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United Way of Central Oklahoma

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Our Mission

Connecting people and resources to improve the well being of those in our community.

Our Vision

A stronger, healthier, and more compassionate community.

Our Core Values

United Way of Central Oklahoma values health, education, financial stability and quality of life. We believe these core elements are critical to our success as individuals, as families and as a community.  In order to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community, we are working to provide access to these essentials to all people in central Oklahoma through Five Focus Areas.

Our Five Focus Areas

  • Strong Families:  Individuals and families have resources to achieve financial stability as well as access to counseling, debt management, education, job training and housing.        
  • Successful Kids:  Infants, children and youth are nurtured and given the opportunity to succeed in school, develop life skills and become productive citizens.
  • Healthy Citizens:  Central Oklahomans have access to physical and mental health care and adopt healthy lifestyles. Important health research is funded.    
  • Independent Living:  Older adults and the disabled are engaged in the community with access to independent living, job skills, volunteer positions and dynamic relationships while their primary care givers receive respite and support.         
  • Community Preparedness:  Our community is prepared to respond to individual and community emergencies.

Our Founding

United Way of Central Oklahoma was founded in 1923 as the “Community Chest,” running an annual campaign for social services needs known as The Community Fund campaign. Over the years, the name of the campaign and organization have changed, keeping its mission relevant to central Oklahoma by convening resources, incubating new programs and initiatives, and funding 58 United Way Partner Agencies.


Learn about United Way of Central Oklahoma’s history and successes. Download our Fact Sheet


United Way of Central Oklahoma works to maintain the utmost integrity in transparancy, accountability and accuracy in our financial records and reporting. Here you will find UWCO's Annual Report  and 2016 Audited Financial Statement. 

We happily provide documentation to donors for tax purposes who contribute at least $250 in a single payment of cash, check, credit card or stock gifts. Should you donate less than $250, you may request a tax receipt by emailing info [at] unitedwayokc [dot] org

Please call (405) 236-8441 with any questions. 


At United Way of Central Oklahoma we value diversity, as well as the dignity and worth of each employee and volunteer, and believe that an inclusive and diverse group of volunteers and the workforce is critical to our continued success.

  • United Way of Central Oklahoma’s goal is to be a model for championing diversity, welcoming and serving everyone.
  • Diversity is valuing individuals without regard to race, religion, color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, disability and age.
    • We need diversity because our work has taught us its value.  Every day we experience changing needs in our community.
    • Our ability to embrace diversity and to make it an integral part of our business will enable us to serve our contributors, volunteers and Partner Agencies more effectively.  It will also help us to attract new volunteers, new employees and new givers.
    • Our goal is to have our board of directors, management, staff, agencies and volunteers genuinely demonstrate the principles of diversity, which enrich our community.
    • Our vision is to be an inclusive culture, promoting respect for individuals and diverse ideas through engagement and collaboration.