Below you will find some local non-profits that are near + dear to my heart.
EWC is a group of women that have come together to raise funds and awareness in addition to volunteering for other non-profit groups in the community. We have four core organizations that we support: Free to Live Animal Sanctuary, Wings OK, Edmond Mobile Meals and UR Special.
U R Special Ministries, Inc. exists to foster self-esteem and healthy lifestyles in needy and at-risk children. We do so by providing new, one-of-a-kind outfits of clothing for the children of Edmond, Oklahoma, and distributing it to them in ways that are celebratory, interactive, and affirming.
My favorite thing about volunteering at UR Special is getting to see the faces of the children that are so excited to pick out a brand new outfit, head to toe. As a child, my favorite part about going back to school was shopping for new clothes. It is so incredible to be able to help out UR Special and be a part of these memories for the children in our community.
Our mission is to provide nourishing meals to elderly and disabled persons who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. The meals and daily contact by caring volunteers allow frail, homebound persons to remain independent and in their own homes.
When I volunteered for Edmond Mobile Meals I realized how many people in our community are homebound for one reason or another. It was a fulfilling experience to know that I was delivering a warm and nutritious, home cooked meal to those citizens. We typically engaged in small talk as well and it brought me great joy to know that we might have made that person’s day by stopping by with a meal and a chat.
Wings exists to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs guided by principles of the Bible.
My first volunteer opportunity with EWC was at the Wings OK Annual Fall Festival. It was amazing to see how Wings OK has such a huge impact in our community. They do so much for adults with disabilities. Wings OK helps these adults to have a purposeful life. They also give them the tools and skills needed to obtain a job and be a part of their community.
Free To Live is a non-profit sanctuary for stray, abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats. It is the largest no-kill sanctuary in Oklahoma. Nearly 100 animals are adopted out to loving homes each year. At the sanctuary, animals that are not adopted live out their lives with healthy food, shelter and medical care.
I personally haven’t had the chance to volunteer with Free to Live just yet, but I can’t wait to help out. Any human that takes the time to rescue and take care of animals that have been abandoned or mistreated is HUGE in my book. It is such a selfless act of kindness that I think we need more of in this world.
The Dragonfly Home is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for survivors of human trafficking in Oklahoma City and throughout Oklahoma.
I met the founders of the Dragonfly Home at a Galentine’s Event in 2020. For the longest time, I wanted to pretend like these horrible things weren’t happening and I didn’t need to help. As time went on, the Dragonfly home kept popping up in my life. I decided to get involved and it is incredible to see the work they are doing in Oklahoma and throughout the country. I’m so happy to have met and to be a part of this organization that is changing people’s lives and giving them a second chance.