Oakland Hope began in 2014 as a Christian, non-profit organization “motivated by the love of God to alleviate hunger and empower lives in Oakland county”. Oakland Hope is Oakland county’s largest food bank and supported by income from their adjoining thrift shop. They recently moved to a new and larger location to the corner of Baldwin and Walton in Pontiac.
Oakland Hope’s Executive Director and founder, Norma Okonski, has been a social worker in Waterford Township for 34 years. Her commitment is to “drive long-term sustainable change for those who need a hand-up not a hand-out. Oakland Hope’s success relies on local Christians for prayers, financial support and volunteer help. Through the food pantry and thrift store, volunteers have the unique local ministry opportunity to let their lights shine for Jesus!
The Covid crisis has increased the needs of the community around Oakland Hope. Currently, over 1000 families /month are helped with fresh food including meat, milk, eggs, fruits and veggies, bread and dessert.
It’s easy and fun to volunteer! Volunteers are needed both in the thrift shop and food pantry to sort, label and organize thrift store items, as well as restock food, personal shop and pack food in boxes for clients. Volunteers are currently asked to wear a mask and gloves while at work.
Pray for God’s rich blessings and provision to Oakland Hope, strong leadership and wisdom as they serve the Lord and their community.
If you would like to volunteer, check out the website or call Norma at 248-343-4503.
20 E. Walton, Pontiac, MI 48340