Nonprofit Gives Global Aid

PROVIDING HOPE: Leslie Penrose, left, executive director of JustHope, talks to TCC President Dr. Leigh Goodson about the mission and impact of JustHope. The nonprofit organization will hold its seventh annual Wine for Water fundraiser Oct. 9.

The nonprofit organization JustHope will host its seventh annual Wine for Water fundraiser Oct. 9 at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave., in Tulsa. Doors open at 6 p.m., with meals and wine flights beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a wine pull.

Wine for Water has provided clean water to more than 11,000 people and $35,000 in microcredit loans, helped to create new enterprises that are providing jobs, and increased access to education for hundreds of young people in Nicaragua.

The organization has also impacted Tulsa as over the years hundreds of nursing, medical, music, dental and photojournalism students from Tulsa Community College, the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and other schools have traveled to Nicaragua to engage in service learning and cultural exchange. Both faculty and students have learned first-hand the link between health, social and economic variables and how they impact the entire world.

JustHope microcredit programs are supported by several groups around Tulsa. With more than 150 women now involved, thousands of lives are being transformed. Creating jobs and opportunities for economic development is the primary way that JustHope helps to combat extreme poverty. Those involved with JustHope believe that every person has a right to work and that meaningful work not only helps people meet basic needs but also increases one’s sense of dignity.

JustHope is proud to be a part of shaping lives that are already and will continue to make Tulsa and other U.S. partner cities better communities.

Tickets cost $65 in advance and $75 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Laura Eccles at 918-671-1771.

JustHope had its beginnings when founder and Executive Director Leslie Penrose first visited Central America in 1986 and quickly committed to developing a lasting connection with local groups to address poverty and capacity-building.

In 1996, after years of traveling through countries and communities throughout Central America, Penrose and a small group of companions made the decision to create a long-term relationship with a single community in Nicaragua.

Updated 10-24-2014

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