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What is united Way?

We provide financial support to  non-profit agencies serving the needs of the local community. We also provide much needed funding and assist when unplanned expenses arise. Donation will help support a large number of agencies and other non-profit organizations.

MAIL Location

PO Box 283

Oscoda, MI 48750-1535


Phone: (989) 739-2779

Our Board members

Jane Negro

We have always supported OAUW and felt when I was asked it was a way to give back to the community. What I like best about OAUW is that we support groups and organizations in the community.

I am also involved in The Compassionate Friends of Oscoda, The Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation and Friends of the Auditorium. 

Sophia Rayes

I was approached by the board and asked if I wanted to be a student representative. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn and volunteer. I have been on the board for three years. I like serving on the OAUW board for the reward of knowing our work is directly impacting and improving our community. Hearing back from the people/organizations we have helped is always heartwarming.

William Gaines

I had been active with the Boeing Employee Good Neighbor Fund while employed at Boeing. I enjoyed that involvement and thought my experience there would be of value here. I like being involved in an organization that has a positive influence in the community.


Mellissa Buckalew

I have been a board member since 2017. I wanted to become more involved within the community. I was looking for an organization that benefits others while staying within the local community. I like that .92 of every dollar contributed benefits people locally and does not leave the community.


Jane Meyer

After retiring from CMU, I was looking for a worthwhile charitable organization that would be of service to the community.


Jolene Senn

I have also believed in being involved in the community you live in and volunteering whenever able. When I was asked to join the OAUW Board I was honored to join. I have been a board member since 2017. I like knowing that the funds donated to OAUW go directly to agencies that serve our community.



Joan Myles


Jen lee

I am also involved in the Elevation club.

Diversity Statement

As a human services organization continuously seeking to deliver community impact and maintain quality service to our donors and clients, the Oscoda Area United Way places high value on the concept of diversity. The Oscoda Area United Way values the uniqueness of the individual, the power of the collective good and the importance of communities. We promote a climate that welcomes, understands, and respects the diversity of our clients, donors, volunteers, agencies and community partners. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, cultural orientation, national origin, language, religious belief, disability, gender and age. The Oscoda Area United Way is committed to incorporating practices that enhance diversity into all areas of activity, including the recruitment and retention of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. The Board of Directors composition should represent a cross section of the community’s social, cultural and business elements and concerted efforts made to maintain diversity. Volunteers are supported through training to address the needs of all individuals and communities served. The Board of Directors will provide leadership and collaborate with clients, donors, volunteers, agencies and community partners to ensure an environment that values diversity. The Board should periodically review the Diversity Statement and strive to maintain diversity whenever new directors are appointed.

                                                                                                                                        May 2021