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.
2017 Conference Service Project
Every year, OASFAA supports a service project, and this year the project benefited New Hope Oklahoma. New Hope serves children of prisoners ages 5 – 18 by providing school-based and community-based after school programs, weekend retreats, holiday gatherings, monthly family social events, and residential summer camps. These programs are possible through individual and corporate donations, foundational grants, trained volunteers, and a highly qualified staff.
New Hope is changing the lives of children of prisoners every day. When a child’s parent goes to prison, many important developmental milestones are put in jeopardy and children suffer, but New Hope is working to break the cycle of generational incarceration in the state of Oklahoma. Through our life affirming programs, children are lifted from isolation and fear into possibility and hope. New Hope addresses the issues these children face through our main services areas: community and school-based after school programs, weekend retreats, summer campus, holiday assistance, and social services coordination.
Donations of tolietries, paper goods, and other items and contributions to the basket raffle was overwhelming! OASFAA was able to contribute approximately $500 in goods and $1,700 in monetary donations to this worthy cause!