10 Nonprofits to Know in OKC
The Comeback Kid Society
The Comeback Kid Society (CKS), a 501C3 nonprofit, provides free mentoring programs for at-risk youth in partnership with local institutions. CKS aims to uncover potential, nurture greatness, and guide youth toward their true purpose. Through weekly tailored activities, mentors help with communication, life skills, leadership, budgeting, job preparation, and parenting skills. CKS believes in breaking cycles of trauma, abuse, addiction, and incarceration by empowering young people, positively impacting families, schools, and communities. The organization invites individuals to join the transformative journey and emphasizes inclusivity without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or military status.
Sasquatch Shaved Ice
Sasquatch Shaved Ice, a unique nonprofit in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City, goes beyond the typical snow cone stand. Devoted to empowering youth, they offer financial literacy and college prep courses to their employees. Every dollar saved by employees is matched, supporting their pursuit of higher education, transportation, and life-enriching opportunities. Sasquatch Shaved Ice is not just a treat; it's a tasty way to pave the path toward work, education, and financial stability for the youth in Oklahoma City.
Period OKC, founded by Jen Green in February 2021, began as a project to supply tampons to those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. It has since evolved into a 501c3 foundation dedicated to combating period poverty. With the addition of Linley Faye Smith, Period OKC operates as a grassroots effort funded by community donations of cash and menstrual products, which are provided at no cost to those in need. Co-directors Jen and Linley have organized product drives, raised funds, and delivered over 100 packages of pads, tampons, and cups to more than 65 locations in the OKC metro during their first year.
OKCity Crisis Nursery
The OkCity Crisis Nursery is a vital resource partnering with parents and caregivers in Oklahoma to prevent child abuse and neglect. Operating 24/7, it provides emergency care for children during crises, with no fees for families. Recognizing the absence of a support system for everyone, the Nursery aims to shield children from exposure to violence, stressful situations, and unfit caregivers. Beyond childcare, the Nursery equips families with essential items like clothing, diapers, formula, and car seats during emergency situations, emphasizing a holistic approach to family support.
Let's Fix This
Let's Fix This has a mission to engage and empower underrepresented communities, aiming to build sustainable people power that removes barriers to civic participation and influences policy-making. Their vision is centered on achieving full participation and representation in Oklahoma civic life, with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects.
Pets & People Humane Society
Pets & People, a volunteer-based group, is dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from local municipal shelters. Established in 1993, they have successfully vetted, vaccinated, microchipped, tested for diseases, provided preventative medications, and spayed or neutered over 55,000 pets. Operating as Pets & People Humane Society, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, they rescue adoptable cats and dogs from municipal animal control facilities across Oklahoma, preventing euthanasia. The society offers a safe haven for these pets until they find responsible, loving homes, contributing to the effort to end the cycle of homelessness in pets.
The Homeless Alliance
The Homeless Alliance runs a comprehensive homeless resource campus, featuring various nonprofit and government agencies providing health clinics, veterans services, budgeting, legal assistance, and more. The campus includes Oklahoma City's sole low-barrier Day Shelter, offering meals, showers, mail service, lockers, phones, computers, a pet kennel, and access to classes. Additionally, the organization conducts street outreach and operates four low-barrier employment programs. Their primary goal is to transition individuals off the streets into secure homes, with diverse housing programs catering to families, veterans, victims of domestic violence, those exiting the justice system, people with HIV, and the chronically homeless. Proudly partnering with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Homeless Alliance is committed to creating a safer and more stable environment for those experiencing homelessness.
Loveworks Leadership is a dynamic nonprofit in Oklahoma City dedicated to nurturing young leaders. Through mentorship programs and innovative activities, Loveworks empowers youth to discover their potential, develop leadership skills, and make positive contributions to their communities. By partnering with local schools, the organization strives to create a supportive environment that guides young individuals toward becoming compassionate, responsible, and confident leaders. Loveworks Leadership is committed to unlocking the untapped potential in every young person, building a brighter future, and fostering positive change within the community.
ReMerge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to restore mothers and families through a comprehensive pre-trial diversion program. Targeting high-risk, high-needs mothers facing non-violent felony offenses in Oklahoma County, ReMerge is dedicated to rehabilitating women, reuniting them with their families, and contributing to the community. As a model for rehabilitation, ReMerge aims to address Oklahoma's high rate of female incarceration and exemplify the transformative power of their diversion program.
Infant Crisis Services
Infant Crisis Services offers essential support for families with young children, providing formula, diapers, blankets, clothing, and more. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (405) 528-3663, and services are available four times a year for children aged birth to 3 years. Depending on item availability, families may receive a one-week supply of diapers, formula, toddler food, a bottle or sippy cup, and a pack of wipes.
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