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Okiciyap Gets Grant to Hire Staff
November 1, 2013.
We are pleased to report that a new single-year grant from the Tribe has allowed Okiciyap to hire two full-time and two part-time staff. Emily Penick Taylor is now officially the pantry director and Krista DeAnn will be their Youth Advocate. They are also going to hire a part-time tutor and a maintenance person.
Congratulations to you all. THIS is sustainabilty.
And thank you donors. Your consistent level of donations in support of this project, in addition to the obvious competence and enthusiasm of Okiciyap volunteers, helped convince the tribe that this was a good investment.
This means that the make up of the Board of Directors has also changed. Cindy Taylor is now the Board Chair. Krista had been the secretary and Barb Moncrief is now replacing her in that position.
Thank you for all your support.
Your Donations at Work
Georgia Littleshield Memorial Pow Wow a Success in August
July Update: Okiciyap Humming Along
We want to update you on how the pantry is doing. It is really coming together. We now receive regular shipments of food Feeding South Dakota and food and other items from National Relief Charities. On the third Friday and Saturday of each month we have pantry day, when people can come and pick up the food they need. People in need of emergency food supplies may call us as well and we will open up for them.
We would like to be able to provide school supplies again this year. We were only able to do that last year with your help.
Here is the list of supplies that they need. As you're seeing back-to-school sales, we'd be so grateful if you could pick up a few extra things for the kids on Cheyenne River.
5 and 3 subject notebooks
Backpacks or Messenger bag
Pens & Pencils
Calculators/Scientific & Regular
Glue Sticks and Regular Glue
Pencil Boxes or bags
Compass & Protractors
Socks & Undies of all sizes for boys & Girls
The community is also busy at work on the August pow wow, which will honor Okiciyap founder Georgia Little Shield this year, one year after her death. See the poster below the slide show.
New Extension for Storage Completed
July 2013 update:
The storage room was completed this spring. It was made possible by a small grant from the tribal community fund. This way they have some place to put extra food and clothes. Great idea.
Parenting Classes Now being Held
Common Sense Parenting classes are now being held at the pantry.
Here are the dates and times:
Feb. 9 (all done)
Feb. 18: 5:30 pm
Feb. 21: 5:00 pm
Feb. 28: 5:00 pm
Mar. 16: 2:00 pm (final class of the series).
It DID Amount to a Hill of Beans!
We are very excited to report that all the donation activity on the Daily Kos this holiday season inspired a man from Oregon to undertake his own donation project, which we think will have a large impact on hunger in Isabel the rest of this winter.
Daily Kos blogger Tom Richmond decided that Okiciyap should also have the lentil-bean chili mix that the pantry in his county had developed with a discount from a local supplier. The rest is history. All this has meant that on January 17th, Okiciyap received 2000 pounds of beans and spice mix, packed into one pound bags accompanied by the spice mix. We are in awe of this effort. Here's an excerpt from local coverage of Tom's efforts. The entire story is here.
"When Richmond approached the group a few months ago with his idea of helping the Okiciyap, he was directed to Camas Country Mill, a farm that supplies materials for FOOD for Lane County’s chili packages. The Eugene-based mill gave Richmond the same price break that FOOD for Lane County receives for its own packages. Another Eugene-based business, GloryBee Foods, supplied its Aunt Patty’s spice mix to Richmond at a similar price break. It is not the first time Richmond has lent a helping hand to others in need, but he acknowledges that this is probably the biggest project he has spearheaded. The Isabel community is one of the poorest in the country, he said, so he wanted to help the budding food pantry there."
We imagine that 2000 pounds of chili will have a significant impact on hunger in Isabel this winter. One person CAN make a huge impact on people's lives. Thank you Tom from the bottom of our hearts.
Progress Thanks to Generous Donors
Because of many generous donors, mostly from the Daily Kos community, the pantry is now on firm footing and was able to expand the number of people it served during the Christmas season.
Last year, we had a large Christmas dinner that included gift time for the children. This year, in our founder Georgia Little Shield's absence, it was less well attended but still a success because we were able to go around the community like many Santas giving gifts to dozens of houses, gifts that included toys and clothing that we bought with your donations, and the coats, gloves, scarves (including some beautiful homemade ones) that donors sent directly to us. We were also able to have adults come to pick up a lot of the gently used clothing that we received. There were many grateful parents and grandparents this year, who, again, could not have provided these things for their families.
Additionally, the pantry volunteers were very thankful to have the gift cards the Daily Kos community also sent us as Christmas presents from that blogging community. Many young people were among those receiving the cards, since many of our volunteers are teenagers, and even under.
We extend our hearty thanks to you, the donor community, for making all of this possible. We know that Georgia is smiling down on all of this, her dream now come true because of all of this wonderful generosity. The spirit of the holiday season has truly been realized.