About a month and a half ago, I started a Facebook group called Replenishing Oklahoma. When I first created it, I basically wanted it to be a group from all over Oklahoma posting about different non-profits, service organizations or just service projects from their neck of the woods. Other than that I really wasn’t too sure what I wanted from the group.
I realized pretty quick that I wanted it to be more than that. I wanted the group to be actively making a difference in its own way, so once a month, we have a service project of our own.
Part of the group’s purpose is to emphasize the efforts of the members who are already working on some area or another, get behind those people and offer support with their efforts. That includes going to their city and working with them on whatever cause they need help in. As an individual, I find it incredibly frustrating to always be working on something that no one else seems to care about and I’m sure others feel the same way. The thought is to bring us all together and we can all help each other accomplish our most important goals.
As expressed by the group, there are 6 areas we focus on. Sustainable living, helping the homeless, helping groups or individuals already trying to make a difference such as lawmakers or non-profits, animal welfare, and random acts of kindness.
Our first event was a litter clean up hosted by our group member Geoff and there was another group in Muskogee. Geoff and a few of our other members went to Mitch Park in Edmond and the Muskogee group went to Spaulding Park.
Geoff was an interesting guy, one of the few people I’ve ever met who saw a need and made great strides to fix the problem or at least contribute to the solution. A lot of people like to talk about the problem, who’s at fault, but they don’t want to talk about a solution. Geoff plays disc golf in Mitch Park at least once a week, but usually more. He saw how horrendous the litter problem was, but instead of complaining and hunting for the person responsible, he just picks up trash as he plays.
I am glad that people like Geoff are finding this group and I had the honor of meeting them where they are and working to make change with them. I hope to find many more in the group that are willing to go the extra mile to make a difference.
Although, I couldn’t participate in Muskogee’s pick up, I was so appreciative that they wanted to do the same in their area. Spaulding isn’t one of the more beautified parks in Muskogee, as it sits in a low-income area, but it still every bit deserving as compassionate people willing to go and clean it up. I’m hoping this mentality spreads and more people in other cities want to make the same difference in their cities.
I’m happy to call this first event a success and I can’t wait to see what we can do next!
Are you from Oklahoma and interested in participating in bring positive change to Oklahoma? Replenishing Oklahoma might be the right group for you!