Palomar : Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center | Grand Opening & Dedication

On Thursday February 2, 2017, Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center was officially launched in a Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony put on by and tThe Oklahoma City Family Justice Center and the City of Oklahoma City.

At the event, city, civic, nonprofit and business leaders celebrated the opening of the collaborative center that will provide services to victims of abuse.

Oklahoma City Family Justice Center is a collaborative model that connects community agencies in one location to serve individuals and families that have been affected by violence, while working to promote the message of resilience and hope. This is a “one stop shop” where victims have access to services and advocacy in one location at no cost them. Bringing the community together to support individuals and families that have been impacted by violence is out goal. (quoted from Palomar’s Facebook page).

For more information, visit palomarokc.org 

 

 

Rebuilding Together OKC | “Stone Soup” Community Agency Lunch

Rebuilding Together OKC, Cathy Keating, Fields and Futures, and Heronville Elementary School hosted a community lunch event on Feb 1, 2017. The purpose of the lunch was to recruit nonprofits and social service agencies to take part in the community agency fair at Heronville Elementary on April 8, 2017, as a part of Rebuilding Together’s Rebuilding Day in the community.

If your agency would like to be a part of the agency fair on April 8th, email : contact@rebuildingtogetherokc.org

 

Teach for America Oklahoma City | TFA Tuesday Education Workshop in NE OKC

 

This video highlights one of three Teach For America • Oklahoma City “TFA Tuesday” community workshop events where participants worked to create a collective vision for the hopes they have for education in Central Oklahoma.

The January 31st event at Mt. Triumph Church in NE OKC was a space to gather, collaborate and work, across Teach for America’s network of staff, faculty, families, and community leaders.

for more information visit : https://oklahomacity.teachforamerica.org/

Who is My Neighbor? | Community Forum on Immigration

 

On January 22, 2017, FaithWorks of the Inner City hosted this community event to help people hear, learn, and pray about our current immigration crisis, and specifically how it affects some of the youth in our community. The goal of the event was to establish a concrete biblical response to our immigration issues.

If you want to be involved in the next step of the conversation, there is a prayer March called “El Camino del Inmigrante OKC” on March 4th. Look on FaithWorks Facebook page for more details.

For more information about the details discussed at the event, visit: The Evangelical Immigration Table

Pack the Stands for NW Classen | Tailgate & Football Game | Rally for Schools

On October 6th, 2016, community members joined together to rally for the Northwest Classen Knights student athletes. Before a home football game, students from all the sports took part in a tailgate party with the community, with the hope of launching relationships between student athletes, coaches, and community partners.

If you’d like to support a a team in the community, visit rally4schools.com

The Amazing ServeOK Race

On Septemner 23rd, 2016, ServeOK hosted their first Amazing ServeOK race, which was a fundraiser and awareness event that led participants to various non-profit locations across the greater OKC metro area to earn clues to the next location, and ultimately become more aware of service opportunities in the city.

For more information, visit ServeOk.org

Rally for Northwest Classen Community Leader Meeting | Rally for Schools

Leaders from around the community met at Northwest Classen High School on September 7th, to discuss how the community could rally around the athletics teams at the school.

Our brief video gives an overview of the initiative, and has details about the upcoming “Pack the Stands for Northwest Classen” tailgate event on October 6th.

If you’d like to support a a team in the community, visit rally4schools.com

Emancipatory Education Conference 2016 | Odyssey Leadership Academy

The Emancipatory Education Conference was hosted by Odyssey Leadership Academy. The purpose of this conference was to curate a conversation around the idea of emancipatory education. It was a convening space for dynamic and innovative educational leaders, practitioners, and partners to engage in relational dialogue about the role education should play in emancipating leadership, classrooms, and communities.

Visit  http://www.emancipatoryconferences.com/ for information about future conferences.

 

oNE OKC 2016 | A Northeast Renaissance

On April 30th, 2016 the inaugural oNE OKC event showcased the vibrant, economically and culturally rich vision of the future Northeast OKC, engaged current and future community residents and organizations, and created positive energy and awareness around the Northeast Renaissance.

This vibrant block party event featured performances, a community mural, a food truck park, pop-up vendors, a kids zone, wellness zone, education zone, and exhibits of Northeast’s past, present, and future.

We had so much fun covering the event, and are looking forward to helping share the story of Northeast OKC’s resurgence.

If you’d like to know more about the upcoming 2017 event, visit http://www.oneokc.net/

 

Rebuilding Day 2016 | Rebuilding Together OKC

 

Annually, Rebuilding Together OKC hosts a one-day city wide build called “Rebuilding Day.” On Rebuilding Day 2016, 1,500 volunteers from local businesses, churches, corporations, hospitals, etc. joined together to provide free home repairs on 28 different houses for senior citizens living across the Oklahoma City metro.

It was an inspirational event, and we were so happy to be there to help share it! Here are some of the stories we captured that day.

 

Good Neighbor Awards 2015 | The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma

 

The Good Neighbor Awards are The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma’s way of showing appreciation for those citizens among us doing the often thankless work of keeping our neighborhoods safe, beautiful, and healthy. The awards recognize the individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods who go above and beyond to create  great neighborhoods throughout Central Oklahoma.

This short story gives an overview of the event, and highlights the work of Neighborhood Alliance’s partnerships all over the city.

To see the finalists and winners for 2015, visit : The Neighborhood Alliance

Parks in Focus & Positive Tomorrows | Arcadia Lake Education & Photography Outing

 

Parks in Focus introduces middle school youth to the wonders of nature and the joys of outdoor exploration through the medium of a camera’s lens , and Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. The two organizations partner to give students from Positive Tomorrows outdoor exploration experiences.

This story focuses on a trip they took to Arcadia Lake Conservation Education Area for fishing and photography.

To find out more about each organization, please visit their websites:

Parks in Focus

Positive Tomorrows

Odyssey Leadership Academy | Fall Presentations of Learning

 

Odyssey Leadership Academy is a new school in downtown Oklahoma City. At the end of each 8-week course, they host public Presentations of Learning, where their students can display, perform, and highlight what they learned.

The Fall 2015 course focused on Racial Reconciliation. We put together this short video about OLA’s Presentations of Learning on Racial Reconciliation.

OLA’s mission is to focus on identity formation, virtue development, and the pursuit of compassion and wisdom through constructive mentoring relationships, transformative curriculum, and real-world experiences that help students grapple with what it means to be architects of repair in the world.

For more information you can visit Odyssey Leadership Academy’s website. 

 

Neighbors Night Out 2015 | The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma

Neighbors Night Out is a city-wide block party. Hosted by Neighborhood Alliance, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma City Fire Department, Waste Management and local Target Stores, thousands of OKC Metro Area citizens show up to celebrate at Neighbors Night Out events in their neighborhoods.

According to the Neighborhood Alliance, neighborhood events can range from something as simple as a porch vigil – encouraging neighbors to sit and socialize on their porch or front yard – to fully-catered affairs with bounce houses and hundreds of attendees. Regardless of size, these events are an opportunity for you, your neighbors and local businesses to forge relationships and build community.

We put together this short video about Neighbors Night out in September of 2015. For more information about hosting a Neighbors Night Out next year, visit: The Neighborhood Alliance

Hearts for Hearing | New Facility Groundbreaking

Hearts for Hearing creates life-changing opportunities for children and adults with hearing loss to listen for a lifetime. They have seen exponential growth over the last few years, and are building a new facility to expand the reach of their life-changing services to all of Oklahoma and beyond.

We went to their groundbreaking event and put together this community story about what they do, and how this new facility will help them expand the reach of their programs.

You can find out more at  heartsforhearing.org

 

LOVE OKC One Day 2015

For their fourth annual ONE DAY event, LOVE OKC partnered with local businesses, agencies, churches and individuals to provide tangible hope to children, families, individuals, and the elderly struggling within our community.  On this day, they provided groceries, health services, community service connections, lunch, live entertainment, haircuts, family portraits, and activities for children.  All goods and services were free on the day of the outreach.

More info at www.loveokc.com

This is the third year in a row that OKC GOOD has covered  the LOVE OKC  ONE DAY event. We love being able to share the stories coming from this event. If you’d like to see our previous LOVE OKC videos, we’ve posted them below:

Mobile Barbershop OKC Launch Party

The Mobile Barbershop OKC is an initiative being launched by Bruce Waight and Vanessa Morrison. This short video explains that their project is about, and was made at their official launch party on the roof of the Allied Arts buidling on June 29, 2015.

The following details about The Mobile Barbershop Initiative are from their Go Fund Me Page:

“The mobile barbershop is an opportunity to preserve, leverage, and share black barbershop space with all – including the people who have trouble accessing it the most. We sought out this solution by simply observing and listening to the day-to-day struggles that my clients face when trying to get to the shop. From physical disabilities, to heavy reliance on public transportation, to being displaced in the community; many individuals face several obstacles and barriers when trying to get to me. The people we’ve met and the stories we’ve heard are a testimony that black barbershops are more than just a place to get a cut and shave; they are important, safe spaces where interaction is initiated, mentorship is accessible, oral history is shared, and culture all coexist.”

You can find out more from their Tumblr site, and contribute to their campaign here.