Cushing’s United Way campaign is at 73 percent of its $35,000 goal, with the campaign ending on December 31.
“32 percent of Cushing residents received services from United Way agencies last year,” Ruth Cavins, executive director for the United Way of Payne County, said. “When you support United Way, it helps your friends, family, neighbors or someone you might not even know. Cushing’s involvement is important to the overall success of the campaign.”
18 of United Way’s 22 partner agencies served Cushing residents last year. 20 percent of children helped by Payne County Youth Services were from the Cushing area. 96 Cushing residents found a safe place at Wings of Hope. One out of three Payne County residents are helped by United Way’s partner agencies.
“Every donation helps. $3 provides a meal for a hungry resident and $150 provides a day of shelter for a homeless child,” Cavins said. “By giving whatever you can, you’re helping improve someone’s life in your community.”
This year’s overall Payne County goal of $950,000 is based on the needs of United Way’s partner agencies. The agencies rely on this funding to provide essential health and safety services to Payne County citizens. If United Way does not reach their goal, the agencies will not receive the money they need for the upcoming year.
“The United Way and the local agencies they support are so vital to our community.” Latina Simmons, administrative assistant with Enbridge and United Way board member, said. “We encourage residents and businesses to consider a donation and help Cushing reach its goal by end of year.”
You can also donate by calling 405-377-2161 or stopping by with a donation at the United Way office at 109 E. Ninth Ave. in Stillwater. Other ways you can help are by encouraging others to donate, showing United Way’s campaign video to your group or workplace, or by displaying United Way brochures at your business. Call the United Way office if you would like to get involved.
The United Way of Payne County also encourages Cushing community leaders to join the United Way board of directors. They are currently accepting applications. Those interested can contact Latina Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Way of Payne County has been serving the Payne County community for nearly 70 years. They invest donated dollars in their 22 partner agencies to improve the health, education and financial stability of every citizen in Payne County. The United Way serves more than 25,000 residents each year. Learn more at www.unitedwaypaynecounty.org.