Local Impact

Our Focus Areas

United Way fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in Payne County.

We do so by investing donated dollars and volunteer time in nonprofit agencies and projects that focus on those areas.

Focus Areas

 

 

Click through the tabs below to see how United Way's funded agencies are supporting our community
in the areas of Promoting Education, Improving Health and Reducing Poverty.

 

 

Literacy - Academic Achievement - Information & Referrals - Character Building - Community Engagement

 

Improving Education in Payne County
Improving education in Payne County means lowering school drop-out rates, improving school readiness and giving children tools to be successful in and out of school. Improving education does not stop after high school. Assisting adults in reading better, learning basic life skills to improve their quality of life and knowing their legal rights are just as important to having a successful life.

More than half of United Way’s partner agencies are committed to improving education for Payne County residents. 29% of United Way’s funding is spent on education programs.

 

Ways your funding supported education in Payne County last year:
-More than 2,000 children received back packs, school supplies and snacks.
-118 children received mentoring. 91% of those mentored plan to attend college.
-225 low income residents were given noncriminal legal advice that assisted residents in domestic violence situations, with landlord-tenant rights, and helped veterans better understand their rights.

United Way of Payne County partner agencies assisting with education in Payne County:

4 Kids and Community
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Mission of Hope Homeless Shelter
Payne County Youth Services
Stillwater Literacy Council
The Saville Center
YMCA of Stillwater

American Red Cross
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
MPower
Payne County Drug Court
Stillwater Cares
The Salvation Army
Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services

 

Safety - Food - Shelter - Access to Care - Prevention - Mental Health - Physical Health - Quality of Life

 

Helping Payne County residents live healthier and more fulfilling lives
Helping residents live healthier and more fulfilling lives means ensuring residents basic needs of food, clothing and shelter are met, but also having medical access and having a good quality of life.

19.5% of Payne County residents are food insecure. 15 of our 21 partner agencies are committed to assisting Payne County residents receive the help they need, no matter their age. Seven programs focus on ensuring children have food, and 3 programs deliver food to elderly and homebound residents.

(Source: https://www.regionalfoodbank.org/)

 

Ways your funding supported financial stability in Payne County last year:
-709 children and adults received a safe place to stay at a local shelter.
-446 victims of domestic violence filed for Emergency Protection Orders with the assistance of our partner agencies.
-More than 50,000 meals were provided to senior and homebound residents.
-2,538 residents without access to health insurance, were able to visit a doctor.

 

United Way of Payne County Agencies helping residents live a healthier life:

United Way of Payne County Agencies helping residents live a healthier life:

4 Kids and Community
CASA for Kids
Mission of Hope Homeless Shelter
Payne County Youth Services
Stillwater Group Homes
Stillwater Mobile Meals
The Saville Center
YMCA of Stillwater

American Red Cross
Life Adult Day Center
Payne County Drug Court
Stillwater Community Health Center
Stillwater Interfaith Counseling
The Salvation Army
Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services

 

Utility Assistance - Financial Education - Basic Needs Support - Workforce Development - Information and Referrals

 

Helping Payne County residents become financially stable
Helping residents become financially stable means supporting workforce development, teaching residents to maintain financial security, and helping residents remain in their homes when faced with hard times.

26.3% of Payne County residents live in poverty. Nine United Way partner agencies provide residents with financial education, assist residents in obtaining employment and help with short term utility and rental assistance.

(Payne County Poverty Source: https://datausa.io/profile/geo/payne-county-ok#:~:text=26.3%25%20of%20th....)

 

Ways your funding supported financial stability in Payne County last year:
-424 residents were taught skills to become financially stable and prepare for hard times.
-505 residents who were affected by a disaster were given immediate shelter and received assistance navigating the insurance processes.
-70 developmentally disabled residents obtain jobs in the community.

United Way of Payne County Agencies assisting residents to become financially stable:

4 Kids and Community
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Mission of Hope Homeless Shelter
Stillwater Community Health Center
The Salvation Army 

American Red Cross
MPower
Stillwater Cares
Stillwater Habitat for Humanity
Stillwater Literacy Council