Building one-on-one relationships with students in the Duncan Public Schools system is One True Light’s mission. Friday, that mission received a boost thanks to a $5,000 donation made by the Arvest Foundation.
The donation was announced at One True Light’s board meeting.
“We were very excited, and very honored that Arvest would choose our organization to give the grant to. We really rely on donations and grants from the community to keep us going,” One True Light Administrative Director Jill Harris said. “The group that started this organization in 2012 had a dream to help kids in the community, and we now have 80 mentors who go for an hour each week to mentor DPS kids elementary-age through high school. It’s really humbling to see how Duncan and the community around us have gotten behind the program. It’s so cool to see how many different organizations come together and help us.”
The funds will help the organization fulfill its Spokes for Hope Summer Feeding Program which is a meal delivery service for nearly 200 children each day in the summer. Volunteers deliver meals along three routes, two of which are by car and one via bicycle. The funds will also go into a scholarship fund that will help students pursue their dreams of attending college or technical schools. Many of these children will be first generation high school graduates.
“One True Light’s mission to mentor children in school and provide meals to them in the summer is a great source of positivity in our community,” Tim York, a commercial lender for Arvest Bank, said. “We are proud to make this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation and help this great organization fulfill its purpose of providing a brighter present and future to Duncan’s children.”