“United Way’s Umbrella of…..Care”
United Way of Ponca City, as it is known today, began in 1938 raising $19,500 under the name of Ponca City Community Chest. The first campaign chairman was Reverend O.L. Shelton. The name changed to United Fund in the 1960’s and to United Way of Ponca City in January 1974. With the help of the citizens of Ponca City, United Way has raised over $28,397,019. It began with a goal of $19,500 seventy-nine years ago, this year our goal is $550,000 under the direction of campaign chair Brad Dierlam. “Throughout its 79-year history, United Way has been connecting people and resources to meet the needs of others. Under the United Way of Ponca City’s umbrella, eleven partner agencies provide vital services that focus on ensuring children and youth are on track for success in school, encouraging financial stability, and increasing access to vital health services and safety,” Dierlam said.” Last year United Way of Ponca City and partner agencies impacted over 15,200 people. The generosity and giving spirit of Ponca City helps us continue this effort year after year, providing services for this many people is impossible without your help. We are so thankful to have individuals, businesses small and large conduct campaigns to help raise funds for vital programs, we want everyone – to be a part of this community-wide effort, continues Dierlam. The theme for the 2017/2018 campaign is “Under Our Umbrella of….Care”. There are 11 agencies that applied for program funding under United Way’s three impact areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health & Safety. Fourteen programs supported by the following partner agencies will be considered for funding: American Red Cross, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Boy Scouts-Cimarron Council, Child Development Center, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Golden Villa Adult Day Services, New Emergency Resource Agency, Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, Peachtree Landing, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Survivor Resource Network, aka Domestic Violence Program. Through the United Way Manering Endowment, eight programs received mini grants in 2017- Community Care Auto Repair, Inc., Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center, Living Hope Pregnancy Center, New Emergency Resource Agency, Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Program, Ponca City Area Literacy Council, Ponca City Noon Ambucs-Wheelchair Ramp Project and Survivor Resource Network. Christina Rich-Splawn owner of Grafxtina designed this year’s brochure and Phillips 66 has generously donated the printing of the brochures and pledge cards, which enables more dollars raised to go to partner agencies and initiatives,” says Melissa Young, Executive Director. “We appreciate all they do on our behalf.” If you would like to run a workplace campaign, take an agency tour, be a volunteer for this year’s campaign or need information on United Way, its partner agencies and initiatives call Melissa at 580.765.2476 or stop by 205 N. 2nd Street from 8:30-4:30pm Monday-Friday. “Like us on Facebook” and check out our website, www.unitedwayponcacity.org.