The Norman Transcript

Business

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Primrose presents Leadership class grads

    On Tuesday, the Norman Chamber of Commerce graduated both Leadership Norman and Tomorrow’s Leaders. Over the past several months, participants attended interactive sessions covering a variety of topics including communication, education, ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Business and restaurant survey online now

    The city of Norman is seeking input from its residents about retail shopping and restaurant opportunities that they would like to see locate to Norman. On Thursday, the city published a link to an online retail and restaurant survey on ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Norman Nation

    In 1964, when my father was a University of Oklahoma student, he and my mother were in desperation car shopping mode because their vehicle had just died. As the story has been told for nearly 50 years, the Ford dealership had not opened ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spring cleaning: Time to change passwords again

    Are you in the habit of regularly changing the passwords for your online accounts? You should be — changing passwords regularly is a required part of every wise Internet user’s safety routine....

    April 13, 2014

  • Regional partnerships build prosperity

    Job creators shop for sites, regional marketing professionals told Norman’s Economic Development Advisory Board on Thursday. That makes selling the central Oklahoma region with its diversity of site options and amenities a business savvy ...

    April 6, 2014