Oklahoma City and the United Way of Central Oklahoma have partnered to develop a text-to-give program aimed at helping the city's homeless. The donation program will distribute donations to local organizations with missions supporting community homelessness. Donations will be managed by the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
To give, text "Help-OKC-Homeless" to 4-1-4-4-4 with the dollar amount you want to give.
Approximately 6,000 people in Oklahoma City are homeless each year, according to the recent Point in Time Survey.
The new agreement offers people who may feel intimidated by panhandlers another venue to give.
“People in Oklahoma are so generous and so kind hearted. They want to help, but they question whether or not that is the right way to give,” says Ward 6 councilwoman Meg Salyer.
“Everyone in Oklahoma City deserves a chance to succeed, and it should be easier to help them get there. That’s why we’ve been working with the United Way on this program to give people another tool to help our neighbors who are struggling,” adds Meg Salyer.
Organizations that will receive funds donated through the campaign include:
Catalyst Behavioral Services
Center for Employment Opportunities
City Rescue Mission
Exodus House (Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries)
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma
HOPE Community Services
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Mental Health Association Oklahoma
Neighborhood Services Organization
OKC Metro Alliance, Inc.
Red Rock Behavioral Health Services
The Salvation Army, Central Oklahoma Area Command
Skyline Urban Ministry
Sunbeam Family Services
Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City
The Winds House (AIDS Support Program, Inc.)
Youth Services for Oklahoma County
YWCA Oklahoma City