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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:44

31st Annual Chili Cookoff!

Friday, October 26th

11am – 1pm

Central National Bank Center, Downtown Enid

Prizes will be awarded in these categories:

  • Judge’s Chili Choice Award
  • People’s Chili Choice Award
  • Best Decorated Booth Award
  • Top Dollar Chili Award

Chili cooks will also be eligible for door prize drawings.


Booth Setup: 8:00am
Judging: 10:00am Serving: 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Entry fee: $50.00 + door prize
Entry Deadline: October 19

  • Minimum 4 gallons of chili. Must be cooked in advance, brought in hot and ready to serve. Initial judging begins at 10:00am.
  • Booth space is first come/first serve unless you’ve reserved additional space for a large item such as a vehicle. Booths are approximately 8’x10’ with 1 large table provided. ROASTERS ARE THE ONLY METHOD OF HEATING ALLOWED BECAUSE THEY USE LESS ENERGY. (No additional electrical appliances are allowed, i.e TVs, radios, crock pots, etc.) You will need to provide an extension cord and/or power strip, tape to secure
    your cord to the floor, a long serving spoon, cooking utensils, hot pads, etc.
  • You may also want to provide cheese, chips or other condiments.
  • We would greatly appreciate an item of value to be given as a door prize.
  • Top Dollar Chili, which may include your company’s in–house chili fundraiser dollars need to be in a decorative container clearly stating such.

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. A follow up letter will be sent with additional details once we’ve received the entry form with your registration fee.

Questions? Contact Dan Schiedel or Carolina Seymour at 580-237-0821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Registration Form.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:31

5K Foam Fun Run - Campaign Kick-Off Event

Date: Friday, September 7, 7pm 
Location: Downtown Courthouse Lawn (Enid, OK)

Registrations are available for individuals, family, groups, and companies. Register here.

The fee is $30, and there are no changes for later registration. Donations are also welcome. Funds go to:

United Way of Enid
2300 North 10th
Enid, OK 73701

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Ballard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (580) 977-8213.




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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Helmets and Basketball

Get ready to rumble!

Call TODAY to get your OSU, OU or Thunder tickets for a chance at one of these autographed helmets or basketball! The OSU football helmet is autographed by Coach Mike Gundy, the OU football helmet is autographed by Coach Lincoln Riley and the Thunder basketball is autographed by the entire 2018 Thunder Basketball Team!

Helmet tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and Thunder tickets are $10 each. Call us today at 580-237-0821 and support United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.

All proceeds to benefit our 16 partner agencies.

Congratulations to Kile Furr of Seminole the winner of the Traeger Grill and Jan Akers of Enid winner of the YETI cooler package. Thank you all for participating and helping United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma raise thousands of dollars for the 2018-2019 Campaign and our 16 Partner Agencies.

2018 Traeger grill winner Kile Furr

Jan Akers with United Way CEO Dan Schiedel winner of th 2018 YETI Cooler package

United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has recently partnered with CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) to offer supporters a new and meaningful way to contribute to help the United Way fight for the health, education and financial stability of all in our region. “Donated vehicles drive forward our mission to engage others to help one another and help transform visions of compassion & giving into dynamic REALITY for individual families in need in Enid and NW Oklahoma, as well as protect the environment by properly removing unwanted vehicles from the road,” United Way CEO, Dan Schiedel stated.

“This new partnership with CARS offers donors an easy way to repurpose any unwanted vehicles. Donating a vehicle is easy, tax-deductible, and avoids the hassles of selling or the costs of repairing altogether. Vehicle donations strengthen the programs provided by United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma, which directly supports our 16 partner agencies and Coach a Kid mentoring program,” Schiedel added.

CARS guides donors throughout the entire donation process and provides a FREE and convenient pick-up. Many nonprofits across the U.S. rely greatly on their vehicle donation program as a stable source of funds. CARS is the largest nonprofit vehicle donation provider and a trusted partner to over 3,500 other nonprofits in North America. CARS also provides transportation independence to thousands of seniors in the San Diego, CA community by operating a free shuttle program called On the Go.

CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), Official Website:

If you would like more information, please contact Dan Schiedel at 580-237-0821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 16, 2018

The United Way Golf Tournament is just around the corner....DON'T MISS OUT!!!

Join us for our annual Golf Tournament at Oakwood Country Club, presented by Great Plains Bank!

  • Registration: 7am and 11am
  • Buffet Lunch: 11am - 1pm
  • Rainout Date: July 23, 2017
  • Format: 4-person scramble

For more information and to sign up to play, download this form.

Sunday, 11 March 2018 01:16

Funds Available for Venture Grants

The United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is making $16,225.00 available for Venture Grants for area non-profits. This funding is in addition to the regular allocations provided to the 16 United Way member agencies. Grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be awarded by July 1, 2018.

“We try to budget money each year for Venture Grants targeting identified social service needs in the community.” reports Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of the agency. Applicants are required to present measurable data or other indicators that strongly identify the need for the service in the community, and measure the impact their program will have in changing those numbers.

“Funding for Venture Grants is very competitive,” says Schiedel. “We are looking for programs or projects which are effective in creating sustainable change in the realm of human and/or social services.” Applications which address the underlying causes of a problem, and those which will impact the largest number of individuals are strongly encouraged. “We want to see lasting changes in individuals, families, and our community.”

Any non-profit 501(c)(3) human service organization in Garfield, Grant, Major, Kingfisher, Alfalfa, Blaine, Kay, Noble or Logan county is eligible to apply. The due date for Venture grant applications is April 30, 2018. Grant forms can be downloaded through the United Way of Enid & NW OK website through our grants page or an application can be received by email or mail by contacting the United Way office at 580-237-0821.

For more information regarding the Venture Grant process This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director.

Friday, 09 March 2018 00:40

Unity in the Community

Over 50 Vendors/Agencies providing free information and resources about Health and Wellness, Education, Employment opportunities, Financial Management, Emergency Relief and Services and much, much more.

Saturday, May 12th, 11am – 2pm

CNB Center
301 S Independence St.
Enid, OK 73701

Free Activities:

  • Haircuts for the kids
  • Lunch from 11:30 – 1:00
  • Health screenings
  • Speech and Hearing testing
  • Face Painting
  • Door Prizes

For more information, download the flyer.


United Way Executive Director Dan Schiedel said the organization reached $770,971.77 in funding, far above the goal of $750,000. He said a generous contribution from the late Dr. Robert Shuttee and his family helped to meet and push the United Way over the top of its goal.

"It was like you’re driving a race car at 220 miles an hour, and you finally let off the gas pedal ... and what a blessing. That’s all I can say. It was such a blessing to see the generous hearts of people and the outpouring of support for the United Way," Schiedel said.

Schiedel gave special thanks to fundraising campaign chairs Mike Stuber and his wife Sara, the board and president April Danahy, executive committee, executive assistant and everyone who donated or contributed to the campaign.

"It was a great effort together," Schiedel said. "That’s contributions, those are funds that we’ve received ... and some in-kind, that’s been part of it. There were nearly 70 donors that helped us with the 100 for $100,000 campaign, but really Dr. Shuttee and their family helped us to meet the $750,000 goal and push us over the top."

Stuber said he's grateful for the fundraising, and also that United Way won't have to decrease funding for its 16 member agencies.

"We’re certainly grateful for all the people that really stepped up and made it happen. I know it’s been a challenging year for charitable giving all around and to get this goal means a tremendous amount to those member agencies, and we’re just happy to be able to get it done and not have to decrease their funding," Stuber said.

He said next steps include getting the funding allocated for the member agencies, and "playing catch up" since United Way had to extend its fundraising campaign to reach the goal.

"This way we don’t have to cut anyone’s funding, because in times like these, it just makes it harder because the need, usually there’s more need and when we cut funding it exacerbates the problem," he said.

United Way's partner agencies include Booker T. Washington Community Center, Cimarron Council Boy Scouts, American Red Cross serving Northwest Oklahoma, Community Development Support Association, Catholic Charities, Consumer Credit Counseling, Denny Price Family YMCA, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, RSVP, Salvation Army, YWCA of Enid and Youth and Family Services.

Danahy said she's thankful to the community, and grateful to live in an area that recognizes the need local nonprofits have to help others.

"Well the best thing about meeting our goal is being able to provide funding to all of our agencies. All 16 of our agencies will receive funding which will allow them to serve those in need in our community, so what I’m looking forward to most is to see those most in need getting a helping hand up and our community organizations that we serve being able to do that for us," she said.

Danahy added her pride for everyone involved in the fundraising campaign, and the numerous events and community members that stepped up to help.

"The challenges facing our community were there and we were able to tell the story of the United Way and our 16 agencies to the people of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma and they responded," Danahy said. "It’s people helping people ... it takes everybody and our United Way campaign shows it can be done."

United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has created a year-end challenge to move closer toward its goal of $750,000. These much-needed funds go to 15 non-profit agencies in our community to help serve others. These agencies care for the hopeless, homeless, helpless and hungry in our city and region.

“2017 has been a very challenging year for our kids, single mothers and families in Enid and NW Oklahoma. Thousands of our neighbors, friends and strangers are struggling to clothe and feed themselves, find shelter and make ends meet,” stated 2017-2018 United Way Campaign Chairs, Mike and Sara Stuber.

“Together with our campaign chairs, we decided to do more to help raise awareness and financial support for our United Way partner agencies. So we created a year-end campaign challenge to find 100 businesses, individual donors and groups to help us with reaching our goal,” added Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.

Schiedel is encouraging those who have made a commitment for the 2017-2018 campaign to make an additional gift and is challenging first-time donors and teams to help raise $1,000 each. Consider inspiring a neighbor, a friend or a colleague or maybe start an office challenge.

The Stubers added, “As we live and give United, we can help change our community for the better and help those who have the greatest need. Working together we can changes lives and save people; we can help others with a hand up so they can lead themselves out of poverty and despair.”

The fifteen United Way partner agencies are:

  • Booker T. Washington Center
  • Cimarron Council Boy Scouts
  • American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma
  • Community Development Support Association
  • Catholic Charities
  • Consumer Credit Counseling
  • Denny Price Family YMCA
  • Garfield County Child Advocacy Council
  • Hedges Speech and Hearing
  • Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid
  • Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
  • RSVP
  • The Salvation Army
  • YWCA of Enid
  • Youth and Family Services
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