The merger will also help large employers, like Miami University, in operating their campaigns because the merger will allow donors to contribute through an e-pledge campaign, which has not been possible for Oxford donors. Also, some agencies receive funds from both the Oxford and Butler County United Way organizations, and this will streamline the application and distributions process.
Oxford will maintain a strong presence in the operation of the BCUW, with leaders assuring Oxford residents that they will continue the support of area agencies.
County President and CEO Margaret Shawver Baker grew up in the area and said she holds strong ties to Oxford, as does Vice President/Operations Pamela R. Cottle. Baker was formerly employed by First Financial Bank.
“We have reached a point where merging these organizations is not only logical, but allows United Way to continue serving its citizens of Oxford on an even greater scale,” Baker said. “The support of the Oxford community in addressing the vulnerabilities of its citizens is vital to the success we have achieved in the past and plan to achieve in the future.”