Featured Nonprofits

WATERisLIFE helps with the water crisis

By Laura Gamble | May 18, 2021

WATERisLIFE was founded by Ken Surritte, who came up with the idea while he was standing in the shower in Nairobi. He had just returned from a visit to a remote village in the desert region of northern Kenya. The people lived in huts made from sticks and trash that had been left on the road. The…

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Rescuing and caring for animals

By Laura Gamble | April 20, 2021

I recently had the opportunity to meet Macie the Office Dog at Free To Live Animal Sanctuary via Zoom. Macie is a pit bull mix who was adopted from Free To Live when she was a puppy. Because she is such a sensitive soul, she had a hard time getting along with a new dog…

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Arise Ministries helps single mothers

By Laura Gamble | March 16, 2021

Did you know that the largest demographic group in the United States is that of single mothers? According to Pam Kanaly, co-founder of Arise Ministries, it is, and it is growing. Pam is a humble spitfire with a true passion for bringing healing and help to single mothers worldwide, perhaps because she experienced the difficulties…

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Edmond Historical Society and Museum is world-class

By Laura Gamble | February 16, 2021

Edmond has its own world-class museum with over forty-one thousand artifacts in its collection, the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. This historical gem is located in the old National Guard Armory at 431 South Boulevard. The native sandstone building was built in 1936 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The…

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Keystone Adventure School and Farm provides a unique learning experience

By Laura Gamble | January 19, 2021

Nestled in the trees on fifteen acres at 192nd and North Western is a truly magical place. A place where children play, care for animals, enjoy music and art, are encouraged to learn, Keystone Adventure School and Farm is a totally unique learning experience for children. Keystone was founded in 2004 by three long-time educators,…

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Turning Point Ministries offers a “hand up”

By Laura Gamble | December 15, 2020

Started in 2008 as a ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Turning Point Ministries has evolved into an independent, faith-based non-profit organization serving hard-working, modest income families build a home in Edmond. Turning Point refers to itself as a “hand up” not “hand out” ministry. Clients are required to participate in the building of…

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Project 66 Food and Resource Center is more than a food bank

By Laura Gamble | November 3, 2020

This year has been challenging for everyone, and Project 66 is here to help. Founded in 2010 by five women in Arcadia, Project 66 has grown from serving around 5,000 people to over 20,000 in 2019, and they have served almost double the number of families this year over last year. This year they have…

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U R Special exists to boost self-esteem of children

By Laura Gamble | October 6, 2020

Most kids really do like to receive new clothes for school and the holidays, even though they may not seem too excited when opening that gift of clothes on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, for the “invisible poor” families living in Edmond, supplying new clothes for their children isn’t always possible. That’s where U R Special can…

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Anna’s House Foundation helps children in Oklahoma County

By Laura Gamble | September 1, 2020

At the end of the 2019-20 state fiscal year, there were more than 8,600 children in foster care in Oklahoma.  Some of the hardest to place are those in sibling groups.  Anna’s House Foundation is a faith-based organization whose mission is to provide immediate, stable, and loving homes for Oklahoma County’s children in state custody.…

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HOPE Center of Edmond continues to assist those in need

By Laura Gamble | August 4, 2020

In 2005, Chris Sperry became the CEO of HOPE Center of Edmond.  She had volunteered at the center for several years before that, helping clients with basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter, and she loved it.  When presented with the opportunity to become CEO, she enthusiastically accepted the job because “Working with people is…

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