The Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma held one of their signature events at the Oklahoma City Zoo, and OU Big Event Volunteers ran most of their educational booths for the day.
The Norman Veterans Center provides long term health care for Norman’s veterans. OU Big Event volunteers spent their day helping tidy up the Center’s property.
Arbor House in Norman is an assisted living community. Big Event volunteers spent their day building, painting, and landscaping on the property.
The mission of WINGS is to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs guided by principles of the Bible.
A Group od OU Big Event volunteers spent a day helping beautify the grounds of the WINGS facility.
(video shot by OKC GOOD volunteers Connor Galvin and Cody Nicely)
The Christmas Connection is a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving low income families and senior citizens in central Oklahoma. They provide a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere where clients are treated with dignity and respect and can shop for clothing, household items and basic necessities.
OU Big Event volunteers spent the day helping sort clothes and deliver a load of donated goods from a consignment sale.
Over the last year, Uptown 23rd has been working hard to return the NW 23rd St. Historic District to being one of Oklahoma City’s premier business, arts, and entertainment districts. Anchored by the Historic Tower Theater and stretching from Broadway to Penn on NW 23rd Street, you will find great locally-owned restaurants, eclectic boutiques, welcoming businesses, and Oklahoma City University.
OU Big Event volunteers spent a few hours beautifying 23rd street and exploring the district.
On April 5th, 2014, 5,557 OU volunteers went to 151 different jobsites around the Norman and Oklahoma City metro. Volunteers completed over 20,000 hours of community service on this day, making it the largest single-day community service effort in the state of Oklahoma.
OKC GOOD went to around a dozen worksites and documented the stories of service!
Mariposa Coffee Roastery is a small micro-roastery in Norman, Oklahoma that is dedicated to crafting excellent coffee, supporting community, and fighting social injustice. Their current social justice agenda is simple: putting water-wells in coffee-growing communities that do not have access to clean water.
The Curbside Chronicle is a monthly magazine sold on the streets of Oklahoma City by vendors who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless.
In late 2013, one of the most dedicated Curbside Chronicle vendors, Billy Ray, tragically lost his leg to diabetes. The Curbside Chronicle then partnered with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Limbs for Life to give Billy Ray what he called, “the best Christmas present I’ve ever had in my life”
UPDATE: Tragically, Bill Ray has since passed away. His passion and positive attitude will be remembered by the many in OKC who came to call him friend.
On Nov 12, 2013, students from Southern Nazarene University hosted Night of Redemption, a fundraising evening for No Boundaries International that featured musicians, The City Harmonic, The Charlie Hall Band, Shawn McDonald, and The Royal Royal. The night also featured special guest speaker Bob Goff, author of New York Times Best-selling book, Love Does.
The heart of this event was to raise funds to combat the very relevant issue of human trafficking, but even more to raise up passionate men and women in this state that will stand for injustice and seek to redeem those that have no voice right here in Oklahoma City.
OKC GOOD was happy to provide all of the media production for Night of Redemption.
Right now, 350 kids and youth in local foster care are waiting for permanent adoptive families. We believe the church can make the difference for these kids. The 111Project hosted a Pastor’s and Leader’s lunch with Focus on the Family to promote the Wait No More Oklahoma Event on October 26th, 2013. For more information visit: http://icareaboutorphans.org/oklahoma/
On September 20th, 2013 volunteers from Better Block OKC organized Oklahoma City’s first ever participation inPARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks, a way to call attention to the need for more urban open space. For the event, parking spots were turned into “parklets” in 7 different OKC locations.
The PARK(ING) Day concept was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, with the goal of generating critical debate around the creation and allocation of public space, as well as improving the overall quality of urban human habitat.
On September 12, 2013 The Curbside Chronicle hosted at release party for their second issue at Elemental Coffee in Oklahoma City.
The Curbside Chronicle is a monthly magazine sold on the streets of Oklahoma City by homeless and at-risk of being homeless vendors. The Curbside Chronicle is one of 43 street papers in the United States, and the first street paper in Oklahoma. A street paper is a publication that offers employment and a voice to homeless and low-income individuals.
LOVE OKC is passionate about uniting individuals, businesses organizations and community service agencies to serve the needs of the greater Oklahoma City metro area.
LOVE OKC partners with the community to provide tangible hope to children, families, individuals, and the elderly struggling within our community. During their LOVE OKC one Day Event on August 24th, 2013 they provided groceries, health services, community service connections, lunch, haircuts, family portraits, and activities for children. All goods and services were FREE on the day of the outreach.
The Mentoring Project hosted their REWRITE Mentor Training at LIfeChurch.tv’s Edmond campus for nearly 500 people. This training was aimed at equipping community to rewrite the fatherless story through mentoring in the greater OKC area.
for more information, visit www.thementoringproject.org
On May 4, 2013 the Oklahoma Task Force on Human Trafficking hosted their first ever Community Summit. The event brought leaders together from all over the community to network and brainstorm ways to prevent human trafficking.
Better Block OKC 2013 was a one-day event in the Farmer’s Market District on May 4, 2013. Better Block OKC is presented by the Urban Land Institute of Oklahoma, and is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life.
Walk a Mile in My Shoes is a on-mile walk around the Bricktown Ballpark to raise awareness about the foster care issue in Oklahoma, and what we all can do about it. Nearly 2,500 people showed up for the walk, which was on April 27th, 2013.
On April 25th, local leaders from non-profits, businesses, churches, the social sector, and all walks of life came together for a critical conversation about the foster care crisis in Oklahoma. This was the third annual forum hosted by the 111Project. www.111project.org.
Better Block OKC is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. A group of OU Big Event volunteers spent a day volunteering at the Farmer’s Market district in OKC to help prepare the location for Better Block’s upcoming event on May 4th, 2013.