Though the Feb. 28, 2017 deadline approaches, campaign officials and leaders remain optimistic the $300,000 United Way of Stephens County fund-raising goal can be reached.

Businesses, industries, civic clubs, foundations and individuals have combined to raise more than $275,000 as they work through the stretch run.

That’s 92 percent of an admittedly challenging target.

“We’re really proud of the communities we serve for answering the call to help those less fortunate,” campaign chairman Marty Askins said. “Delighted, but not surprised. Our communities have always shown a generous spirit and have been willing to offer a helping hand. All of us should be touched and gratified by that.”

Campaign officials are hoping a couple of significant businesses, several employee groups and individuals who have donated in previous years will push this year’s effort over the top.

“Obviously,” Askins said, “these last few days are critical. We need some help. Time is running out on our campaign and while our goal is $300,000, community needs are much greater. It has been and still is a difficult time for many.”

More than 400 “reminder” letters were sent to prospects last week, encouraging contributions and involvement.

“Needs addressed by our 14 partner agencies are both basic and real,” Ed Darling, executive director of the United Way, said. “They affect our friends and neighbors. They deal with local people, local problems, local issues and local solutions.  “And the monies raised here provide hope, temporary relief and second chances.”   Started in 1954 as the Community Chest, the charitable group has been meeting needs continuously for 63 years.

Agencies part of the United Way effort are Christians Concerned, Delta Community Action Foundation, Douglas East Side Senior Citizens, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Literary Council, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House Academy, Heartline 2-1-1, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marlow Samaritans, Women’s Haven and Youth Services for Stephens County.

Contributions can be sent to the United Way of Stephens County, P.O. Box 1632, Duncan, OK 73534 or dropped off at the United Way office, 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9, Duncan, OK 73533.


For additional information, contact Ed Darling at the United Way of Stephens County. The telephone number is (580) 255-3648. The email address is edarling@unitedwayofsc.org.