A nonprofit grassroots coalition helping people of all ages receive assistance while providing them with the necessary skills to make the change they seek.
TurnChange is a project of Grand Nation that helps those in need by providing a hand up, not a hand-out. It is a collaboration between the faith community and local nonprofit organizations.
After determining the needs of people in crisis, TurnChange volunteers match those needs with resources throughout the community while also helping those in need take the necessary steps to self-sufficiency.
TurnChange seeks to empower individuals, not enable. Volunteers work with those in need to help them learn to do for themselves. The project follows the philosophy of either giving a man a fish or teaching a man to fish.
TurnChange guides participants up a ladder of change that helps those in need turn their lives around so they can do for themselves instead relying on hand-outs from others.
TurnChange meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The meeting, which includes lunch, is held at noon at the Grand Nation office in Vinita.
Being food insecure means that there are times when households are uncertain of having, or are unable to acquire, enough food for their families because of a lack or money or other resources. Through The Table Food Resource project, Grand Nation is working to help eliminate both hunger and food insecurity.
The Table Food Resources Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) helps provide low-income seniors with a box of free food on a monthly basis.
To qualify, seniors must be age 60 or older, meet low-income guidelines that are the same as SNAP and live in either Craig, Delaware or Ottawa counties.
The food boxes are delivered to several locations around the three counties for pick up by recipients.
Three or four months a year, The Table project also has mobile food pantries that distribute 12,000-15,000 pounds of fresh food to 125 local families. The food is provided by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
To find out more about The Table Food Resource project, call Grand Nation at (918) 276-2192.
Doing laundry is a very basic, but important necessity of life. However, for those living on a very limited budget, washing clothes can be a financial hardship. A pile of dirty laundry means making a choice.
So, when a budget is stretched tight covering rent, utilities and food, laundry often falls to the bottom of the list.
Understanding that for some people a handful of quarters to do laundry can make a big difference, Grand Nation has partnered with the national Laundry Love initiative, which provides regular opportunities to help people who are struggling financially by assisting them with doing their laundry.
Grand Nation’s Laundry Love project gives families the option to redirect their limited funds toward food and other basic, everyday necessities by taking a load off families.
On the third Saturday of the month, Grand Nation provides the soap, dryer sheets and the money to do two loads of laundry for families. The Grand Nation Laundry Love event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Laundry Express, 456 North Wilson St., in Vinita.
For more information, call Christin Baker at Grand Nation, (918) 276-2192.
Grand Nations financial literacy program, Banking the Unbankable, is a partnership between the coalition and Oklahoma State Bank.
In addition to classes teaching budgeting and money management, the program sets participants up with a no-fee bank account and debit card.