Matthew 25:40 reads, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
This verse inspired a group of Oklahoma City women to create Revive Inc., which seeks to network nonprofits and churches in central Oklahoma that are in need of volunteers or donations.
“We believe wholeheartedly that whoever we help, it’s the most Christ-like endeavor we could have,” said Cynthia Huffmyer, Revive president.
The nonprofit began in 2007 by holding banquets and an annual networking event. It also conducted bus tours. Huffmyer said pastors’ wives from across central Oklahoma spent a day on a bus visiting various volunteer sites around the area and hearing presentations by the director of each nonprofit.
Board member Carol Wright said the nonprofit may do bus tours again in the future, but Revive Inc. has turned its attention online in the past year.
Board members created a database on the nonprofit’s website that lists volunteer and donation opportunities across central Oklahoma. Entries on the database can be searched by category, date or ZIP code at serveok.org.
Huffmyer said close to 50 churches and nonprofit partners contribute to the database.
Each entry also keeps track of how much of the need has been met. For example, if a food bank needs 50 cases of water, it will keep track of how many cases have been donated to avoid a surplus.
“We really believe a lot of people want to serve, they just don’t know where to begin,” Huffmyer said.
“The people of Oklahoma are really caring and very giving, and if you show them what is needed, they always respond. So it’s just a matter of knowing where to serve, knowing where the needs are.”
Wright said the database is constantly growing. To help raise awareness of the website, Revive Inc. hosts a monthly gathering of compassionate care groups, at which they can network.
“That’s been great, because they can say, ‘OK, I need a car,’ and someone knows where to get a car,” Wright said.
The majority of Revive Inc.’s partners are faith-based, but any nonprofit can contribute to the database, Huffmyer said. Likewise, anyone in the community is welcome to fill any of the needs listed on the website.
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