The Norman Transcript

June 23, 2013

United Way announces 2014 program budget

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The United Way of Norman recently announced its program funding for 2013-14. The investment decisions were made following months of hard work by the volunteer members of four impact councils.

The United Way will invest more than $1.35 million in programs that meet basic and emergency needs, as well as programs that offer people a step up in their quality of life. Funding begins July 1.

“We’re excited to be able to distribute so much money to our funded partners this year,” said United Way of Norman President Kristin Collins. “That is due to incredible support from the community and the determination and drive of last year’s Campaign Chairs, Tom Cooper and Cindy Nashert.” 

A total of 45 programs from 29 organizations will receive financial support from the United Way over the next year. Of those programs, 13 received an increase in funding this year. United Way of Norman is also funding eight new programs.

“It’s great to be able to add new, quality programs that help us address community goals in our focus areas of Education, Income, Independence and Health and Safety,” said Collins.

Funding from United Way of Norman is awarded through a competitive grant process. In order to ensure that donor dollars are invested where they are most needed and can have the greatest impact, all funding decisions are based on how well programs fit within the United Way’s strategic plan to strengthen the community. All funding decisions are reviewed and approved by United Way of Norman’s Board of Directors.

“When the council met to determine how to distribute the money we were allocated, it was both rewarding and extremely stressful,” said Health and Safety Council Member Stephanie McGinnis. “We had a diverse group reviewing the programs as well as their evidence-based outcomes. While we wish we could fund every request, it is just not financially possible. That is why the process is so difficult. However, it is gratifying to know that the agencies funded through the United Way can continue to have such a positive effect on so many lives because of our supportive community.”

The following programs will receive funding from United Way of Norman for Fiscal Year 2014. Funding decisions are divided into four impact areas: Education, Income, Health and Safety and Independence.



Big Brothers Big Sisters Community and School — $67,500

Bridges — $62,000

Community After School Program, CASP — $10,000

Be Smart- Kennedy — $10,000

Center for Children and Families, Inc. — $70,000

Early Childhood Education and Parent Support Services — $10,000

Loveworks — $31,500



ABLE — $10,000

East Main Place — $10,000

Food and Shelter Inc. — $50,000

Rent & Mortgage Assistance — $30,000

START Skills (Skills, Training and Resources for Tomorrow — $25,000

Legal Aid — $36,000

St. Vincent DePaul — $5,000

The Salvation Army — $55,000

Thunderbird Clubhouse — $15,000

Health and Safety

American Red Cross — $56,500

Service to Armed Forces — $2,500

Among Friends — $4,000

Bethesda — $18,000

Sexual Abuse Counseling — $56,000

Community After School Program, CASP Inc. Be Fit Club — $16,000

Center for Children and Families Inc. — $60,000

Cleveland County CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates — $8,000

Crossroads Youth and Family Services Anti-bullying Program — $5,629

Food For Thought Pantry Partners Training Program — $3,000

Kaleidoscope Grief Counseling and Support — $3,000

Mary Abbott Children’s House — $45,000

Norman Addiction and Information Center — $45,000

Adolescent Addiction and Treatment — $67,000

Parents Helping Parents — $564

Thunderbird Clubhouse Health and Wellness — $15,000

Transition House — $38,000

Transitional Living — $28,000

Variety Care (Health For Friends) dental program — $75,500; medical program- $75,500

Women’s Resource Center — $15,000

Rape Crisis Center — $25,000


ABLE, residential program — $15,000

Aging Services, housekeeping — $25,000

Among Friends, activity center — $29,000

Full Circle — $3,000

DHS Scholarship Program — $18,000

Meals on Wheels — $102,000

Second Chance Companion Meals Program — $1,000