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.
Crossings Community Center hosts quarterly community nights. The Summer back to school edition served over 700 of community neighbors, who came to hang out, eat hot dogs, enjoy some water sports, and get a haircut and a sports physical before going back to school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.”
“How I See OKC” is a collaboration between The Curbside Chronicle and Upward Transitions that pairs local professional photographers with Curbside vendors and friends who are experiencing homelessness. The pictures seek to open people’s eyes to what the homeless see on a daily basis, as well as share parts of their stories.
Speaking to the national strife and conflict around race, Dr. John Perkins brought a message of unity and reconcilitation when he addressed a diverse congregation in Oklahoma City at the first annual Reconciliation Unity Service
John was born into Mississippi poverty in 1930. After overcoming the seemingly impassible barriers of being black in the segregated South, Dr. Perkins had moved to California to escape the oppression of Mississippi’s closed society. In 1957, Dr. Perkins wdr john perkinsas converted to Christianity and after three years of discipleship, he was called back to the struggle of his home state of Mississippi. Since then, Dr. Perkins has lived the last 54 years engaged in the work of developing our world’s most troubling cities. His faithfulness to loving God and loving his worldwide neighbors has been recognized by eleven honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Perkins has personally advised three U.S. presidents, has participated in writing 14 books, and founded the internationally known organization and movement, the Christian Community Development Association. With all these accolades, Dr. Perkins’ pride comes from his 62-year marriage to his wife, Vera Mae.
Open Streets OKC is a local health and wellness project. At Open Streets, they believe active transportation–like biking or walking from point A to B–promotes healthier residents with closer ties to their community. Open Streets events reclaim part of a busy street for a few hours for non-motorized activity. Everyone attending is invited to walk, bike, skate or board while they meet local business owners and celebrate the unique charm of a historic Oklahoma City neighborhood.
The second annual Open Streets OKC event took place on Uptown NW 23rd St. on March 22, 2015. It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 OKC residents showed up to the event.
There will be another Open Streets event in South OKC in the fall. You can find out more at www.openstreetsokc.com
Q Commons gathers local and global thought leaders to consider what it looks like to advance the common good of our cities and communities.The event takes place on the same night in more than 65 cities, with more than 10,000 participants. The OKC event convened at Sandridge Energy on February 26th, 2015, and was an encouraging night for the life of our city.
More about Q Commons:
Q was birthed out of Gabe Lyons’ vision to see Christians recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures. In a culture where Christians are known more by what they are against than what they are for, Q educates people to stay curious, think well and advance good. Inspired by Chuck Colson’s statement, “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals,” Gabe set out to reintroduce Christians to what had seemed missing in recent decades from an American expression of Christian faithfulness; valuing both personal and cultural renewal, not one over the other. Re-educating Christians to this orthodox and unifying concept has become central to the vision of Q. For more information visit QIdeas.org/about
The Dream Together Essay & Art Contest was open to K-12 students in Northeast Oklahoma City, with the goal of asking children to dream about building a better future for their community. Buy for Less and Shiloh Camp sponsored the contest and recently held a celebration for the winners at the community center building next to the Buy for Less on NE 23rd St. & MLK in OKC.
We loved taking part in covering this event. It was truly inspiring to hear what these young people are dreaming for our community!
The winners received cash prizes, as well as other awards.