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The Great Idea Challenge: Great Ideas for a Greater Community

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Calling all visionaries! Do you have a bold and innovative idea that you believe could empower and transform our community?

With our 50th anniversary on the horizon, we are excited to introduce The Great Idea Challenge, seeking innovative ideas that will impact our community throughout the next 50 years.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award grants of $150,000-$200,000 to support Great Ideas for a Greater Community: projects that will connect resources, plant seeds, leverage assets or launch ventures that are new to Oklahoma City and central Oklahoma. The application process will take place during 2018, with grants awarded and implemented beginning 2019.

RSVP for one of three informational meetings below to learn more:

The Great Idea Challenge Informational Meetings
Tuesday, Mar. 6 | 3 p.m.
Oklahoma City Community Foundation, 1000 N. Broadway

Tuesday, Mar. 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd St.

Thursday, Mar. 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker Ave.

Please contact GreatIdea@occf.org with any questions.

Grants Help Provide Warm Meals to Homebound Elderly

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $65,400 to 57 Central Oklahoma Mobile Meal Providers

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A mobile meals volunteer prepares meals for delivery

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is providing warm meals to homebound elderly citizens this winter through $56,600 in grants to Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County and 54 churches that prepare and deliver meals. In addition, grants were awarded to Edmond Mobile Meals and Meals on Wheels of Norman for $4,400 each.

Since 2008, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s support of Mobile Meals programs in central Oklahoma has grown, awarding nearly $325,000 in the past decade. As the aging population continues to grow, the need for elderly support from Mobile Meals programs also increases, making the nearly 60 percent in increased support from the Community Foundation this year all the more valuable.

“We have had a rough couple of years between the state budget crisis and churches closing, which has really limited our ability to serve this vulnerable population,” said Allen Johnson project director at Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County. “The grants from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation came through at the best possible time allowing the churches to expand their services so they can serve as many people as possible.”

By providing caring, personal contact and nourishing meals, hardworking volunteers at churches and other organizations help Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County serve more than 1,000 metropolitan area seniors age 60 and older who are unable to prepare their own food. Edmond Mobile Meals provides more than 1,000 meals per week and the Norman Meals on Wheels program serves more than 300 clients a day.

“Mobile Meals provides a lifeline to homebound elderly allowing them to remain independent and in their homes when options are limited,” says Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This year, thanks to generous contributions from an anonymous donor, we were able to increase our support of this vital program.”

Grants were awarded to the following churches that provide meals through Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County:

All Souls’ Episcopal Church
Britton Road Church of Christ
Calvin Church Friends
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
The Christ Experience
Choctaw First United Methodist Church
Church of the Living God
Church of the Living God
Church of the Savior
Church of the Servant Methodist Church
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
Countryside Baptist Church
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Crossings Community Church
Crown heights Christian Church
Crown Heights United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
First Baptist Church of Choctaw
First Baptist Church of Bethany
First Christian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Grace United Methodist Church
Greater Cleaves Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Greater New Bethlehem Temple
Hillcrest Christain Church
Linwood United Methodist Church
Mayflower Congregational Church
Messiah Lutheran Church
Metropolitan Baptist Church
Mosaic United Methodist Church
New Covenant Christian Church
Nicoma Park Christian Church
Northeast Church of Christ
Oakcrest Church of Christ
Paradise Baptist Church
Putnam City Christian Church
Putnam City United Methodist Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church
South Lindsay Baptist Church
Southern Hills United Methodist Church
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
St. Eugene’s Catholic Church
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
St. Mary’s Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Trinity Church of the Nazarene
Village United Methodist Church
Wesley United Methodist Church
Western Oaks Christian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church