The ORU Report: Mar. 24 | OEC News

Learn about the organizations making a difference with OEC Foundation’s support.

At the February meeting, the OEC Foundation, Inc. board approved nearly $40,000 for organizations and individuals.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma received $10,000 for microwave-based cooking classes for teens and adults with Down syndrome. The classes are meant to teach and encourage independent living skills while having fun and making friends.

“The kitchen is not just about cooking,” said OEC Foundation Director Lisa Todd. “The attendees learn to be self-sufficient when making meals at home, follow directions, do math while measuring ingredients and so much more.”

Little Axe American Legion Post 274 received $5,000 for a new electrical panel and building maintenance upgrades. Follow their Facebook page for announcements on their monthly fish fry, bingo games, flea market Trade Days and other events benefiting the community.

The Noble Police Department requested support for their canine officer program and received $4,000. NPD’s former canine officer retired in 2022 due to old age. Their new canine will be trained in narcotic detection, patrol work, and human tracking of missing children, older adults and fugitives.

Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity, previously known as the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity, received $10,000 for their homeownership program. Funds will be used for land acquisition and development, construction materials, labor and infrastructure.

“We are truly honored to be considered for this grant and sincerely appreciate OEC Foundation’s role in supporting our shared vision for vibrant, thriving communities,” said Elle Shroyer, VP of Donor and Community Engagement.

Cut It Forward received $5,000 for Curl Shop, a new initiative to bridge the gap in accessing culturally specific hair and skincare resources for foster and adopted children of color and their caregivers.

“Curl Shop empowers families to nurture their unique cultural identities while enhancing well-being and self-confidence,” explained Executive Director Angela Hein.

Individual applications included five medical requests for vision and dental care totaling $2,169, two apartment setups for clients leaving assisted living totaling $1,000, $250 for clothing needs and $2,000 for a family recovering from an apartment fire.

For those seeking assistance or wishing to apply for ORU grants, the applications are readily available at okcoop.org/oru. Individuals can contact Tory Tedder- Loffland at ORU@okcoop.org or (405) 217-6726 for further inquiries.

Applications received by March 18 will be reviewed at the April 4 meeting.

*CORRECTION: We incorrectly attributed a quote about South Central CASA of Oklahoma last month. While the quote is correct, it should be attributed to Sherri Marsico, who has served as executive director for two years. We apologize for the error.

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