As organizations across the United States grapple with their response to COVID-19, the nonprofit community in Oklahoma City is no exception. Spring in Oklahoma City was prime time for events and fundraisers that benefit our philanthropic groups, many of which have canceled or rescheduled for the fall. (Check out a list of postponed events from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.)
Since these events were a critical piece of nonprofit funding, we here at The Better Life HQ thought it might be nice to spread the love to the organizations doing so much for Oklahoma City residents. Did we miss a nonprofit that needs our love? Let us know in the comments!
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief nonprofit, serving 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. The organization had to cancel its annual Chef’s Feast, originally scheduled for this month.
Now without its fundraiser and more and more Oklahomans are impacted by COVID-19, RFBO is experiencing an increased demand for its services. Individuals and organizations wishing to make a donation to assist with the Regional Food Bank’s response to the COVID-19 virus and help fight hunger, please donate at rfbo.org/give.
Anyone in need of food assistance should visit rfbo.org/get-help or call 405-972-1111.
United Way of Central Oklahoma
United Way of Central Oklahoma established a COVID-19 Response Fund dedicated to increasing resilience among our most vulnerable individuals and families. Donations will be used to address the needs of those individuals who are experiencing hardship primarily due to temporary unemployment, lost income or unexpected expenses related and due to COVID-19. Donate online.
Pivot, a nonprofit that works with youth experiencing instability in their lives, rescheduled an event benefiting their mission until later this year. You can support their youth-driven, strengths based, trauma-responsive approach to empowering youth to transition into self-sufficient adults by donating online here.
Many people have chosen to self-isolate and remain home so that we can flatten the COVID-19 curve (thank you!), but what if your home is not a safe place to be? The YWCA of Oklahoma City engages in those situations to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to make sure all OKC residents can feel safe in their own home. While their annual Reduce the Odds fundraiser has been postponed, you can support their life-saving work here.
During times of crisis, Oklahomans are known for their ability to act with compassion for their neighbor. If you have the resources during this time, please consider donating to nonprofits in our community who are helping all residents stay healthy and hopeful during this time. Please let us know of other organizations that might need our support in the comments!