Progress on the Prairie 2017: Community Service is the last of eight sections that will be published in the Enid News & Eagle on Sundays. The Progress features celebrate Garfield and the surrounding counties by focusing on health and wellness, economic development, education, northwest Oklahoma, agriculture and energy, faith, family and community service. See also:

• Progress on the Prairie 2017: Health and Wellness

• Progress on the Prairie 2017: Economic Development

• Progress on the Prairie 2017: Education

• Progress on the Prairie 2017: Northwest Oklahoma

• Progress on the Prairie 2017: Agriculture and Energy

Progress on the Prairie 2017: Faith

Progress on the Prairie 2017: Family

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Now the chapter could use help. Blue Star Mothers in Enid needs care package items and financial donations. Checks may be made out to “Blue Star Mothers” and mailed to P.O. Box 974, Enid, OK 73702. 

“It was way beyond anything we thought we could achieve, and was beyond anything that we could really achieve fundraising without Lew’s assistance. That truly should be thought of as his legacy to the community, because it would not have happened without Lew and Myra (Ward)." — Gary Brown

Enid SPCA specializes in finding animals that may otherwise not be readily adoptable. Its mission is to end adoptable pet euthanasia in Enid, taking in shelter animals at risk for euthanasia.

“To walk into it as a 22-year-old and learn how to run the business, there’s a lot going on. The generations before me probably felt the same way, but we’ve expanded and done places we’ve never been before.” — Jay Bowers