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December 4, 2012

United Way donations jump, but $200,000 short of goal

Payne County Youth Services depends on United Way funding

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater United Way has seen a strong response from donors toward its annual campaign over the last few weeks.

Agency Executive Director Sheri Carter said the campaign has reached 80 percent of its goal, bringing the total donated to $650,000. However, the push to reach the $850,000 goal continues.

The Stillwater United Way supports 23 local agencies, including Payne County Youth Services.

Director Janet Fultz described some of the many tasks her agency undertakes.

“We have services that include the emergency youth shelter, outpatient mental health and substance abuse services that are both office and school-based and a variety of prevention and diversion services. Those include such things as parenting education, skills for success programs, anger management and art, poetry and photography contests for the youth, the youth workforce program and our new healthy steps program which serves children birth to 5 years and their families,” Fultz said.

Fultz said if United Way didn’t reach its goal, it could put a hole in their budget and require a reduction of services or new ways to raise funds.

“Their financial suppport is critical to us,” Fultz said. “One of the ways we use their funds is match dollars for federal and state grants. Without local, unobligated dollars from the United Way, it would be much more difficult to bring those all important federal and state dollars to our community and our agency.”

While Carter said she is happy with the increase in donations, they still need additional support to reach the goal.

“We’re close but we’re not there yet,” Carter said. “All amounts are needed and appreciated.”

For more information, visit www.stillwaterunitedway.org.

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