Participants: Isaiah, Miranda, Safra, Mariam, Hannah and a group of freshmen, in picture. Minutes were not taken at the meeting because there was a conflict with STUCO's meeting preparing for Homecoming.
1. Food Bank Speaker: Tips for a Students Against Hunger Food Drive
Nicole provided brochures, flyers, collection plastic bags, boxes and suggestions of what other schools have done in the past to motivate giving. Safra and Mariam led the freshmen collecting boxes from Nicole's car. They started to build the boxes, but we needed packing tape to make them stronger.
2. Fall Fest Reminders
Isaiah made a sign-up sheet. He and Miranda will send text to remind YAC membership to bring donations and volunteer at Fall Fest. Temporary tatoos is what we will be featuring at the booth. The details for the booth were sent by Miranda and Isaiah to Coach T. Mrs. Clay also followed-up requests with an e-mail. Best Buddies will share a table with YAC
3. Project Proposals On Parking Lot
This is about the possibility of having the students at Casady School help Open Arms Clinic (a Christian Charitable clinic) in providing prescriptions and medical supplies to low-income uninsured patients.
I’m a long-time member of All Souls Episcopal Church. I left a lucrative position at a software start-up company in Washington, DC to join Open Arms Clinic and address the critical need for healthcare among poor adults in the OKC metro area.
Although our clinic helps low-income uninsured patients apply for prescription assistance programs, the process can take three months. Open Arms Clinic and it volunteers and donors step into that gap to ensure that patients get the life saving and health sustaining medications they need. We are supported entirely by charity. For a patient with diabetes this could be a three month prescription of insulin at $458/month. With the growing number of under-employed and unemployed in our community without health insurance, this is a critical problem. In fact in June of 2016 the US Census Bureau ranked Oklahoma County 40th of the 100 top counties in the country with the highest numbers of adults without healthcare insurance. This is out of over 3,000 counties.
Something needs to change. In order for us to continue to assist these members of our community we must educate the public and ask people to become Agents of Change.
I’d like to ask the students to join me in this effort by distributing empty prescription bottles and asking their friends and family members to fill them up with spare change.
Although we can no do all things, I believe with God’s help we can do something meaningful to share the love of Christ with a hurting world.
I’d be glad to come to talk to classes, clubs or assemblies to educate them about the problem. I can work it however would be best for the students and school.
May I make an appointment to come see you this next week about how the students of Casady might become agents of change?
God Bless You,
Rosemary Hayes, PhD
Development and Volunteer Coordinator
Open Arms Clinic
5252 N. Meridian, Suite 1010
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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