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Young OKC Beautiful volunteers chip in to clean up the city.

Kevan Goff-Parker April 16th, 2014

Shuffle over Baby Boomers and Generation Xers because OKC Beautiful is tapping a group of civic- and community-minded Millennials as volunteers through its Making Oklahoma City Beautiful (MOB) Young Professionals group. Membership is open to those 22 to 35 years old.

An MOB service project.
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OKC Beautiful is a longstanding charitable organization dedicated to improving the image and appearance of Oklahoma City, and MOB reflects the nonprofit’s overall mission.

Brittany Earnest, marketing and events manager at OKC Beautiful, said MOB brings together young like-minded professionals for a variety of activities focused on Oklahoma City.

“The creation of MOB was a meeting of the minds, and it takes advantage of an emerging concept,” Earnest said. “We started with volunteers we’d worked with and word of mouth. We use social media to promote and register for every event.”

She said MOB’s focus is based on three pillars: connecting young professionals, serving the community through volunteer projects and learning about the new and exciting things happening in Oklahoma City.

MOB made its online presence known in late 2011 when former OKC Beautiful communications director Juliann Strange, who is now the organization’s program and business manager, started building online excitement about the organization using Facebook, Yelp and other online tools. Earnest said Strange plans and manages MOB’s networking opportunities, community service projects and learning experiences for its more than 40 members.

“MOB is a lot of fun, a great way to network, and it does a lot of good for the community,” Earnest said. “In March, we featured a talk by Dr. Bob Blackburn, the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, during our Pizza and Beer night at Hideaway Pizza. It was incredible!” 

One of the public service beautification projects MOB participates in includes LitterBlitz, a partnership between OKC Beautiful, the City of Oklahoma City and the Great American Clean-Up, in which members pick up litter throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. More glamorous events include its annual fundraiser, Casino Florale, at which guests are given play money that is then converted to poker chips so they can play casino-related games.

MOB members also help with the yearly Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, and have cleaned up local parks and planted flowers at local schools, according to Earnest.

“We have members from a wide range of professions and from different walks of life,” Earnest said. “And most of our public service projects are handson, and our custom tours include places like Devon (Energy) and other prominent companies.”

She said upcoming events will include art classes and the Annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament.

“It is a fun way to talk and get to know each other, and a good value,” Earnest said.

MOB membership is $50 per year.

To learn more, visit www.okcbeautiful. com, email juliann@okcbeautiful.com or call 525-8822.

 
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