(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City awarded $104,000 in grants to 15 non-profit organizations across the state with diverse programs benefiting children. Grants were awarded Nov. 20 at a luncheon at the Ronald McDonald House® in Oklahoma City.
The following grants were awarded:
- $20,000 to The Children’s Hospital for the development of closed circuit television to provide programming allowing children who cannot leave their rooms to be included in activities and to educate families about in house resources at The Children’s Hospital.
- $15,000 to Children’s Hospital Foundation for Children's Hospital Foundation family dinners that are catered and served by volunteers, creating a “get away” evening to meet new people and ease the fears of hospitalization.
- $8,000 to NewView Oklahoma, Inc. to support direct costs (room & board and transportation) for NewView’s summer camp for visually impaired youth serving ages eight to18 years old.
- $7,500 to Hearts for Hearing to fund Jump Start to Listening and fit hearing aids and provide the necessary programs and services for newly diagnosed babies as early as two to three weeks of life.
- $5,000 to Ally’s House to fund Camp Live-A-Dream, a camp forOklahomapediatric cancer patients.
- $5,000 to Calm Waters to fund the purchase of group supplies and materials to be used by grieving children and their families during group sessions at the center in metro area schools.
- $5,000 to Christmas Connection, Inc. for funds for Christmas Shopping Days to purchase new coats for children living in poverty for Christmas.
- $5,000 to Citizens Caring for Children to purchase clothing for theResourceCenter.
- $5,000 to City Care Inc./Whiz KidsOklahomato purchase curriculum and manipulatives to be distributed at the 29 Whiz Kids sites.
- $5,000 to Easter Seals Oklahoma, Inc. for the preschool peer integration program for children ages two to six who have delays, disabilities or challenging behaviors in an inclusive environment where typical children serve as role models.
- $5,000 toHarmonyPublic Schoolto fund the Read and Succeed program and provide reading material in theLowerElementaryBuilding.
- $5,000 to Salvation ArmyCentral OklahomaArea Command Women’s Auxiliary to purchase new bikes for children for families in need through Buck$ 4 Bikes.
- $5,000 to Sunbeam Family Services to purchase translation headsets for Oklahoma City Educare to better communicate with Spanish speaking families.
- $5,000 to White Fields to support the White Fields therapy program which ensures the healing of abused and neglected boys.
- $3,500 to Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Center, Inc. to fund computer labs for a girls group home, an emergency youth shelter and a program for youth suspended from school.
"This grant will help Citizens Caring for Children purchase clothing and toiletries for children in foster care inOklahoma," said April Rutledge director of development and communications of Citizens Caring for Children. "Children are often placed with a foster family with nothing but the clothing they have on, so we provide clothing, books, sleep clothes and toiletries. Last year we served more than 4,000 children."
Organizations eligible to receive a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City must fill-out an application and have a specific program that directly improves the health and well-being of children from birth to 21 years. The program must have a long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, address a funding gap or critical opportunity and produce measurable results.
"We are privileged to work with these incredible organizations to provide funding for programs that will impact thousands of children and families across the state ofOklahoma,” saidSusan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. "Since 2003 the Charity has awarded more than $670,000 in grants to organizations based inOklahomadedicated to improving the health and well-being of children."
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charitiesof Oklahoma City grants program, please call (405) 424-6873 or visit www.rmhcokc.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Roomlocated inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.