Author: Rebecca Conner, M.Ed., LPC
Board Member and Treasurer of the CLC
A new challenge presented itself this past Friday when Ginger Decoteau, Executive Director for the Community Learning Council (CLC) asked if I could help start a blog for our website. Those who know me well know that it is almost impossible for me to say NO. So, here it is Sunday afternoon and I’m thinking about where to begin. All I could think of… tell you a little bit about the CLC and how I became involved with this organization.
I first met Ginger in 2015 when I was looking to relocate my therapy practice to Oklahoma City. The CLC had office space available to therapists who worked with children and families. By this time, the CLC was well established and had worked with educators and therapists for nearly 15 years. I acquired space in the office and had the opportunity learn about the work they did. As a therapist and educator, it is important to have a space where clients feel safe and respected. This was a good fit!
Throughout the year I got to know the people at the CLC and became familiar with their services. Here’s what I learned:
- In 2001, the CLC became an IRS designated 501c3 nonprofit organization.
- For 3 years, the CLC provided work-related education to victims of domestic violence at shelters across Oklahoma. During this time, the CLC also wrote and produced three award-winning public service announcements to raise awareness of this crime.
- In 2004, the CLC added therapists to counsel victims of domestic violence. They also started one of the first Art Therapy groups in Oklahoma for children who had witnessed this crime. These services continued for over a decade.
This was important work and I wanted to be part of it. I decided to volunteer time, donate money and help with fundraising efforts. The Board invited me to join them as a member before the year was out.
Near the end of 2015, the work we were doing at the CLC shifted back to education. We offer work-related education, parenting education, continuing education and other support services. We refocused our mission and broadened our reach. Today, the CLC goals reflect this adjustment.
The CLC Board of Directors have embraced these changes and continue to provide the leadership necessary to make this a viable nonprofit. In upcoming blogs we will introduce members of the board, featuring each individual and their years of service. We’ll explore the various programs CLC offers and the impact we expect them to make in our community. In the meantime, browse the website to learn more about the CLC and how you, too, can support the work.