OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Community and Faith Engagement (OCFE) hosted its 35th annual Volunteer and Community Partner Recognition Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2018 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The theme of this year's event was 'Defining Excellence!' Twelve organizations and six individuals were recognized for their efforts and contributions to communities statewide. The awards were presented by Sheree Powell, DHS Director of Communications and Community Relations.
Camryn Sanders used her platform as Miss McAlester to raise awareness about illiteracy. She established the Storybook Exchange in 2013 and donated 5,000 new hardcover books for DHS child welfare workers to distribute to foster children. The donated books had a retail value of nearly $60,000. Currently a student at Oklahoma City University, Sanders plans to continue her collaboration with DHS to provide even more books for children in foster care.
"We salute all our volunteers - they are so inspiring," said DHS OCFE Administrator Karen Jacobs. "From individuals to group efforts, we have seen a genuine outpouring of compassion and commitment to help others. It is humbling to see so many people get involved in their communities to help meet the ongoing needs of families and children across the state."
From left: DHS Communications Director Sheree Powell and Camryn Sanders