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OCCF Grants Support Nutrition, Healthy Living Among Seniors

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has awarded $214,000 in grants to support programs helping central Oklahoma senior citizens living independently this winter.

Community Foundation donors have long since focused their charitable giving on serving the elderly population in central Oklahoma, and the Foundation has helped strengthen donor giving by establishing grant programs to financially support local churches, nonprofit service agencies and civic organizations that help seniors stay in their own homes.

With the vulnerability of the senior population continuing to increase in 2020, the Community Foundation feels it is now more important than ever to step up and help.

“This year has been challenging for most of us, but it has been particularly difficult for homebound seniors, who rely on services that provide access to health care, nutrition, recreation and interaction with others,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation president. “We are grateful for our donors, who give the resources to support essential care for the most vulnerable among us.”

Earlier this year, the Community Foundation’s 2020 Disaster Relief Fund awarded $80,000 in grants to organizations serving senior citizens. Grants include:

  • $20,000 to help the Metropolitan Better Living Center deliver food and other at-home services to the homes of elderly clients.
  • $35,000 to help Sunbeam Family Services work with senior citizens, especially those experiencing homelessness.
  • $25,000 to help Skyline Urban Ministry provide food and community support for seniors through a daily nutrition program.

The Community Foundation also provided $72,500 in special interest grants to support organizational services that are crucial for seniors to remain living in their own homes. The iFund Services for the Elderly grants include:

  • $15,000 to help Daily Living Centers provide transportation to seniors at the Jeltz Senior Center, a low-income senior housing complex.
  • $15,000 to help Oklahoma City Ballet offer its Golden Swans program, providing senior ballet and dance classes to help with balance, flexibility, and cognitive function.
  • $15,000 to help Rebuilding Together OKC purchase materials for building handicap access ramps.
  • $2,500 to help RIVERSPORT Foundation support a dragon boat league for seniors, providing physical exercise, socialization and rewarding experiences.
  • $20,000 to help The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Command purchase furniture and other household items for low-income seniors who live independently.
  • $5,000 to support Villages OKC provide its Porch Pals program, which delivers plants and flowers to seniors as well as conversation and interaction at a safe distance.

Through the Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City program, the Community Foundation granted $51,900 to 41 area churches and organizations that prepare and deliver warm meals to seniors who are unable to leave their homes without assistance or prepare meals due to health limitations. In addition, Meals on Wheels of Norman and Edmond Mobile Meals each received $5,000 grants to support the elderly.

“Senior hunger has unfortunately been a major issue in Oklahoma County for years. The pandemic has made it even worse,” said Chris Lambert, director of Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City. “Since March, we’ve added nearly 700 seniors to Meals on Wheels, and our meal deliveries have doubled to more than 16,000 meals each month. The generosity shown by the Community Foundation helps us bring hope to so many who are cut off from their friends, their family, and neighbors.”

Malzahn Family Fund Awards $182,000 to Perry-area Nonprofits

The trustees of the Malzahn Family Affiliated Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation are pouring more financial support into the Noble County community, even in the face of a tough economic year. A total of $182,000 was recently awarded to nine Noble County nonprofits and civic organizations, and another $65,000 in scholarships is now available to Noble County graduating high school seniors.  

Students must submit applications online for the two Malzahn Family Fund scholarship opportunities no later than Mar. 1, 2021. Opportunities include an award up to $5,000 available to high school seniors graduating from Perry, Morrison, Frontier and Billings high schools who plan to enroll in undergraduate studies, and an award up to $3,000 available to graduates or high school seniors graduating from Perry, Morrison, Frontier and Billings high schools who attend or plan to attend a vocational technical school. Interested applicants can learn more at occf.academicworks.com and search by keyword: Noble.

Late Perry residents and Ditch Witch founders Ed and Mary Malzahn established the Malzahn Family Affiliated Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1992 to support their community in perpetuity. Since its establishment, the fund has awarded more than $4.3 million to Noble County nonprofits. In 2019, the family expanded their impact with two scholarship funds supporting students pursuing higher education.

“Not only were Ed and Mary known for their generosity, but they partnered with the community to create impact where it was truly needed,” said Oklahoma City Community Foundation president Nancy Anthony. “Through the Malzahn Family Affiliated Fund, they found a way to continue to support Perry and the surrounding community for a long time.”

Malzahn Family Affiliated Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Cherokee Strip Historical Society | $8,150 to support tree trimming services.
  • Christ Lutheran Church | $11,000 to purchase new playground equipment at the learning center.
  • City of Perry | $3,000 to support the Senior Citizen Center and $37,000 to enhance communication options within the Perry community through a partnership with Chisholm Broadband.
  • Noble County Family YMCA | $39,750 for the development of a collective impact model supporting childcare in Noble County.
  • Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation | $50,000 to support the addition of a splash pad at Lion’s Park.
  • Operation Blessing | $6,700 to purchase a new air conditioning unit.
  • Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation | $15,000 to purchase two new emergency room beds.
  • United Fund of Perry | $10,000 to support their annual fundraising drive.
  • Wheatheart Nutrition Project | $1,500 to support an entertainment and socialization program for Perry seniors.

The Malzahn Family Affiliated Fund invites Perry and Noble County education, civic and charitable organizations to apply for grants quarterly. Interested organizations should email malzahnfamilyfund@occf.org for answers to grant application questions.