Community Investment Grants

2007 Tulsa Recipients

Camp Fire USA Green Country Council, Inc. –
Community Building Clubs

Camp Fire USA created Community Building Clubs to provide a variety of programming aimed at children, youth and families in low-income areas. By providing low- or no-cost programming through paid leadership, Camp Fire provides services to vulnerable populations where few quality youth development opportunities exist. This programming includes pre-K – eighth grade age-level clubs, Community Family Clubs and Teens in Action at a variety of community-based sites.

Child Abuse Network, Inc. –
Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team: Darkness to Light Project

Child Abuse Network provides consultation services for any child involved in a reported case of child abuse. Consultation services include medical evaluations and forensic interviews with the child and mental health services for the entire family to help begin the healing process. The Darkness to Light project educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program also includes informational brochures to reinforce the services available for victims’ families, provide links to appropriate therapeutic services and recommendations to community support programs.

Community Food Band of Eastern Oklahoma –
Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

Studies show that children who experience chronic hunger have lower test scores, a lessened ability to concentrate and more difficulty with social interactions with other students. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is helping to alleviate this critical situation through the Food 4 Kids Program. The program provides a backpack of shelf-stable food each Friday of the school year for children identified by the school as lacking sufficient food for the weekend or school holiday. The program includes 1,500 students at 30 schools in the Tulsa Public Schools district.

Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council, Inc. –
Public Housing Outreach Program

Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council, Inc. helps girls ages 5 – 17 living in 15 different Tulsa Housing Authority Public Housing Communities and other special needs housing. The program provides weekly meetings, led by paid staff, at the public housing facility, plus summer recreational activities and camps. Through this program, the girls are encouraged by adult troop leaders who model positive, responsible behavior. This helps the girls develop better self images and attitudes, helping them to become capable and motivated adults.

John 3:16 Mission –
Summer KIDS Camp

The Summer KIDS Camp is an accelerated, eight-week literacy program for at-risk, inner-city children, grades K-5, who have had difficulty learning to read. Taught by accredited teachers, the program utilizes a highly successful phonics-based curriculum with music as the primary delivery vehicle. The goal is for students to achieve rapid improvement in reading comprehension and spelling skills, bringing each student to his or her respective grade level and higher. At the end of academic instruction, students participate in a graduation ceremony and have the opportunity to attend a 3-day lakeside camp.

Mental Health Association in Tulsa –
SafeTeam

Developed by the Mental Health Association in Tulsa in 1997, SafeTeam is a school-based suicide/violence prevention program focused on creating a culture of safety by putting students first. The entire school community is involved in providing a multi-faceted approach to improving communication and participation in efforts to improve school safety. Through support groups, hotlines and more, SafeTeam creates better communication, increases school safety efforts, enhances mental health awareness, and makes the school community a place where students are safe.

Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic –
Parkside Food Pantry, Youth Program

Poor physical health, which is often related to malnutrition, can exacerbate mental illness and behavioral problems. To help alleviate this burden, Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic provides its patients and their families, who are predominately low-income, with non-perishable food items though its Food Pantry. One out of every three individuals who benefit from the food pantry is under 18. The pantry feeds an average of 135 youth per month. The Food Pantry also distributes nutrition and fitness education materials that encourage families to eat healthier and exercise together.

Sand Springs Community Services –
Back-to-School Project

The Back-to-School Project provides Sand Springs children with back-to-school supplies and clothing items. Students eligible for the program live below the poverty level and qualify for the free lunch program through the Sand Springs, Keystone and Anderson school districts. The project’s goal is for every child to start out “equal” on the first day of school, so each participant receives a $25 school supply voucher and a $35 clothing voucher to purchase back-to-school items. This year, Sand Spring Community Services will be able to assist 512 students with Back-to-School supplies.

The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges –
Adaptive Recreation Services

The Center For Individuals with Physical Challenges serves over 530 children and adults who are mobility-, dexterity-, or sensory-impaired across Oklahoma’s northeastern region. The Adaptive Recreation Services Program allows these individuals increase opportunities for challenging and enriching leisure and recreation experiences. These programs are designed to remove barriers that keep individuals from participating directly in social activities and allow people with physical challenges the opportunity to play, perform and create, rather than merely observing from the sidelines.

The Disabilities Resources Educational Advocacy Motivation (DREAM) Institute –
Academic Assistance Tutoring Program for College Students with Disabilities

Academic Assistance Tutoring Program for College Students with Disabilities is one of three programs designed by The DREAM Institute for Oklahoma students with disabilities. The program provides one-on-one tutoring, in addition to scholarships, mentorship, self advocacy and self determination skill enhancement, academic assistance, and overall inspiration to the chosen students. Through the Academic Assistance program, students who otherwise would never have chosen to continue into postsecondary education will now fulfill their dreams of going to college.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa –
West Mabee Boys and Girls Club After School Program

Located in a high crime, low-income neighborhood in west Tulsa, the West Mabee Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place for youth to complete their schoolwork and practice healthy social interaction with adults and peers. The After School Program provides homework help, tutoring and is designed to engage children in reading, writing, math and computer skill-building activities. The program also offers the Digital Arts suite of self-directed coursework to teach webpage design, photo illustration, music recording and editing, and digital filming and editing. This artwork can be submitted to the annual Digital Arts Festival competitions which recognize outstanding club members.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium –
Cox Connects Students to Science

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium provides area youth the opportunity for a field trip to discover and understand Tulsa’s very rich aerospace history. During this visit, students will experience math, science, and technology through educational tours and hands-on activities at the museum and participate in a state-of-the-art solar system adventure in the planetarium designed to stimulate young minds. Nearly 1,300 public schools students will participate in the program during the 2007/2008 school year.

Tulsa Kiwanis Club Foundation –
Child Spree

Since 2001, the Downtown Kiwanis Club has sponsored Child Spree, a back-to-school shopping event for underprivileged elementary students. Each year, the Downtown Kiwanis Club takes a group of children identified by Big Brother and Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Hoover Elementary and Restore Hope Ministries to a local store to purchase $100 worth of school-approved clothing and shoes. After shopping, each student is provided with a new backpack full of school supplies. This year, more than 60 children will participate in the program.

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust –
Young at Art Scholarship Program

For more than 20 years, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC) Trust has presented a series of plays and musicals designed for audiences from pre-K to fifth grade. As part of the Young at Art Scholarship Program, Title One Tulsa Public Elementary Schools are given free tickets and transportation to professional children’s theatre productions at the Tulsa PAC. This year, the Tulsa PAC Trust plans to increase the number of tickets given to area Title One schools, plus donate a copy of the book on which the play or musical is based to each participating school library. This way, children can not only read, but also see, hear and experience a story in more than one artistic form.

William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center –
Empowering Parents for their Children

The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services to abused children and their families. The organization offers counseling, medical evaluations and education to families. The Family Empowerment and Education program offers classes for the non-offending parents of sexually abused children, including educational and resource information during crisis intervention, which are key for the abused child’s recovery. The program gives parents the skills, resource knowledge and understanding that will enable the family to heal from the trauma of child abuse.

YWCA of Tulsa –
TechGYRLS

The TechGYRLS program promotes future self-sufficiency among economically disadvantaged girls, ages 9-13, by increasing their knowledge, skills, confidence and interest in the use of technology, and promoting their entry into technology-related academic and professional pursuits. TechGYRLS participants receive hands-on learning experiences with computer animation and robotics, and interaction with female mentors who are working in technology fields and/or pursuing technology-related degrees. The YWCA of Tulsa offers the program in three, twelve-week cycles per year at the Cox Communications’ Technology Resource Center in the YWCA North Center.