The vocation of every man and woman is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

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Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City

In OKC on November 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City communicates the importance of assisting the under served as well as any organization I have seen. They are well known for building partnerships with businesses and other organizations that benefit inner city communities. This effort includes engaging professionals to volunteer as teachers and mentors for adults who do not have ready access to formal education. The Urban Leagues other areas of focus are (from their website):

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The entrepreneurship program provides services in: credit reports, business plan development, loan application processing, business registration packets, market research, seminars & workshops, procurement assistance, referrals and legal status development. 

JOBS AND TRAINING

The Workforce Development Department specializes in training for the hardest to employ or individuals that are underemployed.  The department also works to contact central Oklahoma’s major employers with the urban employees.

The department provides career development resources including job readiness training, annual career expo, and diversity training for employers.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The affordable housing program provides quality & affordable homes to low to moderate income families by rehabilitating existing structures & constructing new homes.

The program also facilitates FREE weatherization services and prepares families for home ownership by hosting homebuyer education and credit counseling workshops.

URBAN HEALTH

The urban health program works to increase awareness of breast health, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer prevention through free community health fairs, referrals, group interventions and free fitness activities.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The children and families department provides after school tutoring, food vouchers, utility assistance, bus passes and parent training for adults.


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Eat Wise OKC

In advocacy on October 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Eat Wise OKC is a group of concerned parents who have been working since 2008  to improve the nutritional value of meals served to students in Oklahoma City Public Schools. From their website:

Changes you should already see in OKCPS:

  • Fresh fruit daily
  • Whole grain breads exclusively
  • Removal of all a la carte items in elementary school (a la carte = chips, cookies, sodas, left-over breakfast sweets, etc.)
  • Removal of sugary breakfast foods and cereals
  • Removal of pop tarts as part of free universal breakfast
Main Goals for OKCPS:
  • Recess and playground equipment for all elementary students
  • Fresh fruit & veggie snacks daily
  • “Hydration Stations” at every school; i.e. water available on the serving lines
  • Reduce sugar consumption 
  • Eliminate food additives: MSG, artificial colors/flavors, preservatives
  • Stop the sale of junk food in elementary, middle and high schools
  • Replace Styrofoam trays with  reusable trays and dish-washing machines
  • Support Child Nutrition Services in efforts to move to healthier menu items and away from fast food items
  • When the above is achieved, we will have fresh food prepared and served daily.


Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

In advocacy on August 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I visited the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) earlier this year and was impressed by the work that they do. As the name implies OICA advocates for children in the state of Oklahoma. Their programs include:

Learn more about this wonderful organization that fights for our children.
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