On the path forward 2022: Building a resilient community is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in January, February, March and April 2022. The sections are 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 24, 2022, focuses on Community Service.

Other sections include:

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: Health and Wellness, Jan. 30, 2021

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: Economic Development, Feb. 6, 2022

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: NWOK, Ag and Energy, Feb. 20, 2022

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: Education, March 6, 2022

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: Military Impact, March 20, 2022

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: Excursions, March 27, 2022

• On the path forward 2022 Building a resilient community: Faith, April 10.

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The report, compiled from 30 recommendations from several town halls held last fall, found that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness and substance abuse issues in adulthood.

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❝Hopefully, if our numbers continue to increase, we’d like to do some things like a Bingo night or expand to have a Buncko group. We get calls all the time of, ❛Is there anything I can come to.❜❞

RSVP Senior Center Director Kim Blankenship

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❝It’s a volunteer position, but we need them, we desperately need them. We need a diversity of volunteers. We need them in Kingfisher and Blaine and Woodward and Grant. All the counties are needing representation.❞

 Fourth Judicial District CASA Volunteer Coordinator Alyson Burrow

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❝We really offer a lot of free community resources and just a lot of those foot-in-the-door opportunities. If I could promote and push Enid Young Professionals to that person who wants to meet someone new but doesn't know how — we are perfect for you.❞

Ali Kirtley, marketing director at PT and Enid Young Professionals board president, chair of communications and co-chair of 10<40.

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❝You hear complaints about your town or school, but I try to drown that out. I'm a positive person, I would rather get involved and do something about it — actually putting my effort toward actually making the difference.❞

Businessman and volunteer Jason Turnbow