OnCue convenience stores raised $21,100 for local Safe Place partner organizations through the sale of limited-edition reusable cups. OnCue contributed 50 cents to local mentoring programs for each cup sold from Jan. 1 through March 31.
Safe Place is a community initiative where partners like OnCue stores, fire stations and libraries work with youth outreach organizations to provide immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need.
“Having OnCue on board with our Safe Place program is a great asset to the work we do – they are dispersed throughout the town, which provides walkable access to help for many youths,” said Angie Freeny, PCYS Safe Place Coordinator. “We are so grateful for this extra step OnCue has taken in choosing PCYS and Safe Place to receive extra support from their Charitable Collectors’ Cup program.”
The funds raised have been distributed to local program partners based on each store’s geographic proximity. Cups sold in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas will go toward Pivot, the lead program partner in OKC. Funds raised in Stillwater and surrounding areas will go toward Payne County Youth Services, and the funds raised in Houston will go to The Children’s Center Inc.
“Between 1.6 million and 2.8 million youth run away each year, according to The National Runaway Safeline,” said Laura Aufleger, President of OnCue. “We’ll help get what they need and keep them safe.”
Youth can text the word “safe” to the number 4HELP (44357) to receive a list of Safe Place locations in their area. For more information, visit nationalsafeplace.org.