State Launches ‘Be A Neighbor’ Initiative To Help Oklahomans In Need
A brand-new initiative that matches Oklahomans in need and the resources to help them is now up and running. It's called Be A Neighbor. The website makes it very simple to match up individuals with nonprofits or churches that want to help them.
Be a Neighbor was envisioned by Governor Kevin Stitt who then charged DHS with making it a reality.
“He recognized that the local community should be solving local problems,” said OKDHS Director Justin Brown.
Brown said since its launch last week, 159 neighbors - nonprofits and churches- have joined and that's just the beginning.
“The platform is built for thousands and thousands and I know we’re going to get it. There are thousands of non-profits across the state who want to serve.”
Behind the scenes, case workers from the Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections and teachers and counselors can also use the platform to find, help and manage resources for those they are working with.
And Brown said the best part of it all is its flexibility. State agencies may soon be added as neighbors and in the future, he hopes to use the site to link volunteers with nonprofits.
“The beauty for us is the future enhancements are world changing,” said Brown.
Click here to view the website. This is where nonprofits can go to join as well.