Williams pledges $500,000 to RCF
02-02-2021 - Williams, a Tulsa-based energy company, has become the first major corporate sponsor of Reed Community Foundation’s capital campaign to renovate and reopen the Ben Hill Community Center located in the Greenwood District of North Tulsa. Through its Foundation, Williams has pledged $100,000 annually for five years, for a total of $500,000 toward supporting the mission of the Reed Community Foundation (RCF) to change lives and build future leaders in the Tulsa community.
Capital Campaign for the Ben Hill Project
Overview of the Reed Community Foundation with the emphasis on communicating the vision and unveiling the plans as we move forward with our effort to raise funds to relocate to the abandoned Ben Hill Community Center located in the Greenwood district of Tulsa.
Our goal is to be operational by May 2021.
Introduction to the Reed Community Foundation
The Reed Community Foundation was established in 2014 to support the work of “Coach” Keith Reed. His life’s calling is to be a positive role model by instilling self-discipline, self-esteem and confidence in “at risk” youth who are in jeopardy of slipping into trouble, dropping out of school, or are in immediate risk of permanent harm. He is a force for positive change, a mentor and a loving presence to countless young people in north Tulsa, many who are at risk to succumb to the pressures of joining a gang, dealing or using drugs, or generally displaying a bad attitude towards authority figures.
Ben Hill Community Center Cleanup Project
06-20-2020 - Over 60 volunteers converged on the Ben Hill Community Center and spent 3 hours cleaning out all the trash and junk that accumulated over the years of being abandoned. We also removed ceiling tiles and vinyl floor tiles in preparation for the renovation project. It was a great community effort from people who are excited to see us finally get started on our path forward to relocating to this future wonderful building.
Relocation to Ben Hill Community Center
The Reed Community Foundation announced in October with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum that RCF is partnering with the City of Tulsa to occupy the abandoned Ben Hill Community Center in 2020. The city will invest in exterior renovations from 2006 bonds while the RCF will renovate the interior. Additionally the City of Tulsa will invest $2.7 million toward renovating Ben Hill park from the 2019 "Improve Our Tulsa" initiative. The Reed Community Foundation has been active in the community servicing at-risk children for more than 14 years. Led by Coach Keith Reed, RCF provides a safe environment for children’s activities and provides accountability lessons and life skills. Currently RCF reaches more than 60 children between the ages of 4 and 12 per day, provides a home school atmosphere, and each child receives a hot meal donated by the Intrinsic Foundation. In relocating to the Ben Hill Community Center, Coach Reed plans to double and eventually triple the number of children that RCF serves.
Mayor Bynum announces RCF partnership
10-08-2019 - Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum announced that the City of Tulsa has partnered with the Reed Community Foundation which will allow RCF to operate out of the Ben Hill Park facility located at 210 E. Latimer Pl, Tulsa, OK 74106. This 11,000 square foot building, which once was an important part of the north Tulsa community, has been vacant for over 10 years. RCF will assume the responsibility, both financially and physically, of taking on major interior renovations. Relocating to this building will allow RCF to offer more community-based programs and to reach more children and families in the community.