Building on Tradition is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in February, March and April 2019. The section is designed to feature individuals, businesses and organizations in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma that work every day for the betterment of the region and its residents. This section, which published April 14, 2019, focuses on Community Service in Enid and the area.
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Kip Miles has been a quiet force in the community through volunteer work with Enid AM AMBUCS, doing everything from providing flags to honor veterans and providing AmTrykes for more than 500 handicapped children to establishing a children’s playground at Meadowlake Park and leading the Summerfest celebration from 1986-1992.
Each spring more than 200 athletes and volunteers with Special Olympics Oklahoma converge on Vance Air Force Base for one of Enid’s largest joint military-community public service efforts of the year.
A year ago, Community Development Support Association began to offer testing for developmental delays in infants and toddlers and has conducted 500 screenings since.
“Our motto is ‘Doing the most good,’ and from the outside looking in we don’t want someone to take that the wrong way. That is our promise to our donors and volunteers, that we are going to do the most good we can with it. It’s just our promise.” — Salvation Army of Enid’s corps assistant Victor Estudiante
"We've served over 6,500 households across Enid and in the surrounding communities. Nearly 2,000 of them have come for assistance one time. We're serving a lot of folks who just a need little help here or there. It's a far smaller number for people that come every single month." — Katy Long, assistant director
"It’s just nice to have a place to come and visit with people, and I’d like to see more people come and enjoy it." — Lydia Wideman, retired nurse, RSVP Senior Social Center patron
Matthew Lohman, CEO of Hope Outreach Ministries, said the program has had a solid success rate of helping people overcome homelessness or financial struggles over the years and has been where some of their current employees made their start.
"We have really opened the world for so many people. You can obviously see that with hearing, with people who haven’t been able to hear before. There have been so many studies where people feel so isolated, and there’s a certain level of depression, if you can’t hear what’s going on." — director Carmen Ball
“We definitely need a creative, innovative community leader who will be present at Enid events. We want someone who knows the city and will be a positive face for Park Avenue Thrift.” — Dr. Steven Mackie, vice-chairman of the board