Infant Crisis Services is the latest entity to benefit from Oklahoma City's recognition for being a good place for young people.
America's Promise Alliance, a Washington-based nonprofit, once again is recognizing Oklahoma City as one of its 100 Best Communities for Young People, and the recognition comes with a $2,500 grant. Infant Crisis Services will receive the money if the Oklahoma City Council votes Tuesday to accept it as expected.
Oklahoma City has been recognized six times; each time America's Promise has compiled the list. The list recognizes communities that have efforts across several spectra to better the lives and opportunities for young people.
“We're not looking for perfect communities,” spokeswoman Colleen Wilber said. “What we look for are communities that are really committed to making their young people's well-being a priority across the board.”
Oklahoma City's recognition stems from large public projects like MAPS for Kids, and efforts by neighborhoods, businesses and nonprofits to help children.
Jo Lynne Jones, director of development and communications for Infant Crisis Services, says the grant was a pleasant surprise and comes at a good time. The nonprofit typically sees increased need during the holidays.
“The money will be used for our program, which is providing food, formula and diapers to babies and toddlers in need,” Jones said.
City officials work with civic organizations to choose the organizations that receive the grants.
The first year the city bought books for a new elementary school library, and last year it went to the Regional Food Bank's programs to buy school supplies, said Jane Abraham, the city's community and government affairs manager. They chose to help babies this year.
“We just felt like there was a need in that area,” Abraham said. “We had been focusing more on school-age children in the last few years. You can reach a different demographic of children that is also in need.”
For more information about Infant Crisis Services or to donate, go to www.infantcrisis.org or call 528-3663.