OASFAA has contributed to many local charities over the years, collecting food, clothing, toys, and funds for agencies that care for the needy in our communities. Because the members of OASFAA serve to promote the opportunity for post-secondary education, OASFAA tries to target the needs of a particular population, often underserved children, in the community in which the annual conference is held.
The Local Arrangements Committee will recommend a new service project every year to the OASFAA Board in an effort to meet the needs of that particular population with a collection drive at the annual conference. Themes and items requested for collection will be announced to the OASFAA membership, via the OASFAA listserv, prior to the annual conference.
If you have a suggestion for a charitable organization to be represented at the conference, please email the Local Arrangements Chair.
2018 Conference Service Project
Every year, OASFAA supports a service project, and the 2018 project benefits Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA.)
The OICA was launched in 1983 by a group of citizens as the result of an investigative report by the national news media which exposed a horrific story of cruelty and abuse experienced by Oklahoma children who were in the state's custody. That media report, "Oklahoma Shame," spurred child advocates from every corner of the state into action to create an organization whose mission was to ensure the protection of Oklahoma's children. OICA was established to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state's care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and futures at risk.
OICA Mission: "Creating awareness, taking action, and supporting policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma's children."
At the 2018 OASFAA conference, attendees had the opportunity to contribute to OICA through a basket raffle or directly to OICA. OASFAA Board members and Committee Chairs created widely varying themed baskets and were raffled at Thursday evening's dinner.