July 24, 2023, Shawnee, OK – The United Way of Pottawatomie County’s Shawnee Recovery Fund has received a $100,000 donation from SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee, all of which will fund recovery efforts for the community affected by the April 19, 2023 Shawnee Tornado.

“All of us at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee were saddened at the devastation caused by the tornadoes that tore through our community and impacted our friends, families, neighbors and co-workers,” said Angi Mohr, President, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee. “Our Mission guides us and our commitment to help our community in this time of need. We are happy to give this donation, knowing it will help our community to recover and rebuild; we are Shawnee Strong.”

FEMA has received over 1,700 applications for Pottawatomie County residences as of July 1.  Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, is under contract with the State of Oklahoma to be the organization responsible for case management for the April 19 Shawnee Tornado.  If a citizen has unmet needs from the tornado, they are encouraged to call Case Manager Kyle McNew at (405) 523-3000 extension 126.

“Even though we are now 90 days post-disaster, our citizens have a long road to full recovery to get their homes back to a safe and secure condition,” said Sandy Vanderburg, Executive Director of UWPC. “This tremendous gift from SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee will help so many individuals in their journey to rebuild.  As a community, we are grateful for our local hospital and their generosity.”

Donors can give online at unitedwaypottco.org/shawnee-recovery or mail a check to United Way of Pottawatomie County, with “Shawnee Recovery Fund” in the memo, to P.O. Box 697, Shawnee, OK 74802.

Additional Information: 

United Way of Pottawatomie County is a local and independently operated 501c3 serving Pottawatomie, Seminole and Lincoln County and serves 23 partner agencies.

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