Home and community education groups volunteer across Oklahoma

Help for children, seniors, the military and disabled Oklahomans are among OHCE projects.
BY GALE GOODNER Published: May 5, 2012
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Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups throughout the state will celebrate May 6-12 as OHCE Week.

Thousands of Oklahomans from every county in the state are active in Oklahoma Home and Community Education, which celebrates its 77th anniversary this year.

OHCE focuses on community service and educational opportunities for Oklahomans. Hundreds of groups participate in all kinds of service projects, including programs that help youth, seniors, the military, the disabled and even the unemployed.

“OHCE group members contribute countless volunteer hours in our communities every year,” said LaDonna Dunlop, adviser for the Oklahoma County program and director of the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. “Our overall goal is to increase the quality of living for all of our citizens, and we do that through a variety of ways.”

Statewide initiatives for the group include the “Support for Military Families” program and “Water for All,” which is an international effort to improve water availability to underdeveloped communities.

“Another strong area of commitment for OHCE is our drive for literacy, especially among our youth,” Dunlop said. “Our mission has always been to educate our members and others in our communities so that we can be well-informed and able to adapt to change.”

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