Every year the Oklahoma Chapter of Women In Lodging - OKWIL, partners with a local charitable organization to holds a community outreach day - providing a great opportunity for members to give back to our community! Last year, we were honored to spend quality time donating with organizations in Tulsa and Norman. Those organizations continue to do the substantial work of helping victims of domestic violence be able to leave dangerous situations and find their way in the world again.
Which brings us to this year's community outreach opportunity with The Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City.
In Oklahoma City in 2018, people who were experiencing homelessness reported:
10% of the population are veterans; veteran homelessness is down 18% from last year
21% are members of families with children; family homelessness is down 31%
31% are female, 69% are male
62% are white, 26% are black, and 7% are Native American
31% of the population reports mental illness
14% are youth age 24 or younger; 53 unaccompanied youth were counted that night
In 2018, there were a total of 1,183 “countable” people who were experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City. It’s estimated that a community’s annual number of homeless is four to five times it’s one-night census – in this case 4,732 to 5,915 people who experience homelessness in Oklahoma City every year.
Those numbers are staggering and that is why OKWIL has selected The Homeless Alliance as a community outreach partner for a day of volunteering on October 2nd, 2019. The Homeless Alliance works to end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City by building the capacity of the community through collaboration with other agencies, identifying and filling gaps in homeless services, bringing nationally-recognized best practices to the community, and working to build a system that is more efficient, rationale, and caring. Click here to learn more about The Homeless Alliance.
The Homeless Alliance will be designing a special volunteer day for OKWIL Members. If you need help registering, you can reach out to Theresa at email@example.com 405-942-6462.
As you can imagine it takes an tremendous amount of donations to assist as many people as they do on a daily basis, so we are also taking non-perishable donations. Please reference the attached list of items needed the most. Two ways to deliver your donations:
Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association
3800 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 (Donations must be boxed and labeled "Homeless Alliance" no later than Sept. 27th)
The Homeless Alliance:
1724 NW 4th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106 (405) 415-8410