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United Way Announces Name Change

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Lawton, Okla United Way of Lawton-Fort Sill is proud to announce the organization's name change to United Way of Southwest Oklahoma, effective Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

The change is due to the expansion of services to be offered across Southwest Oklahoma. The new identity will allow United Way to expand its programs and services, create partnership opportunities and seek resources from other communities that are supported by the United Way efforts, but do not have fundraising campaigns to support the needs in their areas.  The assigned area includes nine following counties in southwestern Oklahoma: Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman as well as portions of Beckham and Caddo Counties.

United Way's name change comes at a time when the organization has made progress to create a lasting impact in the community by implementing a strong Community Impact Model. This new model takes United Way far beyond the traditional fundraising approach. Not only will it help people with their critical needs, but it will also create sustainable changes by addressing the underlying issues in the community, which have been framed into the focus area of: education, income, and health: the building blocks for a thriving community.

The organization's efforts concentrate on: advancing education by advocating early childhood learning and creating universal Pre-kindergartens available in partnership with local childcare providers and Lawton Public Schools; setting up a strategy to promote vocational education among high-school graduates and adults, thus helping reduce numbers of low income families who are financially unstable; creating affordable and accessible healthcare services for youth and adults, which are supporting and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

As the organization unveiled a new identity, the new website and social media channels have also been redesigned.

About the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma:

The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma funds 19 local agencies and their various programs that address community issues.  The United Way is a charitable organization and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the local community to fulfill its mission. For more information, please visit www.uwswok.org .

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