By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
They say your reach should exceed your grasp. If that’s true, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma exceeded its grasp by more than $50,000 during its recent fundraising campaign.
United Way raised a total of $751,515.10, or $51,000 over its goal. United Way Executive Director Pamela Ballard said that will allow more money to be put into the 16 agencies United Way supports, which will provide more services in the community.
“It’s direct service to those who need it most,” Ballard said. “The people in our community always have the needs of the people at heart.”
Ballard said people in the community understand the only way Enid will succeed, and Garfield County will become a better place to live, is for them to share their resources.
“They truly care about other people,” she said.
Ballard already has started looking at the budget to see how to best distribute the money.
Campaign chairs for the drive were Tom and Jessica Andrew. Jessica said she and Tom were excited about exceeding the $700,000 goal.
“Everyone was excited this year. It’s been an exciting year and year of change,” she said. “Every year the campaign has its challenges, this year we had more than our share.
“We could not have the goal without the help of all the community, our board members, agency representatives, loaned execs, media. Everyone played a huge part in helping us to meet our goal,” she said.
One challenge came when United Way executive director Sean Byrne left for another job in the middle of the campaign, she said, and Ballard joined the organization. Another was overcoming the loss of Continental Resources.
Jessica Andrew credited the community with stepping up when United Way needed it.
“We want to say a huge thank you to AdvancePierre Foods,” she said. “They were our top employee campaign and a huge contributor to United Way each year. We went over our goal by $50,000, and several people contributed to our success.”
Agencies supported by United way are: Booker T. Washington Community Center, Cimarron Council Boy Scouts, Cimarron Valley Chapter American Red Cross, Community Development Support Association, Consumer Credit Counseling of Central Oklahoma, Denny Price Family YMCA and Enid Community Clinic.
Also, Enid Metro Area Human Services Commission, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Salvation Army, YWCA of Enid and Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma.