% mark
United Way has hit the 65% mark thanks to the generous team members of Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH). It all started with the annual chili cook-off and continued with the employee pledge drive; this year they have helped pushed us toward our goal of $325,000.
“The DRH team raised over $52,000 for this year’s United Way Campaign. I am truly proud of our team’s internal fundraising efforts. This represents a fantastic commitment to improving lives throughout our community.” said LeAnn McCord campaign coordinator for DRH.
Patty Wininger co-chairman of the campaign added “As a former employee of DRH, I am so happy for the success. They truly understand the need and work of the United Way. I encourage everyone to get involved and make a difference as 99% of funds raised stay in Stephens County.”
Funds raised will support our 14 partner agencies that include CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girls Scouts, HeartLine 2-1-1, Legal Aid Services, Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Velma Senior Citizens Center.
Contributions can be dropped off at its office at 12 S. 8th St., Suite 9 in Duncan or mailed to P.O. Box 1632, Duncan, OK 73534, by phone (580) 255-3648 or simply go online and make a donation at www.unitedwyaofsc.org.
Thank you for your support!
Dec. 3, 2019
United Way 40% to campaign goal
The United Way of Stephens County contributions and pledges topped the $130,000-mark last week and campaign officials are hoping for a post-Thanksgiving surge that will push funds closer to the $325,000 goal.
“We’re going to need all the help we can get,” Patty Wininger, co-chairman of this year’s drive that helps support 14 partner agencies, admitted. “We still have some of our Loaned Executive accounts that are completing their respective internal campaigns, but the real key this year will be the generosity of small businesses and individuals”. Patty’s husband and co-chair Floyd Wininger added “While our goal is $325,000, the needs of our agencies are far greater than that, so we’re encouraging anyone and everyone to consider helping us and the agencies we represent. Every dollar counts. And every dollar stays in Stephens County and will be used to help local people through local agencies meet and resolve local issues. United We Can make a difference.“
Agencies served by the United Way of Stephens County are C.A.S.A. of Southwest OK, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Heartline 2-1-1, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Velma Senior Citizens Center.
Virtually all have reported significant increases in requests for assistance, many for basic needs like food, shelter, utility or prescription medication payments. As the prolonged energy slump lingers, unemployment continues and benefits run out, many anticipate an even greater need for help.
The United Way of Stephens County has conducted fund-raising efforts for the community for the past 65 years.
Contributions can be dropped off at its office at 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9 in Duncan or mailed to P.O. Box 1632. Duncan, 73534, or simply go online and make a donation www.unitedwayofsc.org. The telephone number is (580) 255-3648.
November 7, 2019
United Way Fundraising campaign hits 25%
The United Way of Stephens County thermometer boards marking the campaign progress of 25% have been put up in Comanche, Duncan, Marlow and Velma. This year the goal is $325,000 with monies designated to help the 14 partner agencies that make up the United Way of Stephens County.
Campaign leaders are busy with Loaned Executives making presentations to local business and industries while Campaign Co-Chairmen Floyd and Patty Wininger have saturated the area with personalized letters to previous donors as well as making presentations to local civic, service and study clubs.
“We have faith our home strong caring community is giving generously to insure the 14 United Way agencies are funded so that hope, help, and dignity will reach our neighbors in need. These 14 agencies touch lives of nearly every friend and neighbor you know in some way. The statistics are people not numbers” said Floyd . “Let’s make it personal in our giving” added Patty.
Agencies supported by the United Way are CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, HeartLine 2-1-1, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Velma Senior Citizens Center.
Donations can be made directly to the United Way of Stephens County at P.O. Box 1632, Duncan, OK 73534-1632, by visiting our website www.unitedwayofsc.org or by calling us at (580) 255-3648.
September 8, 2019
United Way of Stephens County campaign off to a great start.
Balloons floated in the air while the Duncan Band formed the letters U and W at Halliburton Stadium Friday night during Duncan Demons game against Putnam City West at halftime. Landon Jones of L.E. Jones Operating presented a check to United Way of Stephens County Chairman Betty Beck and Co-Campaign Chairs Floyd and Patty Wininger while other board members looked on. “We are so grateful to L.E. Jones for their wonderful donation” said Betty Beck, “these funds will go towards helping so many in our community, we are truly blessed.”
Over 400 people filled Fuqua Park Saturday afternoon for day two of the United Way’s Campaign kickoff. With 10 teams competing the 2nd Annual BBQ Showdown was underway. A majority of the 14 agencies of the United Way of Stephens County were also on hand selling various side items to accompany the BBQ being cooked all around them. “It reminds me of the block parties I would go to during the summer as a child, with food and fun everywhere” said one patron. Kiddieland Park, Rock Island 905 Railroad Museum and Stephens County Historical Museum remained open at no charge during the 5-7 pm dinning event.
Agency partners of the United Way are CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians’ Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Area Literacy, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, HeartLine 211, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marie Detty Youth and Family Services, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Velma Senior Citizens Center.
BBQ cooking teams prepared beef brisket, pork butt, pork ribs, and this year chicken was added to the competition as well as beans or a side of their choosing along with ice cream or a special dessert.
First Bank & Trust’s BBQ team won the coveted People’s Choice Trophy, while first place winners were CannaWise for Ribs, Fly-N-Pig for Brisket, Tilley’s BBQ for Chicken, Bone Shack for Pork Butt, Motley Few took first place in both Beans and Dessert (Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake).
Chris Genn, United Way Vice-chairman said “It was so much fun to see everything come together!! It went so smoothly, and everyone seemed to have a great time!!”
Event sponsors were Duncan Regional Hospital, D.A.E.D.F, CannaWise, Tilley Group, First Bank & Trust, Arvest Bank, Wheels Express and McCoy’s Building Supplies.
For more information about the United Way or to make a contribution to this year’s 2019-2020 campaign, call (580) 255-3648 or contact the United Way at 12 S. 8th St. in Duncan. www.unitedwayofsc.org or www.facebook.com/UnitedWaySC
UNITED WAY OF STEPHENS COUNTY
CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRMEN NAMED
July 25, 2019
Winingers to lead United Way campaign
Floyd and Patty Wininger will head the 2019-20 fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Stephens County.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Betty Beck, Director of Volunteer Services at Duncan Regional Hospital and chairman of the United Way board of directors, said.
“The Winingers are highly respected for their community spirit, for their benevolent feelings and for their willingness to work hard for causes for which they believe
“They know and understand the importance of the United Way,” she continued, “and they appreciate its role here and the volunteers who make positive things happen for people who have temporary needs. I think they’ll be a dynamic addition to our team and we hope our generous communities continue to support our agencies.”
The Winingers have a deep history of involvement here and look forward to their newest challenge.
“With grateful hearts and thanks to a community that has blessed us for 40 years, we are honored to serve as this year’s co-chairmen,” the Winingers said.
A retired registered nurse, Patty is vice mayor of the Duncan City Council and represents Ward 3. She is a member of the advisory committee of the parks and recreation department.
She is a graduate of Leadership Duncan Class X and was instrumental in the creation of Duncan High’s Project Graduation and the Duncan Arts and Humanities Council’s Fall Fest.
An avid supporter of the Stephens County Humane Society, she is the author of “Goodnight Duncan,” a book that raised more than $20,000 for the humane society and she helped raise in excess of $40,000 for the :”Cover Our Kids” school safety program.
Her38-year nursing career is dotted with superlatives.
She was presented the Florence Nightingale Award by the state nursing association for lifetime achievement. She retired as DRH’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Lead Cardiac Rehab Nurse.
A Duncan native, Floyd graduated from Central State University (now UCO) with a degree in Funeral Service and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
He retired as owner of the family-owned Hawkins Television, Cellular and Satellite and later retired as an administrative assistant at First Baptist Church.
He holds an airline transport pilot certificate, is a certified flight instructor, has served as chief pilot for a Fortune 500 company and has logged more than 7,000 hours of flight time.
He was a founding member and first president of the Stephens County Humane Society and has also been president of Chisholm Trail Hospice, a graduate of Leadership Duncan Class XIV and treasurer of the Duncan Little Theatre, where he has also been a popular on-stage performer.
The Winingers are active members of First Baptist Church where they both sing in the choir and lead a Sunday morning Bible Study at Chisholm Trail Assisted Living Center. They have served on mission teams to Guatemala and China.