When it comes to helping non-profits, give where you live.

For residents of Rogers County, there’s certainly no shortage of non-profit and charitable organizations in need — in need of donations, in need of volunteers, in need of you.

With the season of giving upon us, numerous non-profit entities needs are greater than ever, many of these, falling under the umbrella of United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties.

“Non-profits are crucial in their hometowns — in their communities,” said Catherine Woldridge, United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties. “Non-profit agencies are the ones who stand in the gap, who are going to take care of people’s family, children, well-being, and people who give to these agencies (through United Way) can rest assured knowing that their donations are spent solely on critical needs — the money goes where it’s needed, and it’s very much needed.”

United Way’s drive chair Alisha Smith echoes Woldridge’s thoughts on the importance of non-profit agencies within a community.

“Something I’m passionate about is community involvement,” she said. “United Way of Rogers and Mayes counties raise much-needed dolars for several local non-profit agencies throughout the community which focus on improving the lives of residents in many different aspects of life — education, health, and financial stability.

“With today’s economic struggles, United Way — all non-profit agencies — need help more than ever before,” she continued. “Together, we can change lives and truly make a lasting positive impact throughout the community.”

Currently, the United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties oversees more than 20 non-profits in the area, among them, the American Red Cross, Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, the Boys & Girls Club, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma (CANO), Chouteau Ministerial Alliance (Word Fellowship), Claremore Meals on Wheels, Calremore Senior Citizens Center, Community Action Resource & Development (CARD), the Craig, Ottowa, and Rogers County Senior Program, Inola Senior Citizens Center, Pryor Ministries Center, Rogers County Adult Elder Care Center, Rogers County Literaacy Council, Rogers County Training Center, Rogers County Youth Services, Safenet Services Inc., Salina Senior Center, Salvation Army (Rogers County), Senior Citizens of Chelsea, Sertoma Senior Citizens, Strang Senior Center, and The Manger.

As United Way is oversees these different agencies, it’s also able to identify where crucial needs are and direct funding to those needs, becoming something of a “one stop shop” for non-profits.

“Right now, we’ve got our annual fundraiser extended through December, with our goal this year being $400,000 — it’s going to be a challenge, but there are many people who benefit from the various United Way entities, so we don’t just look at the dollar figure we’re hoping to raise, we’re looking at the lives impacted by the non-profits ability to help them,” she said.

For more information about United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties, call 918-343-1165 or visit www.uwrmc.org.

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