The Norman Transcript


December 16, 2012

Possibilities hosts annual ‘Power of Possibilities’ lunch



“We are so thankful for all of the support we receive from our investors. Possibilities is the program facilitator, but the real stars of the show have always been both our Community Innovator graduates and the investors who make it all possible,” said Dennis.  “There are still a lot of neighborhoods throughout the region with citizens who are yearning to make a difference. The good news is that we hear from more and more of those people each day that want to learn the skills that will allow them to make a lasting and positive impact on their local community.”

The luncheon held Wednesday is just one way in which the Possibilities raises funds.  Among the more traditional channels and the much-appreciated support of investors, the group has also launched a one-of-a-kind ballroom dancing event for Oklahoma City.  The highly successful “In the Mood for Possibilities” event is held each May in the Meinders Hall of Mirrors at the OKC Civic Center.

Possibilities’ Community Innovators are dynamic grassroots leaders whose innovative efforts to transform their communities achieve safer neighborhoods, stronger families, community schools and economic growth throughout Oklahoma City and beyond. Countless projects and improvements have resulted from Possibilities’ Community Innovators’ work with some examples listed below:

· Volunteer and mentor students at local schools

· Volunteer at churches

· Offer truancy counseling for students and families

· Provide an after school program for teens

· Teach crafts and healthy lifestyle classes in the community

· Provide job training and life skills

· Volunteer to improve foster care and promote adoption

· Work to create and lead formal neighborhood associations

· Write and secure grants for community/neighborhood improvement

· Hold regular community building events

· Organize and carry out citizen crime patrols and neighborhood clean-ups

· Offer financial counseling for seniors

· Provide holiday baskets for isolated seniors and struggling families throughout the year

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