July 18, 2022, Shawnee, OK – The United Way of Pottawatomie County (UWPC) is honored to announce that on July 15, a total of $238,460 has been granted to 21 local area partner agencies.

 The six-figure allocated amount was raised during the 2022 UWPC annual fundraising campaign through community fundraising events, individual donations, and through dozens of local business employee campaigns, where companies invite employees to donate to UWPC through payroll deductions.

 Agencies who qualify for UWPC funding must provide services to residents residing in Pottawatomie, Lincoln and/or Seminole Counties, provide programming that aligns with the UWPC mission through serving health, education, or financial stability needs, must conduct an annual third-party financial audit, and have a current 501c3 nonprofit status.

 Award notifications were sent to each agency on June 1 and funding began July 15, 2022.

 List of awarded funds to each partner agency:

  • $25,000 – Community Market of Pottawatomie County
  • $25,000 – Project: SAFE
  • $20,000 – Legacy Parenting Center
  • $20,000 – Volunteer Health Center of Pottawatomie, Inc,
  • $17,000 – Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
  • $15,000 – COCAA/Meals on Wheels
  • $15,000 – Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County
  • $15,000 – Salvation Army
  • $14,000 – Mission Shawnee
  • $10,000 – Gateway to Prevention & Recovery
  • $10,000 – Last Frontier Council – Boy Scouts of America
  • $10,000 – Shawnee Bridges Out of Poverty
  • $10,000 – Shawnee Family YMCA
  • $10,000 – Youth and Family Resource Center, Inc.
  • $5,000 – American Red Cross of South Central and Southeast Oklahoma
  • $5,000 – Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
  • $4,210 – Pottawatomie County 4-H
  • $2,500 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma
  • $2,500 – Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO)
  • $2,000 – Heartline 211
  • $1,250 – South Central Industries and Housing

This past March, qualifying agencies submitted applications to be reviewed by the UWPC Allocations Committee, a group of board members and community members who donate their time to serve on this volunteer committee. The Allocations Committee reviewed applications, toured agencies, and then submitted recommendations in May 2022 to the full UWPC Board of Directors for approval.

“Prior to the global pandemic, our United Way was able to raise and allocate almost half a million dollars,” said Sandy Vanderburg, Executive Director of the United Way of Pottawatomie County. The Board of Directors and I invite this tri-county area to join us this August for the upcoming 2023 fundraising campaign so that our United Way can re-invest in area non-profits who strive to fight for youth success, strong families, and make sure that all Individuals have access to basic needs.”

UWPC will host the 2nd annual ‘Splash into Campaign’ kickoff event on August 5 from 5:00PM-8:00PM at the Shawnee Family YMCA.  A donation of $5 per person is requested to purchase a wristband for entry into the event.  Attendees will enjoy food trucks, swimming, games, and a rubber duck race in the lazy river.  Ducks are available for adoption for $5, and the top 3 winners will receive a prize.

To learn more about the annual United Way Fundraising Campaign, our partner agencies, and to make a donation, please visit unitedwaypottco.org.

Additional Information: 

United Way of Pottawatomie County is a local and independently operated 501c3 serving Pottawatomie, Seminole and Lincoln County and serves 21 partner agencies.

The United Way of Pottawatomie County local mission is to strengthen communities by mobilizing resources to collaborate for the common good.

The UWPC Allocations Committee touring partner agency, YMCA.

The UWPC Allocations Committee touring partner agency, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

The UWPC Allocations Committee touring partner agency, YMCA.

The UWPC Allocations Committee touring partner agency, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.