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Building a better OKC

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:00:00 am
United Way fundraiser

If you’re a frequent reader, you know that we think OKC is pretty great! And to say that we’re a close-knit community might even be a little bit of an understatement. One of the organizations making a huge impact in the Greater Oklahoma City area is the United Way of Central Oklahoma. For more than 90 years, the vision of the organization has remained simple: to build a stronger, healthier, and more compassionate community. Yet the reach of the United Way in our community is undeniable.  In fact, the United Way of Central Oklahoma provides support for more than 127 programs at 61 partner agencies and six of the originally funded agencies remain partner agencies today: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, The Salvation Army, Sunbeam Family Services, YMCA and YWCA.

The organization focuses on creating strong families, successful kids, and healthy citizens. United Way of Central Oklahoma is one of the few in the country to house a research department to help determine strategic initiatives to address our community’s needs, even establishing more than 200 “Cool Zone” locations across central Oklahoma where anyone can go to escape the heat. In fact, the lives of more than 100,000 central Oklahomans are touched each year through the United Way’s partner agencies. From enrichment activities to housing and emergency shelter services and dental care for uninsured Oklahomans, it’s hard to deny the impact the organization has on our community.

Attend the annual Campaign Kickoff  on September 11 for a fun way to learn more about the United Way of Central Oklahoma and get a free fabulous breakfast at the same time. The event will feature a pancake breakfast cooked by local “Celebrity Chefs” and other festivities include a pancake flipping contest and a family movie night under the stars later that evening.

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