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Project East Tulsa: Double the Difference – $60,000 Challenge Grant


George Kaiser Family Foundation to match donations to Emergency Infant Services and The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

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Contributions will help provide essential services to Tulsa’s most vulnerable families

TULSA, Okla. – Recognizing the shared needs between their clients, Emergency Infant Services and The Parent Child Center of Tulsa have teamed up to provide essential services to children and parents in the Tulsa area all from one location. During the grand opening celebration for their new co-location on Friday, George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) announced a $60,000 challenge grant to benefit the organizations.

[quote]These organizations provide essential services that help to break the cycle of poverty for families and children in Tulsa. – Phil Lakin[/quote]

“These organizations provide essential services that help to break the cycle of poverty for families and children in Tulsa,” said Phil Lakin, board chair and trustee of GKFF. “The missions of these two groups align perfectly, and this new location will allow them to provide comprehensive services to their clients. Their collaboration, and the public-private partnerships that make it possible, serve as a model to be followed by other nonprofit organizations.”

The challenge asks the Tulsa community to contribute up to $60,000 in support of the co-location project, to be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $60,000 by GKFF in the month of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Increased and first-time contributions made to Project East Tulsa: Double the Difference between April 5 and April 30, 2013, will count toward the GKFF challenge.

Difference

Emergency Infant Services (EIS) serves pregnant women and children who are 5 years of age or younger and provides basic essentials, including food, formula, diapers, clothing, cribs and car seats. The organization assists more than 14,000 children each year. EIS has no waiting periods or income qualifiers, operating on the theory that a hungry child cannot wait. Families may come for assistance up to four times in a calendar year.

“Oklahoma ranks in the top 10 for the most children living in poverty, and this challenge grant will help us provide basic, essential services to those children and their mothers in the Tulsa area,” said Tom Taylor, executive director of EIS. “For every dollar that is donated to EIS, 90 cents goes directly to our client services, so we hope the Tulsa community will rally to the challenge to raise $60,000 so that we can take full advantage of this grant opportunity.”

Screen Shot 2013-04-05 at 2.42.52 PMServing more than 46,000 parents and children last year, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa (PCCT) provides a wide array of services focused on strengthening families to prevent and end child abuse and neglect in the community. Among other services, PCCT offers programs including SafeCare, a voluntary parenting program that offers support and education for pregnant women and parents of children from birth to 5 years old, and Great Beginnings, a voluntary home visiting program that focuses on positive parenting and encourages child health and development.

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“Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, this grant opportunity could not have come at a better time,” said Desiree Doherty, executive director of PCCT. “Our programs provide essential support for parents to ensure their children are being raised in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. We hope the community will support us in meeting this challenge grant, which will help us continue to prevent child abuse and neglect in Tulsa.”

The joint location opened in east Tulsa in January 2013 at 9910 E. 42nd Street, Suite 100 in Tulsa. Donations to the Project East Tulsa Fund can be made at the Tulsa Community Foundation or www.tulsacf.org by April 30.

About Emergency Infant Services
Emergency Infant Services (EIS) meets the basic human needs of infants and children through 5 years of age whose families are in crisis or emergency situations. EIS assists more than 14,000 children each year with the basic necessities of food, formula, diapers, clothing, cribs and car seats. For more information about how to help, visit www.emergencyinfantservices.com.

About The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Serving more than 46,000 parents and children last year, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa provides a wide array of services focused on strengthening families to prevent and end child abuse and neglect in our community. For more information about how to help, visit
www.parentchildcenter.org.

About George Kaiser Family Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) is a charitable organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement. Based in Tulsa, Okla., GKFF works primarily on initiatives developed in collaboration with Tulsa-based direct service organizations. For more information about George Kaiser Family Foundation, visit www.gkff.org.

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