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December 16, 2012

Possibilities hosts annual ‘Power of Possibilities’ lunch

NORMAN — Possibilities, Inc., a nonprofit in Oklahoma City’s midtown area, hosted its annual “Power of Possibilities” fundraising luncheon at the St. Luke’s Methodist Church event center this week. Guests were treated to an entertaining program and given information regarding the many ways Possibilities improves neighborhoods and communities throughout the region.

“We were pleased to have so many smiling faces at our annual benefit luncheon. The event has grown exponentially over the last several years and it’s a testament to the support we receive from both the OKC community and our partnering agencies,” said Possibilities Board President Lucy Fritts.

Since 1995, Possibilities has built local initiatives and facilitated citizen-managed projects in challenged communities that address poverty, dependency, struggling schools, crime and the deterioration of neighborhoods. The nonprofit, a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency, accomplishes this by teaching citizens a core program of leadership and organizational skills, the “Possibilities Innovation Program,” that strengthens their ability to solve their own problems locally. Graduates of PIP are designated a Community Innovator and begin to organize, plan, and accomplish the community project they have designated for the benefit of their community, neighborhood, school or church.

“The Power of Possibilities luncheon has grown larger every year just like many of our other programs that continue to increase in participation as well. From our monthly People’s Network dinners to our annual Possibilities Innovation Program, the number of citizens involved, the number of citizen-driven community projects, and the impact those projects are having on neighborhoods, schools, places of worship, and business districts, never ceases to amaze,” said Executive Director Shannon Dennis.

With growth both in program participation and the size and scope of citizen-driven community projects, also comes the need for expanded resources and funding.  As worthy nonprofits across the city and state continue to serve a multitude of needs, they must also continue to develop innovative ways themselves to attract much needed resources.   The approach has been multi-faceted.

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