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What We Do

Many think of United Way as simply an organization that provides funds to other nonprofits, but we have evolved beyond that to a very different organization. United Way of Payne County is a "Collective Impact" organization. Our real power comes from bringing together local nonprofits, businesses, elected officials and community leaders to collaborate and implement solutions to some of our community's most pervasive challenges.

 

 

 

 

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.

 


 

Education 
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                                                   American Red Cross
Big Brothers Big Sisters                                                 Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma                                  MPower
Mission of Hope Homeless Shelter                             Payne County Drug Court
Payne County Youth Services                                       Stillwater Cares
Stillwater Literacy Council                                             The Salvation Army
The Saville Center                                                           Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services
YMCA of Stillwater

 


 

Income 
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                                                   American Red Cross
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma                                   MPower
Mission of Hope Homeless Shelter                              Stillwater Cares
Stillwater Community Health Center                            Stillwater Literacy Council
The Salvation Army 

 


 

Health
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:
4 Kids and Community                                                   American Red Cross
CASA for Kids                                                                  Life Adult Day Center
Mission of Hope Homeless Shelter                             Payne County Drug Court
Payne County Youth Services                                       Stillwater Community Health Center
Stillwater Group Homes                                                Stillwater Interfaith Counseling
Stillwater Mobile Meals                                                 The Salvation Army
The Saville Center           
                                                                 Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services
YMCA of Stillwater