Communities Foundation of Oklahoma Blog


Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / December 7, 2016

More than 350,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year in the United States. About 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Bystander CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling communities with lifesavers – those trained to give cardiac arrest victims the immediate help they need to survive until emergency medical response arrive.


The American Heart Association wants to create the next Generation of Lifesavers™ by preparing more students, their teachers and their families to help save a life with its CPR in Schools initiative.

The organization is also advocating for laws that ensure students learn CPR before they graduate. With the help of AHA, 34 states are on board, including Oklahoma.  In 2014, The American Heart Association supported a bill that requires students in Oklahoma to learn CPR before they graduate. This means that over 38,000 high school seniors will be flooding our state with a life-saving tool. 


More than two million high school students a year in more than 50 percent of the nation’s public high schools will be trained in CPR because of state laws requiring it as a mandatory part of curriculum for high school graduation, and because of the work done by the AHA’s CPR in Schools efforts.

For more information or to make a gift to support placing a CPR training kit in an Oklahoma School, contact: 

Debbie Hite-Stewart, American Heart Association, Executive Director  405-415-3033

Terri Bailey, Sr. American Heart Association, Director of Social Events  405-415-3036

At Hearts for Hearing, children who are born deaf or hard of hearing are learning to listen and talk! Most of the children who receive our services are in mainstream classrooms all across the state of Oklahoma. Because of the support of generous donors, Hearts for Hearing is able to provide the first set of hearing aids to babies and children, 5 and under, at no cost to families. Donor dollars also allow audiology services and speech therapy services to be offered on a scholarship basis. Hearing technology and these services are necessary components for a child with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language. See and hear more stories of how children’s lives are being impacted through the gift of sound.

Learn more by:

visiting their website 

find them on Facebook

First Serve OKC provides a year-round safe environment for youth with an emphasis on physical fitness, education, nutrition, life-skills training and civic involvement.

Find and follow First Serve on the following social media platforms:

Twitter: @firstserveokc
Instagram: firstserveokc
Facebook: firstserveokc

First Serve OKC is a Fiscal Sponsorship of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma  

By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / February 9, 2016
A new partnership between Duncan Regional Hospital, Cameron University and the Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University is generating healthy interest among people who would like to pursue bachelor's degrees in nursing in Duncan.

read the rest of this article 

Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation partners with Communities Foundation of Oklahoma for their endowment needs. 

Share this page

2932 NW 122nd Street Suite D, Oklahoma City, OK 73120   (405) 488-1450   (877) 689-7726   Email us

Give Now   Enews Signup