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May 25, 2013

Power in working together:

NORA representative addresses Chamber



“What came out of my work at Zoe Institute was understanding the power of teamwork,” Clemons-Hill said. “We only had a single mom focus in the beginning, and what has grown from that is the ability to centralize the benevolence in one place for more than 12 churches, growing into a faith-based organization.”
As a faith-based organization, the institute was able to apply for grants, she said.
“Since we do work together as a unit in our town, whenever people in need call the churches, (staff) can funnel the call directly to us. We also bring in volunteers who want to help others through community projects.”
Zoe Institute currently has 60 volunteers from several organizations in Tahlequah.
She said that is what NORA is doing — uniting a 14-county rural region as a place for people to want to live, work and play.
“This can happen in the city of Claremore by getting residents and organizations on the same page,” Clemons-Hill said. “There is a lot of power in teamwork. If non-profit organizations communicate more and work together more on the same projects, than what you get are more volunteers, more money flowing in to help solve problems and better results.”
Similar to her interest in helping single mothers, Clemons-Hill said she believes everyone has something inside of them motivating them to make a difference.
For more information on Northeastern Oklahoma Regional Alliance, call (918) 822-7999. 
To learn more about Zoe Institute, Inc. or to make a donation, visit

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