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.