Terry Beutelschies, outreach coordinator for the Lake Area United Way, answers questions about the Day of Action scheduled for June 26.
1. What does the Lake Area United Way do?
“Lake Area United Way (LAUW) fights for the education, health, and financial stability of everyone in our community. LAUW works with community partners to make lasting, positive change through programs and services that bolster the three building blocks of life — education, health and financial stability. We collaborate with other nonprofits, government, businesses, and individuals who have the same passion. We know when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.
We build the strength of our neighborhoods, bolster the health of our communities, and we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.”
2. What is the United Way Day of Action?
“United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around
the world to live united and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by volunteering to improve the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, financial stability, and health.
“Lake Area United Way will have the first annual Day of Action on June 26. This year’s Day of Action will focus on senior health and safety. LAUW and OG& E are hosting a free education and sign-up event inside Wal-Mart located at 1000 W. Shawnee Bypass from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
“OG& E will be providing the Silver Energy Program and Weatherization for those that qualify. Seniors may also qualify for free small home repairs and yard cleanup.”
3. Is this event just for senior citizens?
“This year LAUW and OG&E will be concentrating on seniors (who are) 60 and over.”
4. What can I do if I want to help?
“Share this information with the seniors in your life or offer to bring them to sign up.
“If you want to volunteer, register through Volunteer- Match.com. A LAUW staff member will contact you about the volunteer opportunities for Day of Action. For groups who wish to volunteer, please call Terry Beutelschies at (918) 682-1364.
“Want to help, but do not have the time: Donate to help with the cost of materials, go to https://bit.ly/2tiA9Iv.”
5. Will there be any speakers at this event?
“Many community partners, including Area Agency on Aging, will have information
tables set up inside Wal-Mart for those interested in senior resources.”
— Kenton Brooks