When did you first get involved with CCFI?
I first got involved with CCFI when I was 16 years old. I was a sophomore in high school and my son was about 3 months old.
What service(s) did you and your family utilize?
My child and I were part of the Bringing Up Babies program offered through my high school.
What was most helpful about the service(s) you received?
I was able to receive emotional support that I was not receiving from my family at the time. I was able to ask questions about my child’s growth and how best to foster that growth through activities. I received help and encouragement with breastfeeding and received diapers when I needed them. I was also able to receive car rides for our appointments.
Did coming to CCFI change anything about your life?
Absolutely! CCFI has been a part of our lives for 10 years now. In the early years, I learned how to be a responsible and involved mother. CCFI has also supported my academic career through volunteering and work study. I was able to be involved in a nonprofit that was willing to help me and my child even outside of normal services.
What comes to mind when you think of CCFI?
I think of the wonder people that have continuously been supportive. CCFI has been a family outside of my family. Their encouragement has kept me moving through the years.
What do you feel is the biggest impact CCFI has made on the community?
I think the biggest contribution has been Boys & Girls Club of Norman. The Club allows for potentially at risks to be involved with positive role models. Having a child myself, I know that interaction with positive adults is imperative to initiate success.
What would you like to say to encourage others to get involved with CCFI, whether by donating or volunteering?
Regardless of what you give, money or time, the benefit will be tenfold! CCFI has created a foundation for my family to flourish emotionally and economically. CCFI will help many more families. This is your chance to help another family establish a strong foundation.