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Nonprofit notes: Diversity initiatives, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, Senior Engagement Program volunteers, Wings award, Blood donations low, Curbside Flowers, Trauma Informed Care Center of Excellence, and Epic honor

Dialogue Institute to introduce new diversity leaders

The Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma is hosting a free virtual program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 to introduce the leaders who will be spearheading new diversity initiatives for Norman and Oklahoma City.

Featured speakers are Shalynne Jackson, chief diversity and inclusion officer for Oklahoma City, and Cinthya Allen, chief diversity and equity officer for Norman. Shannon Warren, president of the Women’s Diversity Initiative of Oklahoma, will moderate the program.

The event is part of a series on “Restoration, Reconciliation and Resiliency” that the Dialogue Institute began hosting in December.

To register and for more information, go to

Circle Cinema donates ticket proceeds to help end racism

TULSA — Circle Cinema will donate $16,400 from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. In late January, Circle Cinema served as one of 25 satellite locations for the festival. This donation reflects 100% of ticket sale proceeds from the Tulsa venues.

Circle Cinema identified the Commission as the beneficiary of ticket sale proceeds as a part of their commitment to eliminate racism. The Commission works to expand knowledge of the Black Wall Street community, create economic and entrepreneurial opportunities for African Americans and promote communitywide reconciliation in Tulsa.

For more information, go to

Sunbeam launches senior volunteer program

Sunbeam Family Services seeks 100 volunteers, age 16 and older, to donate their time and talents to join the nonprofit’s Senior Engagement Program. The program encourages independence and self-sufficiency by helping seniors stay active and connect to their communities.

Volunteers donate at least 1.5 hours per week and are partnered with a senior who is vulnerable due to illness or age. Volunteers provide companionship through activities like watching a movie or working on puzzles. Volunteers may also provide respite care to their partner’s caregiver and provide task assistance like meal preparation.

For more information, go to or call 609-8930.

Wings chosen as finalist for Nonprofit Excellence Awards

EDMOND — Wings, a special needs community for adults, is one of 21 Oklahoma organizations chosen as finalists for the prestigious Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards, presented annually by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony April 24 at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club. The event will be livestreamed on

Wings provides programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its mission is to enhance the lives of these adults through social, vocational and residential programs guided by principles of the Bible.

For more information, go to or call 242-4646.

Oklahoma Blood Institute has emergency need donations

Oklahoma Blood Institute is experiencing an emergency need for blood donations of all types. The winter weather has dramatically reduced donations during a time when blood drives are already struggling with collections due to COVID-19-related cancellations.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute provides more than 90% of the blood to the state, requiring 1,200 donors each day to keep a healthy supply of blood on the shelf.

To donate or for more information, go to or call 877-340-8777.

Curbside Flowers gets national spotlight, donation

Curbside Flowers, a full-service flower shop bringing beauty to the community while providing employment and training to people transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City, was recently featured on The Drew Barrymore Show’s “Galentine’s Day Celebration.”

The show featured interviews with Curbside Flowers managers Ranya Forgotson and Jordan Barton, and actress Ayesha Curry, who surprised the managers with a $5,000 donation to reach their Valentine’s Day goal.

To view the video, go to For more information about Curbside Flowers, go to

Aetna launches Trauma Informed Care Center

Aetna Better Health recently announced the launch of the Trauma Informed Care Center of Excellence in Oklahoma to address secondary trauma in the workforce.

Through the center, Aetna will offer resources and promote organizational culture change by coaching community partners to address secondary trauma, the emotional duress that results when an individual is exposed to the firsthand trauma of another.

During the first phase, Aetna will sponsor a yearlong investigation designed and conducted by University of Oklahoma’s Hope Research Center in partnership with Sunbeam Family Services.

For more information, go to

Epic honored for support of Hispanic, Mexican students

Epic Charter Schools has been honored by the Mexican government for its support of Hispanic and Mexican students. In a public ceremony Feb. 10, Epic received a donation of Spanish-language books by Mexican Consul General Rodolfo Quilantan to be used at its Heritage Academy, a bilingual pre-K through 12th-grade program launched last year.

Robert Ruiz, president of Scissortail Community Development Corporation, worked with local Hispanic parents to spearhead Heritage Academy, which is serving 160 students in its first year.

For more information, go to

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman