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Sepcial Olympics 2012 Summer Games


Special Olympics provides year-round sports training & athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children & adults with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation). Competition is provided for people of all ability levels through a divisioning process designed to allow each athlete an equal opportunity to compete & win.

Please check the link below for the volunteer registration form

http://osuserves.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/2012-sg-volunteer-form-revised1.pdf

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“Tee It Up For Teens”


PayneCountyYouthServices,Inc.
8th Annual Golf Classic
“Tee It Up For Teens”

Ways you can participate include:
• becoming a hole sponsor
• playing in the event
• sponsoring a team
• volunteering at the event
• providing donated goods or services to be used as prizes, raffle items or to fill goody bags for the golfers.

Please check the link for the event flyer and registration form http://osuserves.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/flyer-tee-for-teens-golf.pdf

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Pet Food Pantry


Their site: http://petfoodpantryokc.org/

This non-profit organization operates on donations to supply food for pets of people who cannot afford to do so. They would like to expand to the Stillwater area. If you would like to support this cause, please contact Tami Golden at (405) 408-9554.

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CASA Announces New Fundraising Effort: Searching for the Stars!


If you loved the Gong Show, if you miss Star Search or you’re a fan of America’s Got Talent then you’ll LOVE CASA’s Searching for the Stars!  Payne County CASA is searching for stars to help in its mission to advocate for abused and neglected children!  CASA is searching for groups and individuals who are interested in showcasing their talent for a good cause.  CASA is now accepting audition entries for the first phase of its Searching for the Stars fundraiser.  The talent auditions will be held on July 30, 2011 at
6 pm at the Stillwater Community Center.  Auditions are open to anyone who would like to perform and have the chance to move forward in the fundraising event.  The entry fee is $25 and must be included with the entry form which will be available on Payne County CASA Association’s Facebook page and at
www.casaforkids.com or can be emailed upon request by contacting info@casaforkids.com.  The deadline for entries is July 15, 2011 by 5 pm.  The audition performances will be scored by a panel of three judges based on stage appearance and personality, originality and creativity, audience response, delivery and overall performance. 
The entry form can be found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/56419405.
Entries will also be accepted via YouTube until July 15, 2011 by 5 pm.  All performances both live and video, must be two minutes or less.  For YouTube submissions simply email a link to your YouTube entry to info@casaforkids.com.  Your video submission will not be considered until your entry form and fee are received in the CASA office.  All YouTube submissions will go through a pre qualifying panel made up of Payne County CASA Fundraising Committee members.  The chosen YouTube entries will be shown at the live auditions on July 30th to the panel of three judges and the audience and given the same opportunity for a chance to advance as one of the six finalists.
The top six finalists and three alternates will be announced at the end of the auditions.  The six finalists will then perform at the 12th Annual Hearts Go Out for Children Gala Fundraiser on February 4, 2012 at 6 pm at the Payne County Expo in front of 300-350 guests.  Finalists will collect pledges on their behalf as a portion of their scores.  The six finalists will have three months to prepare for their final performances and their individual pledge campaigns which will kick off on November 16, 2011.  The overall winner of CASA’s Searching for the Stars will be determined by adding 50% of the finalist’s points determined by funds raised with 50% of the scores given by the panel of three judges.  The six finalists will compete for CASA’s Searching for the Stars trophy and prize package sponsored by local businesses. 
The auditions on July 30th will be open to the public, first come first serve, for the first 700 guests.  The auditions are general admission.  The cost is $5 for adults.  Children under 12 are free.
For more information please review CASA’s Searching for the Stars Entry Form or call 405-624-2242 or email info@casaforkids.com.  Entry forms will be accepted via email, fax at 405-624-2250, by mail or in person at 315 W 6th, Ste 205, Stillwater, OK  74074.  Payne County CASA is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit agency and all pledges/donations are tax deductible.  Payne County CASA is a United Way agency. 

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Spread the Word on National Service Disaster Response


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Dear Service Leader,

As communities across the U.S. recover from one of the deadliest disaster seasons on record – and brace for more damage from floods, forest fires, and hurricanes – AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are on the frontlines providing critical support to families and communities in need.
Arriving quickly and staying for the long haul, hundreds of specially trained national service participants are responding to disasters in multiple states, providing skilled manpower and managing tens of thousands of volunteers.
 
Working in close partnership with FEMA, emergency officials, and faith-based and community groups, national service members are removing debris, sandbagging , running call centers, coordinating donations, assessing needs, providing food and shelter, supporting evacuation efforts, and managing large scale volunteer efforts.
Now you can spread the word about the important disaster response work that national service is doing in five easy steps:
1.       Join us on Facebook by “liking” http://www.facebook.com/serve and http://www.facebook.com/nationalservice
2.       Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/servedotgov  
3.       Tweet about national service and disaster relief and recovery by using the #CountOnUs hashtag
4.       Retweet @Servedotgov messages 
5.       Share the Count On Us: Joplin video (http://youtu.be/RZApuJHy3GM) on your Facebook wall, blog, and via Twitter.
Through these easy steps, you can help tell the story about the key role of national service in disaster recovery.  
Office of External Affairs

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July is Make a Difference In a Child’s Life


(Stillwater, OK)  This month and throughout the year, Payne County Youth Services, Inc. encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Payne County a better and safer place for children, youth and families.  By ensuring that youth have supportive and caring people they can turn to, we can improve their quality of life.

Young people perform better in all areas of their lives when they have a supportive relationship with a caring adult. For at-risk youth, volunteer mentors can be an especially positive influence that helps them make good decisions, believe in their own strengths, and excel in school. Safe Place agencies and sites can connect youth to positive supportive caring adults and help influence youth when they are in crisis and need someone to talk to.  Safe Place agencies can also connect youth to long term mentoring in their community which research has shown that youth with mentors are less likely to engage in at risk behaviors. (Big Brother’s Big Sisters)

Communities across the country search for ways to keep youth safe and many have established Safe Place as a community collaboration making help readily available.  Safe Place designates businesses, community buildings and mobile units as Safe Place sites that prominently display the Safe Place logo.  Any youth in crisis can walk in and a trained representative will come to meet with them and together they will begin to determine what kind of help is needed.  Safe Place connects children and their families with the supportive resources they need.  In Payne County, Safe Place is operated by Payne County Youth Services, Inc.

The designated Safe Place sites of Payne County include:

Stillwater Safe Place Sites:

  • All On-Cue locations, Anderson’s Taekwondo, Carl’s Jr., Cimarron Medical Services, Consumer’s Grocery, CREC (Central Rural Electric Co-op), Family Resource Center –OSU, Food Pyramid, IHOP,Holiday Inn and Suites, Lincoln Academy, OSU Parking and Transit Services, Payne County Youth Services, Payne County Youth Shelter, Stillwater Designs, Inc., Stillwater Fire Departments, Stillwater Home Health, Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater Middle School, Stillwater Junior High, Stillwater High School, Stillwater Police Department, Stillwater Public Library, Strode Funeral Home, Texas Roadhouse,Total Health, Walgreens and the YMCA;

Perkins Safe Place Sites:

  • Perkins Junior High, Perkins High School, Perkins Library, On-Cue locations, Christian Church of Perkins, Perkins Drug

Cushing Safe Place Sites:

  • Cushing Middle School, Cushing High School, Cushing Fire Department, Cushing Youth Center, Escott’s Foods

Yale Safe Place Sites:

  • Yale Library, Yale Public Schools, Yale Maveric Mini Mart;

Glencoe Safe Place Sites:

  • Glencoe Maveric Mini Mart, Glencoe High School;

Ripley Safe Place Sites:

  • Ripley Maveric Mini Mart

The Safe Place sites display the Safe Place sign and employees are trained and prepared to assist any youth needing help. In Payne County, an estimated 2 to 4 youth receive help from the Safe Place program each month.

This national initiative operates in 40 states that serve over 1528 communities across the country.  Safe Place has helped over 265,000 young people who have gone to a Safe Place and asked for help or contacted the youth serving agency after they learned about the program at school.  For additional information, contact Angie Freeny, Safe Place Coordinator at Payne County Youth Services at (405) 377-3380.

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Oxfam America: Fix the Broken Food System


Dear Joyce,
Soon there’ll be nine billion of us on the planet.
The food, water, and land we all rely on could be used up.
Starting today, Oxfam’s GROW campaign will work to change the way we produce, consume and eat.
Take the first step.
Your family goes to bed hungry every night. You scrape just enough money together each day to feed them, but today at the market, the prices of basic foods like rice have jumped. What do you do?
Give your kids less? Eat less yourself?
This dilemma is real. Food prices in recent years have hit record levels, causing riots in 25 countries. Farmers who are producing the world’s food can no longer feed their families.
Our food system is broken…but not beyond repair. Oxfam is launching a major campaign to take on the policies and corporations that control how much food gets produced, where it goes, who eats and who doesn’t – and we need your help.
Hunger isn’t about too many people and too little food. Our world produces enough food for all of us. So why does one in seven people still go to bed hungry each night?
A small handful of corporations control the vast majority of the food we eat. Local elites and frantic investors are grabbing up land we desperately need. Crops are being turned into fuel for SUVs. The causes are complex, but the solutions are pretty simple. And every one of us can make a difference, right now.
Together, over the coming months, we’ll push for a few simple but powerful changes to ensure our planet is ready to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Here’s how we’ll do it:
  • Demand that our leaders use crops for food, not fuel.
  • Pressure Congress to make sure ALL our food aid actually reaches those who need it most – right now, half never makes it.
  • Hold corporations accountable when they speculate on food prices, causing costs to spike and people to go hungry.
  • Push world leaders to help small farmers, who are facing more frequent droughts, floods and storms.
We aren’t saying it’s going to be easy. But together, we can make sure there is a place at the table for 9 billion people.
Sincerely,
Vicky Rateau, Campaign Manager, GROW
Oxfam America

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Caregiver Support Group and Dinner


Tuesday, May 31st

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Memory Care Building

4300 East McElroy Road

Stillwater, OK 74065

Please reserve your spot today… 

(405) 743-4900

 

Elise White, RN

Cushing Regional Hospital Transistions Unit

 

Elise White, RN will be our guest speaker.
TOPIC:
COMMUNICATION
TIPS AND IDEAS TO MAKE THE MOST
OF YOUR VISIT
 She has extensive experience and education in the geriatric psychiactric field. This is a great learning opportunity for those of you that have been impacted with
Alzheimer’s Disease or other type of Dementia.
 
 
Free Respite Care Available
The Renaissance is happy to provide respite care at no charge. It is our mission to help caregivers at any given opportunity. We do require a 48 hour notifcation if you need respite for your loved one.
 
Please contact our Community Outreach Director, Ginger Thomas with any questions gthomas@renaissanceok.com or (405)743-4900

More info posted here.

 

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CASA Special Summer Session Training June 21


 

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