EDMOND — Poverty in Oklahoma is at 10-year high, with more than 610,000 Oklahomans living below the poverty line and more than 80,000 children in Oklahoma County schools qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches.
The University of Central Oklahoma's Volunteer and Service Learning Center illustrated the impact of these realities during Poverty Awareness Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.
The week featured a series of interactive educational events as well as a new partnership with Rebuilding Together OKC, a nonprofit organization that repairs and improves homes for families in need.
UCO students helped Rebuilding Together OKC by painting and landscaping at neighborhood homes. Students also volunteered at the Hope Center, sorting donated food items.