Making Hopes and Dreams
I believe in living generously – giving to organizations that make a difference in my community. Each of the non-profits listed below has a direct impact on people, children, and families in Oklahoma. Your donation will go towards enhancing programs, helping people, and fulfilling passionate missions.
Make-A-Wish America finances its work through individual contributions, corporate donations, foundation grants, planned gifts, and chapter fees and assessments. Make-A-Wish relies on in-kind contributions to lessen the cost of goods and services. Local chapters are funded in the same way and also rely on special events and in-kind donations. All local chapter donations stay within the chapter that receives them. So any donation made to Make-A-Wish Oklahoma stays in Oklahoma.
My husband and I have supported Make-A-Wish Oklahoma for over 10 years. We have seen the power of a wish both in our personal lives and in the lives of the families we have worked with through the organization. When your child is battling a life-threatening illness, you are focused on their well-being, appointments, treatments, etc. When the families receive notification of qualifying for a wish it brings new hope. It shifts their perspective, and you see joy in their eyes when the wish is granted. It’s life-changing.
Loveworks Leadership is a youth leadership organization committed to helping students discover their potential and pursue their BIG dreams with programs that focus on building character, leadership development, and entrepreneurialism. Through mentorship and experiential learning, students are equipped to make positive life choices, empowered to solve problems, and ready to explore career interests.
My husband and I choose to support Loveworks because we believe in its mission of equipping students with the tools they need to make positive choices as they grow and mature through middle school. Michael Hirsch and his team are doing great things to help these kids have a bright future. We have seen kids go through this program who were lost 6th graders with little to no hope for a bright future who are now about to graduate college. From the moment we started giving and volunteering we said we wished something like this had been available when our daughter was in middle school.
United Way Norman
Note: Select “In Honor of: Chris Baker Photography so we can give proper gratitude
When you give to the United Way of Norman, your gift stays local. 98.5 cents of every dollar stays right here in our community to help our friends, family, and neighbors. We partner with 27 local nonprofit organizations to help those less fortunate. We focus on Health, Financial Stability, and Education. You can find a brief description of our partner agencies at https://www.unitedwaynorman.org/fundedpartners
I support United Way Norman annually both financially and by taking photos for their annual fundraising campaign each fall. Their funds help a multitude of people within the community of Norman, OK, click the link above to see all the local agencies they work with.