United Way

United Way of Stephens County opened applications for membership to area nonprofits and qualifying organizations.

According to Helen Stewart, executive director, the application opened to organizations Oct. 14 and will close at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. That leaves time for funding decisions, which occur in February.

“We encourage organizations here in Stephens County to entertain the possibility of joining us,” Stewart said. “Our mission of the United Way of Stephens County, Inc. is to improve our communities’ quality of life by uniting resources in support of programs dedicated to helping people”  

The February decision will go before a committee of 25, Stewart said, including volunteers and board members who are tasked with evaluating all proposals and touring the prospective agencies.

Nonprofits already under the Stephens County United Way umbrella focus on “basic needs such as food, utilities and clothing, children and youth programs, mentoring, counseling and referral services, domestic violence and sexual assaults, legal issues, developmental services, senior citizen programs and activities and serving our neighbors in Stephens County,” Stewart said.

Founded in 1954 in this area. United Way of Stephens County serves 13 agencies, including CASA of Southwest OK, Christians Concerned, Douglass Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts of Western OK, HeartLine 2-1-1, Legal Aid Services of OK, Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Velma Senior Citizens Center. 

Applications can be turned into the United Way office at 12 S. 8th Street, Duncan. For more information and for a list of requirements for eligibility, contact Stewart at 580-255-3648 or email to hstewart@unitedwayofsc.org.

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