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March 16, 2013

Noble native receives 30-year pin for work with troubled children

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Hill explained that kids who go through these programs get something out of them, but they don’t have that much support as they come out. “If they have some help, it gives them a much better shot at being successful,” Hill said. “That’s what you want to do, to give them every opportunity possible to get out and be successful.”

Known for his compassionate and helpful attitude toward youth, co-worker and friend, Kim Sardis, who now works for the Legacy of Hope Foundation in Norman, helped initiate the Marvin Hill Youth Empowerment Fund slated to help youth and families in need. The fund will offer help when parents and caregivers have exhausted all other resources to meet the needs of children. Funds will be used to purchase the immediate and crucial needs for youth in crisis — items like food, clothing, personal and household items, recreational supplies, educational costs/fees, medical costs and transportation.

“I’ve known him (Hill) since 1988 when I started to work with OJA,” Sardis said. “He always went above and beyond helping kids in the system, being a true social worker to kids int the system. He was always very passionate about helping kids not only in the OJA system, but in schools. He has a heart of gold. He was a mentor and a teacher to me and still is. He’s courageous and brave and a very giving and passionate individual.”

Hill didn’t know about the fund in his name until it was announced at his pinning ceremony. “It was a surprise to me. I thought it was quite an honor and it touched my heart,” he said. “It will help them (youth) leave a program and go out into the community.”

Over the years, Hill has served the community in many ways and has been a member of the Noble City Council, as well. Currently on administrative leave due to a health issue, his mother, Margie Hill has been appointed to finish out the remainder of his term.

Hill and his wife, Jody, live in Noble.

For more information about the Legacy of Hope Foundation and the Marvin Hill Youth Empowerment Fund, visit www.legacyofhopeok.org

 

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