Bryan County United Way campaign kicks off

By Zach Maxwell Staff Reporter

October 27, 2013

Bryan County United Way is kicking off its 2013-14 campaign by urging volunteers, donors and its board members to “give where you live.”

United Way supports 10 local agencies: Big Five Transportation, Bryan County Youth Services, RSVP (senior activity programs), Court Appointed Special Advocates (serving children in the justice system), Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Families Feeding Families, Ministerial Alliance, St. Catherine’s Food Bank and People First Industries.

New board members are adding new voices to the mix of business people and service agencies who oversee United Way on the local level.

“We have had a dedicated core group of people on our board for many years,” said Board President Patrick Suman. “This is coming together very well and it’s an honor to represent this group of folks.”

Among the new board members is Kevin Ashley. She works for Southeastern Electric Cooperative and jumped at the chance to serve the community.

“I have wanted to do something like this for quite some time now,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of such a wonderful organization that does so much for the community.”

Sgt. Eric Langley of Oklahoma National Guard joined the United Way board in September. He said it is part of the National Guard mission to serve in such ways.

“The National Guard wants to be involved in our community,” he said. “This was an opportunity to give back and be a part of making this community a better place.”

United Way not only supports the agencies listed, but also contributes to local, regional and national disaster response. Local donations made in the wake of May tornadoes in Moore were sent to Oklahoma City area United Way chapters.

Bryan County United Way is often the first line of defense when local families need assistance. But it takes resources, and to that end the UW board and its director (Pam Robinson) are conducting the campaign at various workplaces.

“United Way Days” will be held Nov. 5-7 at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, starting with a pledge event from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the hospital.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.bryancountyunitedway.org or call (580) 931-7147.